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‘Stay tuned’: AG Letitia James tells Dem leaders on when she will decide gov run

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She’s got them on the edge of their seats. 

“Stay tuned..,” New York State Attorney General Letitia James wryly told a group of Democrats Thursday night, heavily hinting she’s being drafted to challenge Gov. Kathy Hochul in next year’s Democratic 2022 primary — and seriously considering the move.

“Speaking of elections, I know many of you might be wondering about my future plans. Just saying,’” she teased at the close of a 30-minute speech to a sold-out crowd of nearly 200, hosted by the Ulster County Democratic Committee dinner at the Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston, according to a recording obtained by The Post. 

“The question for me really boils down to this: What is the best way that I can make transformational change in the state of New York? That is the question and the issue that I struggle with each and every day,” she mulled aloud. 

“I love what I do. I love serving as the Attorney General of the great state of New York. But the question, again, is: can I make more change?” 

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Gov. Kathy Hochul plans to run for reelection.
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It’s the second time this week the powerful Democrat — who recently sank the gubernatorial term of disgraced, ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo with the release of her bombshell sexual harassment report — has raised the idea publicly that she could throw her hat in the ring and run for governor. 

“I don’t know the answer. People have been coming up to me left and right, one way or the other. But that day is coming very, very soon when I need to make a decision,” she added, drawing whistles and a ‘yes!’ from the crowd. 

“So just stay with me and pray with me…and stay tuned!” 

James delivered a campaign-style speech to a group of business and civic leaders Wednesday, laying out a platform for how she would upend state government and listing a litany of her accomplishments in her current role. 

She again took to task criticisms from Cuomo’s now-exiled aides who have recently been attacking the credibility report — arguing she released the analysis because she sought to run for governor — redoubling her defense that she maintained independence throughout the process.

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has opened an exploratory committee to run for governor.
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“That’s why it was so important to stand up and to basically protect young women. These young women who went to Albany because they believed in public service, when they came into my office, and they told me about the fact that Albany was toxic…how they were harassed,” she said.

“I believe them, because they were specific. They gave me concrete examples. And everyone in Albany, every politician that I knew said, “yeah, it was like that Tish”, but it was these young women marched in, gave me the facts, gave me the evidence, worked with the independent attorneys.”

“They’re the heroes, not me, and not Mr. Cuomo, we need to keep our eye on those 11 women. Those are the women who obviously made a difference in the state of New York,” she continued.

“There are individuals, and one in particular, and his allies were trying to discredit and trying to undermine this investigation, and it will argue that I’m that I politicized it. No, I put my head down. It was all about the facts, and all about the evidence.”

James’ consultants have been calling around to potential donors and supporters gauging their interest should she launch a gubernatorial bid in recent weeks — and even James herself has been personally making calls to county leaders and state lawmakers requesting meetings, sources said.

James delivered a massive blow to Cuomo’s political career in August when she released her bombshell sexual harassment report including allegations from multiple women that he sexually harassed them. Cuomo announced his resignation a week after the report was released.

Although the report didn’t bring any charges against him, since then at least five district attorneys are now pursuing their own separate criminal investigations and a criminal complaint has been filed by Cuomo accuser Brittany Commisso — who accused Cuomo of groping her during the workday while she was in the Executive Mansion — with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. 

That investigation is ongoing and several subpoenas have been served to the Mansion and state Capitol Building to obtain records related to the case, The Post revealed.

Other 2022 gubernatorial hopefuls include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will leave office later this fall as he is term limited and left-leaning New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams announced he opened an exploratory committee to throw his hat in the ring earlier this week. 

Meanwhile, Hochul has been fundraising at a breakneck speed, attending fundraisers during the work day in between meetings and press events, as well as evenings and weekends ahead of next year.

Attendees in the crowd Thursday also received fond shoutouts from James, including elected officials and Albany politicians state Sen. James Skoufis (D-Newburgh), state Sen. Michelle Hinchey (D-Kingston), Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) and Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson (D-Kingston), as well as former one-term state Sen. Jen Metzer, and now state Senate appointee on the newly assembled Board of Cannabis Management who James dubbed “the marijuana queen.”

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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.”
New York DMV

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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