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Kathy Hochul’s husband was lawyer for casino firm that lobbied officials: records

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The casino company employing Gov. Hochul‘s husband spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying state officials, including “staff at the Office of Governor and Lt. Governor,” while she was lieutenant governor, records show.

Delaware North, a Buffalo-based gambling and hospitality giant where William Hochul Jr. serves as general counsel and senior vice president, paid New York lobbying shop Bolton-St. Johns more than $300,000 between 2019 and 2021 for lobbying services in Albany, according to a review of JCOPE filings by The Post.

William Hochul joined the company in 2016 after three decades as a federal prosecutor. His wife became Gov. Cuomo’s lieutenant in 2015.

In several instances Delaware North and its lobbyists engaged in “direct lobbying” of the “Executive Chamber/Staff of Office of Governor and Lt. Governor” in 2020 and 2021, a time when Kathy Hochul held the position, records show.

In one 2020 case the lobbying centered on “Covid reopening safety plan[s] in New York State.” In another 2021 instance it focused on “ongoing issues with sports betting in the State of New York.”

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William Hochul Jr. serves as general counsel and senior vice president at Delaware North.
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William Hochul has continued in his Delaware North job despite his wife’s ascension last week to the Governor’s mansion.

“[William Hochul] will not be involved in anything whatsoever to do with the State of New York. He will recuse himself from anything to do with New York State,” Hochul’s office told The Post.

Delaware North netted $3.7 billion in revenue in 2020 and employs 55,000 people, according to Forbes.

“Right now the state of New York is developing the rules for mobile gaming apps which is by far the most lucrative place where the industry is going,” John Kaehny, the executive director of Reinvent Albany, told The Post. In April Gov. Cuomo signed a bill legalizing online sports betting. Just days ago, the New York State Gaming Commission approved a new set of regulations knocking out the last procedural hurdles to the plan.

In her new role, Gov. Hochul can appoint members of the New York State Gaming Commission.

Delaware North said it will not pursue a mobile-betting license, but it has huge interests in gaming and casinos, currently owning the Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack in Farmington, NY; and managing the Hamburg Gaming casino. It also has a $39 million agreement with the NY Thruway Authority to manage food and drinks at rest stops, records show.

“Neither Delaware North nor its lobbyists have ever lobbied the former-Lieutenant Governor or her staff on any matter on behalf of Delaware North,” a company spokeswoman told The Post, insisting that JCOPE “does not allow lobbyists to delineate between the governor and lieutenant governor’s offices” in filings.

A rep for JCOPE said the latter is not true and that its forms easily allow delineation of offices.

Though Gov. Hochul has promised a “new era of transparency,” her new executive chamber is shaping up to be one with deep lobbying ties.

Karen Persichilli Keogh is Gov. Hochul's new secretary.
Karen Persichilli Keogh is Gov. Hochul’s new secretary.
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The lion’s share of Delaware North filings from Bolton-St. Johns lists Michael Keogh as a lobbyist for the company. The longtime Bolton partner is married to Karen Persichilli, who this week became Gov. Hochul’s powerful new secretary.

Keogh’s name also pops up on several other six-figure gaming advocacy contracts for clients like Rivers Casino, Caesars Entertainment and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe.

Persichilli herself is no stranger to lobbying, spending more than five years as “head of state government relations” for JP Morgan Chase, according to her LinkedIn bio.

Gov. Hochul spent time as a lobbyist for M&T Bank in Buffalo after she left Congress in 2012, the Associated Press reported.

Hochul’s daughter-in-law, Christina Hochul, is director of federal policy at Biogen, according to her LinkedIn page. The pharmaceutical firm has spent at least $20,000 this year on state lobbyists.

“When Bolton-St Johns supported Delaware North, we never worked with Mr. Hochul, Mr. Keogh did not ever do work for Delaware North, and Bolton-St Johns’ contract ended with Delaware North in February 2021,” a company spokesman told The Post, saying Keogh’s name was only on the forms out of an abundance of caution.

A rep for Hochul said with respect to Persichilli that “recusals have been put in place to ensure that any New York State business relating to the Secretary’s spouse will be delegated.”

Kaehny said Hochul’s “ironclad policies” to ensure against conflicts in her administration should include independent oversight of gaming issues by either the state attorney general or the comptroller.

“The question really is one of sincerity. If Hochul truly wants what she called a new era and change in Albany culture, she has to lead by example,” Kaehny said.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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