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U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman introduced legislation earlier this month aimed at making the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share in taxes. Known as the Babies Over Billionaires Act, the bill would tax the unrealized capital gains of taxpayers with over $100 million in assets, and then funnel that money into federal education and health programs. more
State lawmakers in 2019 passed landmark legislation limiting a judge’s ability to impose bail in most misdemeanor and low-level, nonviolent felony cases — a major win for criminal justice advocates who argued the bail system that had been in place unfairly punished the poor. more
U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman and state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi on April 21 both backed Ana María Archila for lieutenant governor. Their endorsements come after Gov. Kathy Hochul’s running mate, Brian Benjamin, resigned from that position two weeks ago after he was indicted on corruption charges. more
It’s a jam-packed campaign season. While the state senate and Assembly primaries suck up most of the political oxygen, there are several other low-level races some observers say are worth watching — particularly the Democratic elections for district leader and state committee member. more
The League of Women Voters of New York State filed an amicus brief with the appellate court hearing the case challenging the redistricting maps drawn by the state legislature, calling its new maps unconstitutional. more
Vanessa Gibson returned to her alma mater on March 27 to be officially sworn in as the 14th borough president of the Bronx. The ceremony, held at Lehman College, was a historic event as Gibson is the first woman and Black politician to serve in the role. more
Bronx attorney James Gisondi is taking a second stab at the 36th district’s senate seat, after losing to Alessandra Biaggi two years ago in the general election. Once Biaggi launched her campaign for Congress, thus creating an open seat, Gisondi decided to throw his hat in the ring once again. more
Come 2023, the lines separating the city’s 51 council districts may look a little different. A 15-member commission has begun the process of redrawing boundaries in preparation for next year’s elections, when all seats — including the ones held by Eric Dinowitz, Carmen De La Rosa and Pierina Sanchez — will be up for grabs. more
Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled New York’s preliminary fiscal budget last Thursday, after a week of tense closed-door negotiations with lawmakers. more
The Riverdale Press’ own politics reporter Sachi McClendon was named to the class of the 2022 New York State Elections Reporting Fellowship recipients. more
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