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CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Unveiling the first policy proposals of his comeback campaign, New York City comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer called Wednesday for sweeping reforms to the public housing system and delivered a sharp rebuke of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s suggestion of fingerprinting tenants.

Spitzer, the former governor who resigned in 2008 after admitting to paying for sex with prostitutes, urged more spending on housing repairs and criticized the city’s plan to lease public housing land to private developers.

“If there’s property that’s underutilized, use it, but use it for the folks who live here right now,” Spitzer said during a tour of  the Frederick Douglass Houses in Harlem. “Selling off parkland in the middle of housing to the highest bidder, that’s wrong.”

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Spitzer also said making sure money for public…

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CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Leading mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio had to take time out from courting voters to go to court Tuesday, appearing before a judge over his arrest at a hospital protest.

De Blasio, City Councilman Stephen Levin (D-33rd) and about a dozen nurses and others had their disorderly conduct cases put on track to be dismissed if they avoid rearrest for six months.

The method is a common way for Manhattan courts to resolve such cases.

De Blasio, who now serves as the city’s public advocate, and the others were arrested July 10 after they ignored a police officer’s order to stop blocking the entrance to a midtown Manhattan office of the State University of New York, according to a court complaint. The group was protesting the university system’s plan to close Long Island College Hospital and sell its Brooklyn property, valued at up to $1 billion.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s been 40 years since the metro hosted a political party convention.

But area leaders and area Republicans are hoping to change that and lobbying hard Wednesday.

Mayor Sly James of KCMO and Mayor Mark Holland of KCK, both took trips to Boston, where the GOP was holding a summer meeting. They, along with other KC delegates, are battling to get the Republican National Convention here in 2016.

“There have been a couple of times when people have said that they heard that we were in town and have been looking forward to hearing what we’ve got to say,” Mayor James said by phone.

“The message we want them to hear from us is how well we work together, our willingness as a region to come together and put our way foot forward,” Mayor Holland said by phone.

Amy Jordan Wooden, an aide…

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CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several of the Democratic mayoral candidates took swipes at soon-to-retire Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a debate Tuesday, particularly on his election to an unprecedented third term and the issue of unionized city workers who have been without contracts.

Candidates Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Bill Thompson, John Liu, and Bill de Blasio gathered for the debate on Tuesday night.

The debate came as a new Quinnipiac University poll placed de Blasio as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, surging past former leader Quinn.

In blasting Bloomberg for circumventing the term limits law to run successfully for a third term four years ago, de Blasio accused fellow candidate Quinn of complicity in the move.

“Speaker Quinn gave Mayor Bloomberg a third term in a backroom deal that defied the Democratic will of the people. What did we get? A massive increase in the use of stop and…

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CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) – Anthony Weiner’s top opponents for New York City’s Democratic mayoral race each got a chance to address the former congressman in a major televised debate Tuesday night, but City Council Speaker Christine Quinn took more than one shot at the flagging candidate as the two engaged in heated exchanges throughout the night.

Two minutes deep into the five-candidate showdown, Weiner was already acknowledging and apologizing for his sexting scandal, but he urged voters to move beyond his “personal failings” and focus on the more substantive issues in the race.

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CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) — Anthony Weiner said Monday he believes his sexting scandals have damaged his wife’s career and seemingly dropped a hint about Hillary Clinton’s potential 2016 presidential plans.

In a wide-ranging interview with BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith that was livestreamed exclusively on the “CNN BuzzFeed” channel on YouTube, Weiner also revealed that he’s still in therapy but did not give further details on the frequency of his sessions.

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CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City comptroller candidates Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer traded heated barbs Monday night in their second debate.

In the forum at the CUNY Graduate Center, Manhattan Borough President Stringer went on attack against the former governor, accusing him of being unethical and suggesting he was involved in unlawful activity when he resigned as governor.

“You had to leave, and I’ll tell you why you had to leave. Because you left because you were under federal investigation, because you laundered money. And that’s the truth,” Stringer said. “And the reason you laundered money was because you were trying to manipulate the banking laws so people wouldn’t uncover your activity.”

He also accused Spitzer of trying to win the election with money.

“The reality is that your campaign is about coming in and trying to buy an election, and that’s not what’s going to happen in…

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Piers Morgan

On the heels of an exchange that was at times honest, at times combative, at times odd, but fascinating throughout, on Monday evening Ben Smith joined “Piers Morgan Live” with impressions from his own interview with Anthony Weiner.

Having sat down live with the mayoral candidate in the initial New York installment of “BuzzFeed Brews,” a widely successful interview series that – until this evening – had been conducted entirely in Washington, D.C., Smith obtained a solid good feel for Weiner’s current state of mind, politically and otherwise:

“He sure didn’t seem happy to be there, he didn’t feel like he was out there trying to make people like him, which is the name of the game,” noted Smith, Editor-in-Chief of “BuzzFeed.” “The primary is on September 10th. If he was going to drop out, he probably would have dropped out already. His best bet of getting in there…

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