Leecia Eve, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said that she will enter the race for state attorney general that now features two well-connected black women seeking an office that has been held only by white men.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said New Yorkers won’t end up in jail if they smoke marijuana in public, but that doesn’t mean they should to do it, noting that in states where pot is legal, it’s not legal to smoke it in public.
Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said de Blasio’s new approach to marijuana enforcement would put police in a tough spot because marijuana is still illegal and officers receive complaints from the public about it.
Advocates for tougher gun laws, including state Senate Democrats, are launching a last-ditch effort to pressure the GOP-controlled Senate to pass legislation that would make it easier to take weapons away from dangerous individuals.
Parting ways with Cuomo and reformers across the region, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he remains intent on restoring a position at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey many believe facilitated the so-called Bridgegate scandal.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas’ attempt to block the state attorney general’s office from prosecuting him on criminal charges has been shot down after he argued that acting state Attorney General Barbara Underwood had no authority to do so.
New York’s per-pupil spending has long led the nation, and in 2016, the state spent $22,366 per student at its public schools – 90 percent above the national average, a gap that continues to grow as the state has steadily increased aid to schools.
The state Department of Transportation announced that work is underway on three Long Island transportation projects totaling $22.6 million in repairs and technology improvements to enhance road safety and help traffic flow more efficiently.
Too many officials don’t have answers and rarely seem curious about basic questions of how to safeguard public health and safety after marijuana legalization, and we don’t have firm answers about how to determine safe dosages, labeling and licensing.
We’ll grant that the case for the legalization of marijuana has a strong appeal since private behavior shouldn’t be the business of the government’s if no one else is harmed, but the hard issues turn on “private” and “harm."
The illegal sale of marijuana has to be prosecuted, and so does driving under the influence of the drug, but arresting and prosecuting people for possession, an act which is expected to be legal soon, would serve little purpose.
The Erie County Water Authority, which hires unqualified leaders and frolics in a sewer of patronage, is viewed by its own customers as one of the nation’s worst, and sometimes, there is justice in the world.
The White House brokered an agreement with intelligence and law enforcement officials that will allow Republican congressional leaders to view some of the most highly classified information related to the Russia investigation.
Top House Republicans are privately questioning whether retiring Speaker Paul Ryan can make it through Election Day as rank-and-file Republicans have become increasingly willing to defy the lame-duck leader.
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.