A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Rep. Charlie Rangel that had sought to overturn the 2010 House censure of the veteran Harlem congressman for financial wrongdoing.

“Matriarch of the gay-rights movement” and New Yorker Edith Windsor was a runner-up for TIME’s person of the year.

A Valley Stream insurance executive pleaded guilty to grand larceny and money laundering in connection with an alleged kickback scandal involving the former leader of the Met Council.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver feels secure in his leadership position. “I think I have the support of all the members and we go from here.’’

Republicans are so nervous about Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm’s re-election chances that they’ve quietly reached out to former Rep. Vito Fossella to make a comeback for his old seat.

EJ McMahon doesn’t think much of the proposals from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s second tax commission.

The Dec. 31 deadline for re-registering for STAR tax exemptions is fungible.

Ignazio Marino, the new mayor of Rome, Italy, says Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was too busy focusing on the transition to meet with him while he was in NYC.

Belief in Santa is eroding among New Yorkers, according to a new Siena poll.

Sen. Liz Krueger is staying in Albany, and not preparing to join the de Blasio administration.

Former President George W. Bush showed off his retirement artwork on Air Force I.

NYC kids under age 5 who attend daycares or pre-schools will be required to get annual flu shots after the Board of Health voted to approve the mandate.

NYCLU and the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the village of Kiryas Joel’s refusal to disclose public records about a sex-segregated park.

Members of a new, pro-casino group in Saratoga Springs gathered for the first time today.

The Moreland report reveals new details of a financial relationship involving an unnamed state legislator and his for-profit company that mirror reports about Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s ad business and a hospital in his district.

Albany Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan has been elected as the next chair for the Capital District Transportation Committee.

In one of his last initiatives while in office, Mayor Bloomberg proposed a bill to prevent cranes manufactured more than 25 years ago from operating at building sites in NYC.

Law enforcement agents have searched the home of GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff over allegations of child pornography.