The recreational marijuana bill was tweaked to bring the legislative language in line with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s concept of creating an Office of Cannabis Management as well as adding expungement language nullifying marijuana convictions.
State officials tasked with enforcing New York’s Human Rights Law testified at a second public hearing on sexual harassment, but they appeared to be under strict orders not to opine on a package of bills that are pending in the state Legislature.
A new analysis shows top Democrats in the Assembly collected few campaign contributions from their constituents during the past election cycle, making them unlikely to benefit from the 6-to-1 public matching system for in-district donations.
De Blasio defended the use of taxpayer funds to cover the costs of his NYPD security detail while traveling for his long shot presidential bid, even though he’s polling at less than 1% among the 24 Democratic contenders.
In a settlement with the state Board of Elections, New York State United Teachers didn’t have to admit guilt and paid a $100,000 penalty for a campaign finance law violation, so what’s the point of even having these laws.
At a time when women’s rights are under siege across the nation, there are no women officially in the race to replace Rep. José E. Serrano, Erica González, a former senior adviser in the New York City Council, writes.
In the wake of massive overtime abuse at the Long Island Rail Road, the MTA is assigning yet more eyeballs to review employee pay. Fine – but let’s hope it’s not just part of an effort to distract from the LIRR’s real overtime woes.
Research Director, Empire Center for Public Policy
THIS YEAR'S RANK: 97CHANGE: -4
LAST YEAR'S RANK: 97
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.