(CNN) – Christine Quinn, the front-running Democratic candidate to become the next mayor of New York, made her bid official Sunday, saying her aim was to keep the metropolis "a place for the middle class."
New York "needs to remain and become even more that place of opportunity," Quinn said at a press conference in northern Manhattan. "A place that's a beacon for the middle class and for people who are fighting so hard to get into the middle class. And I'm running for mayor because I want to keep New York City that place and make it more of that place."
(CNN) - New York has long been seen as something like a political ATM, one of several states ripe with cash for candidates who visit, collect checks and return to their districts or states to campaign.
Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, again blasted a member of his party who tapped the New York fundraising well but cast a vote against federal relief funds for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. This time, the candidate in his sights was Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
(CNN) – While critics blast Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on plastic foam containers as a major overreach, a new poll indicates that a strong majority of New Yorkers don't mind his so-called nanny state politics.
And though they approve of Bloomberg's latest restriction campaign, the poll also shows that New York City voters view Rudy Giuliani as the best mayor in the last 50 years of the Big Apple.
New York (CNN) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg, known in New York City for his tough regulations on everything from large sodas to smoking in Central Park, proposed a new target during his final State of the City speech Thursday: plastic foam containers.
"Styrofoam increases the cost of recycling by as much as $20 per ton because it has to be removed," the mayor said. "Something we know is environmentally destructive, that is costing tax payers money, and that is easily replaceable, I think, is something we can do without."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch has been placed in the intensive care unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, his spokesman said Thursday.
Koch spokesman George Arzt, who spoke to the former mayor this morning, told CNN affiliate WCBS that the mayor "was in obvious discomfort."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The tough new gun restrictions pushed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have caused a hit to his approval rating, according to a poll released Wednesday, though the Democrat still remains popular with voters in the Empire State.
(CNN) - The conservative group American Future Fund released Friday its first television ad in a multi-platform campaign against former Sen. Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's defense secretary nominee.
The spot will air on cable television in New York, the group said, and is critical of the state's senior senator, Chuck Schumer and his support for Hagel's nomination.
(CNN) – The stringent gun laws pushed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and passed by the state legislature this week are viewed favorably by large majorities of voters in the state, a Siena College poll released Thursday indicated.
Those measures include a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, which 73% of New York voters support. Ninety-one percent approve of increasing penalties for purchasing illegal guns and using guns on school grounds.
(CNN) – Democratic candidates for mayor in New York City, including frontrunner Christine Quinn, hold early leads against potential GOP rivals in a new poll released Wednesday.
The Quinnipiac University survey showed Quinn, the speaker of the New York City Council, with a strong lead over her Democratic primary rivals, including Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Comptroller William Thompson.
(CNN) - Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into a law Tuesday a new package of gun regulations to fortify the New York's existing assault weapons ban, limit the number of bullets in magazines and strengthen rules that keep the mentally ill from owning firearms.
The state measure is the nation's first gun-control bill since the December 14 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 elementary school students among the 27 killed by a gunman who then committed suicide.
The measure was approved by the GOP-controlled Senate on Monday and the Democratic-led Assembly on Tuesday and was quickly signed by Cuomo.
President Barack Obama will unveil national proposals which the White House described as "concrete" on Wednesday.FULL STORY