State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is moving to change state law so that he and other local prosecutors would have the power to bring criminal charges against aides to President Donald Trump who have been pardoned.
New York City’s biggest police union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, is calling on other union leaders to stop appearing at public events with Mayor Bill de Blasio, accusing him of not being a friend of labor.
The Assembly Ethics and Guidance Committee met behind closed doors this week following a monthslong investigation that focused on former Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin’s alleged mistreatment of a female staff member.
Three days after gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon questioned Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s role in advancing same-sex marriage, the governor argued that its legalization “took off like fire in dry grass” after he shepherded the bill through the state Legislature.
On Friday, the de Blasio administration is expected to announce the creation of a New York City task force aimed at improving how police respond to 911 calls involving the mentally ill, coming two weeks after Saheed Vassell was shot and killed by NYPD officers in Brooklyn.
Undocumented immigrants might be able to get driver’s licenses in New York if a new bill is passed in the state Legislature, but the fate of the measure faces uncertainty before the legislative session ends in June.
During an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Nixon pushed back against host Stephen Colbert’s questions about putting another unqualified famous face in office, comparing her to Trump.
A former New York City Department of Environmental Protection official is facing criminal charges for a bribery scheme in which he allegedly leaked confidential details about $250 million in city contracts.
Online political ads in New York elections will have to disclose who’s paying for them under legislation signed by Cuomo, cast as a response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election and as a way to update old election laws for the digital age.
Since Nixon burst onto the stage last month, her central argument has been that Cuomo cares more about politics and power than people, and if he isn’t careful, he will play right into her capable, lawyerly hands, Mara Gay writes.
The candidates in next Tuesday’s Westchester County special election for state Senate are both accomplished, competent women, but Democrat Shelley Mayer is tougher on ethics and her command of the issues has impressed, so she would make a fine state senator.
Westchester County has the chance to send a clear message in Tuesday’s special election for state Senate District 37: Say no to Albany business as usual by voting for Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian.
Cuomo is right to want to overhaul New York Penn Station, but a mystifying open-ended document approved as part of the 2018-19 state budget speaks vaguely of development plans and funding promises, leaving Cuomo’s plans on how to fix Penn unclear.
Trump said he would scrap a planned summit meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, or even walk out of the session while it was underway, if his diplomatic overture was not heading toward success.
Heading into a contentious campaign for control of Congress, Republicans are increasingly divided over how to bolster their signature legislative achievement – a $1.5 trillion tax cut – amid signs it is not the political gift they had expected it to be last year.
Jared Kushner met with Republicans and Democrats to build momentum for prison reform legislation that could advance to the House floor next week, but the Senate is pushing for a more sweeping criminal justice package.
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.