NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio called the East Harlem explosion “a tragedy of the worst kind because there was no indication in time to save people.”

The incident reveals a “dire need” for infrastructure improvements in the city, according to Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

The explosion took place half a block from NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s district office, which became a command post for first responders.

On the same day he announced his Senate candidacy, Richard Funke learned a campaign aide was busted in a prostitution ring five years ago.

The founder of DailyKos took Cuomo to task for “conspiring with Republicans, hiring Republicans, pushing Republican policies,” and said he’ll never be president.

At a three-hour hearing, Sen. Diane Savino attempted to demystify marijuana, and how it would be used in a medical context.

Forbes says New York is home to both the nation’s most overpriced city – NYC – and its most affordable city – Buffalo.

AQE marched (literally) on Cuomo’s office in search of additional education aid.

Activist Matthew Edge is traveling the state to hang banners that call on state leaders to create a public campaign finance system.

The State Board of Elections will investigate alleged campaign finance violations by a controversial fundraising committee closely tied to Buffalo political operative Steven Pigeon.

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox criticized Cuomo’s Moreland Commission for looking the other way on close political allies of the governor like Pigeon.

The CBC says Albany needs to fix its “broken” school aid formulas.

Albany County has issued a moratorium on the expansion of crude oil processing at the Port of Albany until the county’s health department conducts a public investigation.

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker would be happy to fetch coffee or make copies for Hillary Clinton.

In his suit against the CFB, former NYC Comptroller John Liu says he “suffered extreme mental and emotional anguish, along with dignity harms” when his mayoral campaign was denied matching funds.

Sen. Tony Avella has a plan to protect the state’s 2,200 mute swans, which the state recently targeted for eradication, before reconsidering.

For your listening pleasure: “Notorious R.O.B.”