Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized New York City’s “arbitrary” crackdown on delivery workers’ motorized bikes and scooters, and he laid out his plan to legalize them, which would require helmets for those under 18.
Some lawmakers, including New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, are calling for a city takeover of the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s subway and bus services in the wake of Byford’s resignation.
The head of the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s vaunted Construction Fraud Task Force left her post this week after allegations surfaced that she withheld damaging evidence about a key cooperating witness in seven major bribery cases.
The state Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, an embattled nonprofit with close ties to top state lawmakers, hired a prominent Albany lobbyist in 2017 to boost its fundraising capabilities.
The New York City Council has scheduled a Feb. 6 oversight hearing on the recent growth of commercial kitchens that crank out food for delivery only, avoiding the costs of operating storefronts that saddle regular restaurants across the city.
State Sen. Andrew Gounardes is pitching a bill to provide property tax relief to low- and middle-income homeowners and renters in New York City after a similar measure expired at the start of the year.
With New York City Transit President Andy Byford resigning, it’s up to Cuomo to maintain and build on the progress Byford made, which means pressing on with his decadelong turnaround Fast Forward plan.
Let Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and his colleagues resist limiting outside income and let them kill every reform bill, failing to learn a thing from Sheldon Silver’s searing example, but they can’t stop the state Senate from getting its own house in order.
Four of the expected Republican candidates for the 27th Congressional District have announced their interest in the seat vacated by former Rep. Chris Collins, but what they still need is an actual election date.
House Democrats sought to preemptively dismantle President Donald Trump’s core defenses in his impeachment trial, invoking his own words to argue that his pressure campaign on Ukraine was an abuse of power that warranted his removal.
The Trump administration is finalizing a plan to let states convert a chunk of Medicaid funding to block grants, even as officials remain divided over how to sell the controversial change to the safety net health program.
Research Director, Empire Center for Public Policy
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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.