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After Mayor Pledges ‘Due Process,’ NYPD Renews Aggressive Nuisance Abatement Enforcement

After Mayor Pledges ‘Due Process,’ NYPD Renews Aggressive Nuisance Abatement Enforcement by Sarah Ryley for ProPublica and Sarah Smith, ProPublica, Oct. 13, 2016, 10:03 a.m. The New York Police Department has continued some of the most controversial elements of its nuisance abatement program, including its practice of seeking temporary orders that force people from their businesses and homes before they have had the chance to be heard in court. In an analysis of 150 nuisance abatement cases filed over the past six months, The Daily News and ProPublica found that police have sought scores of temporary closing orders as the first step in its actions 2014 civil legal proceedings that target places police say are scenes of illegal activity. The orders can often render entire families homeless, and cause businesses to lose significant revenue, all before they’ve been able to appear before a judge. Last February, responding to an initial…

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UPDATED: Experience voting difficulties?: NY Comptroller Wants Your Stories

IMPORTANT UPDATE** Remember Stringer is a Clinton delegate. [su_button url=”” target=”blank” style=”noise” background=”#000000″ color=”#fffcfc” size=”17″ wide=”yes” center=”yes” icon=”icon: bank” text_shadow=”3px 3px 4px #000000″ rel=”lightbox”]To tell the Comptroller’s Office your story about issues at the polls, please click here.[/su_button] Primary day voting was a messy and controversial affair in New York. With both voter disenfranchisement and voter purging on the minds of many furious New Yorkers, Comptroller Scott Stringer has announced an audit of the New York City Board of Elections. Stringer, however, is a Clinton delegate, leading many to question whether the audit could possibly cast the Clinton political machine in a bad light. Numerous independent and public media outlets reported on not just the purging and disappearance of thousands of Democratic voters, but also broken machinery, closed pollsites, misleading instructions from some pollworkers and even independents who were suddenly registered as Democrats. “There is nothing more sacred in our…

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Where did 120k registered Brooklyn Democratic voters go?

More on the mysteriously decreasing number of registered Democrats in Brooklyn, New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered the New York City Board of Elections to investigate why more than 63,000 registered Democrats were dropped from the voting rolls since last fall.