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DeRosa publicly disclosed engagement ring as a gift

Here is an expanded version of the third item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions: Long before being named Gov. Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa publicly disclosed as a gift the engagement ring she received from her now husband, who is an executive at Uber. In her 2016 state financial disclosure filing […]


Pat Foye withdraws name from MTA head consideration: sources

Here is an expanded version of the second item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions: Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye has withdrawn his name from consideration to head the MTA, sources told the Daily News. Foye was recently was one of two finalists interviewed for the job by a search committee […]


Trump defends health care bill, ignores Portland attack

President Trump on Sunday rallied behind his proposed tax cuts and a House GOP-backed health care bill amid scrutiny that he was ignoring the deadly rampages in Oregon and Mississippi. As Trump ended his first overseas trip over the weekend, an alleged white supremacist killed two men protecting a Muslim girl from his hate-filled tirade […]


Joe Biden officiates wedding for gay DNC staffer

Joe Biden’s officiating duties have no limits. The former Vice President presided over the wedding of Henry Munoz, the Democratic National Committee Finance Chair, and husband Kyle Ferrari over the weekend. This marks at least the second gay wedding Biden has officiated: he also married Brian Mosteller, the Oval Office operations director for former President […]


N.J. middle school students refuse to take photo with Paul Ryan

Dozens of New Jersey eighth-graders snubbed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) by refusing to take a photo with him during their field trip to Washington D.C. on Thursday. Some of the students from South Orange Middle School in New Jersey who opted out of the photo op explained their reasons for not wanting to take […]


LUPICA: U.S. has forgotten to honor the living this Memorial Day

This is the weekend when we honor the dead, the ones who fought and died, who did not make it back from wars across the world, so many of whom died young in the service of a country that for the time being has forgotten, at the highest levels of government, how to honor its […]


Macron says white-knuckle Trump handshake was a 'moment of truth'

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says his now famous white-knuckle handshake showdown with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump was “a moment of truth” — designed to show that he’s no pushover. Macron told a Sunday newspaper in France that “my handshake with him, it wasn’t innocent.” Macron added: “One must show that you won’t make […]


Frustrated Trump eyes White House overhaul over Russia scandal

WASHINGTON — President Trump is considering an overhaul of his White House staff and bringing back top campaign strategists, frustrated by what he views as his team’s inability to contain the burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Expanding teams of lawyers and experienced public relations hands are being recruited to deal […]


Advocates hoping to get electric bikes legalized in N.Y. in 2017

ALBANY — Electric bikes have motored their way to become a major issue for state lawmakers. Advocates for the motor-assisted bicycles are pressing state lawmakers to pass legislation legalizing the controversial bikes before the Legislature ends its session in June. “They are green transportation and they get more people on bicycles,” said Paul Winkeller, executive […]


War with North Korea would be ‘worst kind of fighting': Mattis

Even the man leading the United States military worries about what war with North Korea would look like. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in his first TV interview on the job that a conflict with North Korea would be “probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetime.” “The bottom line is it […]

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