State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco is calling for the resignation of state Joint Commission on Public Ethics Executive Director Seth Agata over his testimony in the recent federal corruption trial of former top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco.
Cuomo invoked his late dad’s soaring rhetoric to bash President Donald Trump over the New York City’s “disgusting” public housing, and also get in some digs at Mayor Bill de Blasio in a blistering, 30-minute speech at a Brooklyn church.
The Kushner Cos., then run by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, routinely filed false paperwork with New York City, declaring it had zero rent-regulated tenants in dozens of buildings across the city when, in fact, it had hundreds.
A number of state Senate Republicans weren’t happy with the Independent Democratic Conference after the breakaway Democratic group voted against a GOP budget proposal last week that included many initiatives the IDC sought.
Cuomo’s budget plan scraps rigorous state audits of hospitals that help make sure resident doctoral interns aren’t severely overworked and exhausted on the job, and critics worry that could imperil patient safety.
A top official at the state Division of Criminal Justice Services who was found to have threatened female employees and engaged in sexual harassment, racism and ageism was not disciplined, and instead punished two women who provided testimony about the case.
State Sen. Brian Benjamin is set to introduce a bill that would weaken the mayor’s control over schools by requiring majority support from the lawmakers that represent an area where a school is set to be closed.
A new national requirement that school districts disclose per-pupil spending for each school worries many Long Island educational leaders, who said the data could convince the public that some students are being shortchanged, even when this is not the case.
Just when the New York City’s child welfare agency is making two big breakthroughs to transform kids’ lives for the better, Cuomo is balking at continuing to pay the state’s share of the bill, but he should stand down.
New York City needs better transit, and value capture may have a role in helping to finance it, but that requires the MTA to work with the city’s elected officials, who are responsible for the allocation of the city’s real estate taxes.
While there’s agreement that needy schools in New York are not as well-funded as they should be, Cuomo’s latest effort to address that issue is a mix of good and bad ideas that raise questions about gubernatorial power and local control of public schools.
Taxpayers in the school districts that host National Grid’s four old, little-used power plants are worried, and they should be, as a trial date is set for June for a lawsuit the Long Island Power Authority brought to get the tax bills on the plants reduced.
On more than 25 occasions since January 2015, judges or prosecutors determined that a key aspect of a New York City police officer’s testimony was probably untrue, and no detail, seemingly, was too minor to embellish.
Trump abandoned a strategy of showing deference to the special counsel examining Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, lashing out at what he characterized as a partisan investigation and alarming Republicans who feared he might seek to shut it down.
The next presidential primaries in New Hampshire are nearly two years away, but an unusual flurry of activity is stoking speculation about whether a sitting president could face a serious challenge from within his own party for the first time in a quarter-century.
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.