Federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson threatened to declare the New York City Housing Authority in “substantial default” and warned he would exercise more control over the agency if city officials don’t have a suitable plan by the end of January.
An NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau review of the arrest of Jazmine Headley in Brooklyn last week found no wrongdoing on the part of NYPD officers involved or action that would result in discipline or change of status.
New York City Hall ordered up protocol changes aimed at de-escalating non-threatening confrontations before they get violent – a week after cops were caught on video yanking Headley’s baby from her arms at a city welfare office.
The state attorney general is investigating why a small number of steel bolts intended for the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge unexpectedly fractured during the construction process, and whether the state’s contractor tried to conceal it.
Rep. Chris Collins indirectly continued his feud with late colleague Louise Slaughter by being the only member of the New York delegation declining to co-sponsor a bill that would rename a post office after the congresswoman who died in March.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a morning “inspection” of an L-train tunnel that disrupted service, released photos of himself underground – and came to the same conclusion the MTA has had for years: A looming shutdown will last 15 months.
Cuomo asked the state Labor Department to investigate New York-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley in Cortlandt Manor after nurses alleged "threatening and coercive behavior" from management ahead of a vote to unionize.
A Bronx student got a lesson in city politics when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shot down his request for a meeting to discuss racial imbalances in public school sports, even after Matt Diaz pressed de Blasio on whether he had a plan.
New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray sat down with Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at Gracie Mansion Friday to discuss improving mental health treatment in the city and efforts to reach out to the Hispanic community.
The most crucial protection of the vanishing stock of affordable housing could come from Democrats in the state Senate, but new New York City Council bills address what the city can do on its own, invigorating regulations to stop abusive landlord.
Despite the delay, we can feel the breath of fresh air from two crisis-aid diversion centers that will serve people with serious mental illness and addiction troubles who collide with cops and might otherwise cycle through New York City jail.
Since state legislators are complaining about the ethics reforms tied to future pay raises, the courts need to act soon, or lawmakers are all too likely to wind up with the entire 64 percent pay hike – with none of the strings attached.
Research Director, Empire Center for Public Policy
THIS YEAR'S RANK: 97CHANGE: -4
LAST YEAR'S RANK: 97
As founder and research director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, E.J. McMahon is a go-to expert on budget plans and policy proposals. His organization promotes greater transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility in state government, which often puts him at odds with lawmakers and the governor. McMahon previously worked as a journalist in Albany, as an Assembly Republican staffer and a budget adviser for almost 30 years, giving him great insight into the goings-on in the Capitol.