New York City subway passengers were left stranded and broiling on train platforms for more than an hour on Friday night, thanks to a “network communications” issue that left the Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 trains suspended in both directions.
Nearly 2,000 Staten Island South Shore homes went without power during the sweltering heat on Friday night, one of multiple outages the island has faced since one in Manhattan left 72,000 Con Edison customers without power.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris faced friendly fire during a Democratic dinner from former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who trashed him and other New York progressives for scuttling Amazon’s plans to build a campus in Queens.
Long Island wants a portion of the $3.2 billion in economic activity that is projected to come from two offshore wind farms, which are expected to create more than 1,600 jobs in Suffolk County, Brooklyn and Albany.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler fired off a letter to ex-White House aide Hope Hicks, demanding she clarify “inconsistencies” in her previous testimony about President Donald Trump’s hush payment to Stormy Daniels.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson visited Syracuse at the invitation of Rep. John Katko, listening to and interviewing people on the front lines of the area’s housing and poverty issues.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declined to remove de Blasio for being an absentee chief executive, but he should step in to remove Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas to end the political chaos that has descended on the city.
After handing over Central Park’s Great Lawn for $1.5 million to the planned OZY Fest, de Blasio canceled the event due to the heat wave, but City Hall needs to explain how the for-profit event got approved in the first place.
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.