Government & Politics

Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Another candidate has announced they will challenge Andrew Cuomo for governor. This time it’s Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who offered a political indictment of Cuomo’s practices and temperament in office.

The 42-year-old Molinaro made his announcement in Tivoli, the small Hudson Valley village where he grew up, and where he became mayor, at the age of 19. He also served in the State Assembly before holding his current job running a county that is part-New York City suburb, and part-country. He says he considers public service his life’s calling, and a run for governor as the next step.

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Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D-CT5, said Monday that she won’t seek re-election in November. Her announcement comes a few days after she admitted to mishandling a 2016 abuse claim from one of her staffers, which prompted calls for her resignation from both Democrats and Republicans.

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Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D-CT5, says she has no intention of resigning from office. The third-term Democrat is responding to calls made in the past few days by prominent state Democrats, who want Esty to resign because of the way she handled sexual harassment allegations made against her former chief of staff.

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Connecticut U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty issued an apology Thursday for failing to protect female employees who say they were harassed by her former chief of staff, including one woman who said she was punched in the back and received death threats.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he will lead a multi-state lawsuit against the Trump administration for adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 Census. 

The U.S. Commerce Department announced the change Monday night, saying that it’s a way to enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and would protect minorities.

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