New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who entered the Democratic presidential race on the premise that his brand of urban progressive leadership could appeal on a national scale, said that he was ending his candidacy.
Hours after de Blasio scrapped his White House bid, the Federal Election Commission flagged the unconventional relationship between his presidential campaign and his state political action committee as it eyed possible contribution limit violations.
State Attorney General Letitia James signed on to a lawsuit spearheaded by California to bar President Donald Trump from revoking a rule that allows states to set tougher emissions benchmarks for vehicles than those of the federal government.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker reissued a warning to New Yorkers, urging them to refrain from vaping as the number of vaping-associated illnesses rise statewide and nationally.
Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball met with New York City Carlos Menchaca and his working group – made up of residents and community organizers – and agreed to delay moving forward with their land-use application.
The support for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren from 17 New York lawmakers demonstrates her growing popularity among the state’s left-leaning politicians, many of whom said they would otherwise back U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
State Sen. Anna Kaplan and Assemblyman Charles Lavine introduced a bill to outlaw “ghost guns,” which are shipped in pieces to be assembled by purchasers and are untraceable, calling the sale of such weapons “shocking.”
State Sen. Chris Jacobs is calling for a moratorium on offshore wind turbines in fresh water, such as lakes or rivers, even as the state is moving ahead with plans to build a massive installation in the ocean waters off Long Island.
Finishing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s cavernous new Long Island Rail Road stop beneath Grand Central Terminal will cost an additional $798 million, another cost increase for the giant project that’s 13 years behind schedule.
The cash-strapped MTA will run fewer but roomier buses on Brooklyn’s busiest route, a move that has been framed as a cost-cutting “service enhancement,” but critics said longer wait times mean poorer service.
The MTA plans to put up another $5 million to examine extending subway service down Utica Avenue in Brooklyn – offering a sliver of hope to some train-starved neighborhoods – after the study was originally left out of the agency’s capital plan announcement.
New York City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal wants to pass a resolution calling on state lawmakers to mandate implicit bias training for medical students, since the city doesn’t have the power to set the requirement.
Members of the New York City Police Department’s semi-pro football team gifted Vice President Mike Pence a No. 20 jersey – a reference to the 2020 presidential campaign – when he visited One Police Plaza.
The Empire State Plaza will continue to be hooked up to the grid with electricity usage offset by a remote solar project under a new plan proposed by the New York Power Authority, abandoning its original plan to create a microgrid and reduce emissions.
The state is in the unique position to show the rest of the country how to build and protect democracy by enacting campaign finance reform with small-donor matching funds, so the public financing commission should not get distracted by fusion voting, Rep. Jerrold Nadler writes.
If there was a Nobel Prize for hypocrisy, New York could have been a laureate, at least until it announced this week that it will abandon its plan to use natural gas-fired turbines to power Empire State Plaza.
This is your regular reminder that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio – who six years ago promised to turn the tide on homelessness – is failing at that job, as everything is going in the wrong direction.
If Long Island Rail Road President Phillip Eng had a priority list for the nation’s largest commuter railroad, the MTA’s $51.5 billion capital plan would seem to satisfy much of it, from upgrading signals to finishing East Side Access and the Main Line third track.
New York state and the Seneca Nation of Indians have for years taken turns pointing fingers as to who is responsible for a badly-deteriorating section of the New York State Thruway that runs through the reservation.
The experiences of residents in Staten Island’s most vulnerable neighborhoods illustrates the difficulties involved in staying put or taking flight in light of climate change, and the lack of comprehensive government policies to address those challenges.
As de Blasio returns to New York, he still has more than two more years in office to build on the progressive track record he promoted in states far from Gracie Mansion and tackle problems confronting his constituents.
A whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump made by an intelligence official centers on Ukraine and a “promise” that Trump made, which was so alarming that the official went to the inspector general of the intelligence community.
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.