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A protester stands on the steps of a government building near an encampment outside City Hall, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in New York. City Council members were due to debate and vote Tuesday night on a plan to shift $1 billion from policing to education and social services, with time running short ahead of the fiscal year that begins Wednesday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NYC passes austere budget that cuts $1B from NYPD

Jul. 1, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers approved an austere budget early Wednesday that will shift $1 billion from policing to education and social services in the coming year, acknowledging protesters' demands to cut police spending — but falling short of what activists sought. The vote by the City...

In this June 22, 2020, photo, Senate candidate Charles Booker speaks at a campaign stop at Pikeville City Park in Pikeville, Ky. Yearning for change, a group of progressive Black Democratic congressional hopefuls is rushing toward the national stage, igniting rank-and-file enthusiasm in a party dominated by aging white leaders. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

As party leaders age, progressive Black Democrats take stage

Jun. 25, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yearning for change, a group of progressive Black Democratic congressional hopefuls is rushing toward the national stage, igniting rank-and-file enthusiasm in a party dominated by aging white leaders. Charles Booker, 35, a first-term Kentucky state legislator who grew up poor, is vying...

Jamaal Bowman, who is running against Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., speaks during his primary-night party Tuesday, June. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The Latest: Primary race for Engel's seat too early to call

Jun. 24, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a handful of primary elections across the United States (all times local): 1:30 a.m. The Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District is too early to call. As of 1 a.m. ET on Wednesday, challenger Jamaal Bowman had roughly 61% of the counted vote....

FILE - In this March 3, 2018 file photo, actress Sarah Ramos arrives at the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Ramos has recreated other notable scenes from TV and film and aims to post one a week online during the downtime caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. She calls them quarantscenes. Sometimes a friend such as Dylan O'Brien, Aubrey Plaza or Elle Fanning appear, but Ramos usually acts out all the parts herself. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Sarah Ramos embraces inner-fan by recreating famous scenes

Jun. 23, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Sarah Ramos hasn't let being stuck in quarantine stop her from acting. Ramos, whose TV credits include “American Dreams” and “Parenthood,” has spent her downtime recreating popular TV and movie scenes and posting them to social media. She calls them...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, state Rep. Charles Booker advocates for the passage of Kentucky HB-12 on the floor of the House of Representatives in the State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Ex-Marine pilot Amy McGrath, who seemed to be gliding toward a primary victory in Kentucky, has come under heavy fire from both directions in the closing days of the Democratic contest to determine who challenges Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the fall. Booker recently released his first TV ad that says a “real Democrat” is needed to take the fight to McConnell, the top-ranking congressional Republican who is seeking a seventh term. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

Black candidates tap protest energy to challenge Democrats

Jun. 22, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amy McGrath and Eliot Engel live hundreds of miles apart in states with dramatically different politics. Yet they're the preferred candidates of the Democratic Party’s Washington establishment as voters in Kentucky and New York decide their congressional primary elections on Tuesday....

FILE - This Jan. 7, 2015 file photo shows Sen. Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx, in the Senate Chamber at the state Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. Diaz Sr., a cowboy-hat wearing political fixture in the South Bronx, is one of a host of candidates vying in New York’s primary Tuesday, June 23, 2020, for seats opening up due to the retirement of three veteran members of Congress: Democrats Jose Serrano and Nita Lowey and Republican Pete King. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Retirements spark scramble for open House seats in New York

Jun. 19, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — To the consternation of many Democrats, the front-runner in a crowded congressional primary in one of the bluest districts in New York City, if not the country, is a Pentecostal minister who opposes abortion rights, likes Donald Trump and has a long history of anti-gay comments. City...

This undated photo, provided by his campaign, shows Jamaal Bowman, a first-time candidate who helped found the Cornerstone Academy of Social Action in 2009, who has picked up endorsements from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in his race against U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, a 16-term incumbent representing parts of the Bronx and suburban Westchester County. (Photo by Corey Torpie via AP)

Democratic primary challengers aim to be next Ocasio-Cortez

Jun. 15, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One is the co-founder of a Bronx middle school making his first run for public office. The other is a son of Ugandan refugees with an MBA from Harvard. Both have a shot at toppling veteran Democrats in Congress as New Yorkers cast their votes in a pandemic-disrupted primary election. Jamaal...

Cars head along FDR Drive next to the Manhattan skyline Thursday, March 26, 2020, during the coronavirus outbreak in New York. The New York City immortalized in song and scene has been swapped out for the last few months with the virus version. In all the unknowing of what the future holds, there's faith in that other quintessential facet of New York City: that the city will adapt. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

As NYC awakens, navigating a strange new normal

Jun. 14, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City that was lingers everywhere in the New York City that is, like flashes of movement out of the corner of your eye. The subways run, but not all hours, and definitely not with anywhere near as many riders. Your favorite corner deli has your bagel and coffee — as long...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., speaks at a campaign rally for then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Ann Arbor, Mich. Now it’s Ocasio-Cortez’s turn to defend her record and battle accusations that she’s lost touch with her district. In 2018, the New York Democrat ousted a veteran lawmaker in a primary. Now, the 30-year-old democratic socialist faces a primary challenge from a former Republican who says Ocasio-Cortez is a celebrity who isn't paying enough attention to her district in the Bronx and Queens(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Tables turned, Ocasio-Cortez plays defense in primary fight

Jun. 11, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's turn to defend her record and battle accusations that she's lost touch with her district. The out-of-nowhere winner of 2018′s most spectacular election upset, the New York Democrat faces a June 23 primary in which her chief rival, a former...

Protesters take a knee on Flatbush Avenue in front of New York City police officers during a solidarity rally for George Floyd, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Mayor downplays rough police treatment of NYC protesters

Jun. 5, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Another day of protests over the death of George Floyd brought more examples of New York City officials downplaying or denying the police department’s rough treatment of protesters — even when it was caught on video. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday he had personally seen...