NEW YORK CITY — A persistent divide between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio played out in back-to-back Monday announcements over coronavirus restrictions facing the city amid local resurgences.

First, Cuomo announced schools in nine coronavirus hotspots in Brooklyn and Queens will close Tuesday rather than de Blasio’s proposed Wednesday.

Then, de Blasio pledged at his own news conference that the city is prepared to start enforcing restrictions and closures on non-essential businesses in those areas starting Wednesday — an issue on which Cuomo held off making a final decision.

It took a reporter twice pressing de Blasio on the potential business closures for him to clarify the city will be “preparing” for them to start rather than enforcing them without state approval.

“If the state does not authorize restrictions, we’re not going to act,” he said. “But I find that very unlikely at this point. The governor

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  • In a Saturday conference call, Chuck Schumer said that “nothing is off the table next year” if Republicans try to rush to fill the open Supreme Court seat, formerly held by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
  • Schumer, the minority leader, has generally been cautious about pushing big institutional changes in the past, but his new statement signals a renewed fight for the majority this November.
  • Democrats cannot block a Supreme Court nomination with their 47-member caucus and would need to peel off wavering Republicans to stop McConnell and Trump.
  • McConnell has vowed to fill Ginsberg’s seat, saying “once again, we will keep our promise.”
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In a Saturday conference call with the Senate Democratic Caucus, Chuck Schumer said that “nothing is off the table next year” if Republicans try to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according

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It’s the third in a string of letters pulled together by the Partnership for New York City, the trade group that represents big business in the city. A previous letter publicly criticized the mayor’s leadership, charging that he had failed to keep public safety and quality of life under control in the city. After de Blasio shot back at business leaders via Twitter, telling them to use their power to push Washington for stimulus funding, executives and the Partnership penned a letter to President Donald Trump asking for state and local aid.

But Friday’s letter set its sights back on New York politicians. Cuomo and de Blasio should lead the way on urban recovery in a moment when there is no national agenda for doing so, according to the letter.

Covid-19 recovery has already brought its fair share of task forces and working committees. Both Cuomo and de Blasio appointed

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If you are a follower of New Zealand politics, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the 2020 general election is fundamentally a contest between New Zealand’s two major parties, Labour and National. This is the 28th election they have been in the main ring together, and every government formed since 1935 has been led by one of them.

Outside these two, there are 16 other political parties registered with the New Zealand Electoral Commission. Most, though not all, will be standing candidates and/or a list in this year’s MMP (Mixed Member Proportional) election. The three “minor” parties will also context the vote – the Greens, New Zealand First and ACT – and those which have been in parliament before, like the Māori Party. But even in New Zealand, most voters would be hard pressed to name many, if any, of those

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