Despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's concerns, records show state and federal courts repeatedly have upheld laws requiring children to be vaccinated before they can attend school, saying compulsory vaccinations don’t violate constitutional rights.
Prosecutors are defending the investigation that led to the arrest of Rep. Chris Collins, answering concerns that the probe may have violated an obscure constitutional clause in a way that could complicate or upend their case.
President Donald Trump's new trade deal with Canada and Mexico won't have much of an impact nationwide, but it would give a boost to some industries that are especially important to the Western New York economy.
Undocumented immigrants would get sanctuary across New York state under a plan being pushed by state Sen. Jose Serrano Jr., who said the timing is right to expand the controversial policy already in effect in New York City.
The long saga to make the 68th Street Hunter College subway station fully accessible under the Americans With Disabilities Act has dragged on because of Upper East Side opposition – and costs for the project have nearly doubled.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s latest fare hike went into effect Sunday – weekly unlimited-ride MetroCards rose by 3% from $32 to $33, while the cost of a 30-day unlimited pass climbed by 5% from $121 to $127.
Having bravely been approved by Cuomo and the state Legislature, congestion pricing cannot now be sent to its death by a thousand exemptions and exceptions – if you take a private vehicle into the zone south of 60th St., you pay.
In their latest abysmal display of utter incompetence, the highly paid contractors tasked with instituting all-important safety technology on the Long Island Rail Road seem not to understand the difference between soldering and bolting.
Rudolph Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, said there is “nothing wrong” with a campaign accepting information from Russians, defending the Trump team’s efforts to obtain damaging material about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 race.
Democrats have sidestepped the debate over reparations for African-Americans for decades, but now the issue is bubbling up in the House, and the new majority is wrestling with how to tackle it ahead of the 2020 campaign.
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.