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BC-NY--New York News Digest, ADVISORY, NY

December 16, 2018

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OPPORTUNITY ZONES-KUSHNER

WASHINGTON _ A real estate investment firm co-founded by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is betting big on the administration’s Opportunity Zone tax breaks but isn’t that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks to revitalize. New York-based Cadre, in which Kushner still holds at least a $25 million passive stake, made it clear to potential investors in recent marketing materials that it doesn’t plan to look for development deals in most of those zones because of their “unfavorable growth prospects.” Instead, Cadre says it will target a “small subset” of zones in such cities as Los Angeles, Seattle and Miami where both populations and incomes are already set to rise faster than the national average. By Jeff Horwitz and Stephen Braun. SENT: 993 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE

WASHINGTON _ With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleased a fresh series of attacks Sunday on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel. Trump and Rudy Giuliani used Twitter and television interviews to deliver a series of broadsides against special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in New York. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1146 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ OBIT-KROLL: Colin Kroll, a tech executive who co-founded the HQ Trivia app, has died. He was 35.

_ AMBULETTE DEATH-ARREST: The New York Police Department says two men are facing charges in connection with the death of a Bronx teen who died after being hit by a medical transport vehicle.

_ XGR--SOCIAL SERVICES: New York lawmakers are taking a close look at one of the state’s leading social service programs.

_ ADIRONDACK SKI PROMOTION: A new campaign touting the Adirondack Mountains as an Alpine ski destination is underway.

_ XGR--CHILD CARE AVAILABILITY: A new state task force will examine the availability of child care across New York state

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FBN--JETS-OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK

NEW YORK _ Jamal Adams understands what the New York Jets’ record shows: a 4-10 squad facing an uncertain future. He also refuses to accept that they are one of the NFL’s worst, no matter what the standings or critics say. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 892 words, photos.

FBN--LIONS-BILLS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. _ The Buffalo Bills (4-9) host the Detroit Lions (5-8) on Sunday in a non-conference meeting of two teams under-going transitions. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started at 1 p.m. ET.

BKN--HAWKS-NETS

NEW YORK _ The Atlanta Hawks visit the Brooklyn Nets.

BKN--KNICKS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA _ The New York Knicks visit the Indiana Pacers.

HKN--SABRES-BRUINS

BOSTON _ The Buffalo Sabres visit the Boston Bruins.

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