Denis Slattery, New York Daily News

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Past articles by Denis:

Democratic lawmakers want to mandate annual bail training for New York judges

As Gov. Hochul seeks to once again amend the state’s bail laws and grant judges more leeway when holding defendants pretrial, a new bill introduced Thursday by Sens. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Brad Hoylman-Sigal (D-Manhattan) would ensure jurists get an annual refresher on the subject. → Read More

New York lawmakers discuss bail and judicial discretion at budget hearing as Hochul pushes changes

Democrats pressed administration officials and law enforcement leaders about the governor’s proposal to strip language from the state’s bail laws requiring judges to impose the “least restrictive” conditions to ensure a defendant returns to court. → Read More

Hochul’s proposed $227 billion NY state budget gets mixed reviews from advocates, observers and allies

The governor, elected to a full term in November, is hoping to steer the state through economic uncertainty in the wake of the COVID pandemic with plans to boost housing, tackle mental illness and increase spending on education and healthcare. Her plans have drawn both praise and criticism from watchdog groups and advocates. → Read More

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries joins Gov. Hochul at Bronx rally in support of Hector LaSalle’s NY chief judge nomination

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) were among the boldface names at a Bronx rally held days ahead of what is sure to be a contentious confirmation hearing in which progressive lawmakers opposed to Hector LaSalle’s appointment to lead the state Court of Appeals could seal his fate. → Read More

NY GOP leaders say Gov. Hochul pick Hector LaSalle deserves fair shot as state’s chief judge

Amid mounting pushback from her fellow Democrats, Hochul’s pick received some unexpected support from across the aisle as Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt (R-Lockport) said Tuesday that LaSalle should be given a fair shot. → Read More

Supporters of Belmont Racetrack overhaul tout economic benefits as they seek state-backed borrowing power

The analysis found the Nassau County project could potentially generate $155 million in annual economic output, support 740 full-time jobs, and produce $10 million in new state and local taxes per year. → Read More

Comptroller DiNapoli audit reveals NYC homeless not being placed in appropriate shelters led to deaths, suicides

The analysis found more than a quarter of clients diagnosed with a serious mental illness were not placed in a shelter equipped to meet their needs by the NYC Department of Homeless Services, leading to violent incidents, deaths and suicides at a number of facilities. → Read More

A look at what’s on the legislative horizon for New York Gov. Hochul postelection

The first woman elected to lead the Empire State is gearing up for a full four-year term at the helm and will soon set an agenda that will serve as a blueprint for New York’s post-pandemic future. → Read More

Criminal justice advocates gearing up for sentencing reform push in Albany

Advocates, lawmakers and impacted families plan on holding seven rallies across the state on Wednesday in support of a package of bills that would eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing, allow incarcerated people to petition for resentencing and encouraging rehabilitation through the expansion of “good time” and “merit time” laws. → Read More

Democrats maintain control of New York Legislature as GOP makes gains in Brooklyn and Long Island

Democratic leaders expected to keep at least 40 out of the Senate’s 63 seats in the wake of an election that followed a chaotic redistricting process and saw GOP candidates topple several sitting Dems in both chambers. → Read More

Hochul, Zeldin spar over crime, offer closing arguments in N.Y. governor’s race on eve of Election Day

Hoping to become the first woman elected to lead the Empire State, the Buffalo native is facing an unexpectedly tight race after Zeldin surged in the polls in recent weeks. → Read More

New York Post hacked with extremist hate-filled racist headlines

Fake articles claiming gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin was going to commit a horrid sex act on Gov. Hochul and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was authorizing the slaughter of illegal immigrants were quickly taken down from the tabloid’s website. → Read More

New York Gov. Hochul says state red flag law is working, citing risk order data

Two days after teaming up with Mayor Adams to roll out a new subway safety plan, Gov. Hochul on Monday joined state Attorney General Letitia James to detail enhanced efforts in the state’s anti-gun battle, including a marked expansion in use of the state’s so-called red flag law. → Read More

Rep. Lee Zeldin claims abortion is nonissue in N.Y. gov race despite earlier comments and voting record

However, the Republican has a long history of anti-abortion stances, including calling for the overturning of a 2019 law protecting access to reproductive health care and vowed earlier this year to appoint a “pro-life” health commissioner if elected governor. → Read More

Republicans slam New York Attorney General James over openness to amend bail reform again

James in a recent interview admitted that she’s not against the idea of state lawmakers once again revising the controversial bail reforms as polls show crime is among New Yorkers’ top concerns. → Read More

N.Y. AG James sues Donald Trump, three of his adult children, and the Trump Organization for business fraud — says former president inflated net worth by ‘billions’

The suit seeks to remove Trump and his children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump, from their roles with the eponymous organization after he “falsely inflated his net worth” in order to enrich themselves through “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentations.” → Read More

NYC Republican Senate candidate slams borough he wants to represent: ‘I hate f---ing Brooklyn’

GOP hopeful Vito LaBella had some choice words for his home borough in a video posted online last year showing off a landscaping project at a Massachusetts summer house he owns. → Read More

Trump returns to center stage in New York governor’s race as Zeldin welcomes ex-prez at fundraiser

The ex-commander-in-chief, embroiled in controversy after federal authorities retrieved confidential and top secret records from his Florida estate, appeared at a New Jersey fundraiser Sunday alongside Zeldin as he seeks campaign cash to bolster his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Hochul. → Read More

Upstate restaurateur who stole from Albany mayor’s campaign joins Hochul at fundraising event

Photos from an Aug. 6 event show a smiling Hochul standing next to Scott Solomon, a former Saratoga Springs restaurant owner who pleaded guilty last year to stealing roughly $40,000 from Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s campaign. → Read More

Super PAC money pouring into Dem congressional primary between NYS Sen. Biaggi and Rep. Patrick Maloney

Democratic Bronx State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi is calling on Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to condemn a swell of outside cash and a “pro-Trump” police-backed Super PAC that recently spent hundreds of thousands in support of the sitting congressman. → Read More