In a sometimes fiery kickoff speech on Saturday, Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter made official her run for a 17th term, and if re-elected could potentially become the oldest person to have ever served in the House, as she turns 89 this year.
With Democrats about to reclaim the Erie County Water Authority, the Republican-controlled agency gave its executive director a golden parachute if Democrats oust him, paying between $300,000 and $400,000 if he is forced out.
Charter Communications did little to ensure it hired New York City-based contractors and relied on a loose definition of “located” to meet the terms of their agreement, according to an audit by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.
Cuomo and de Blasio joined more than 10,000 people picketing Saturday in Manhattan to demand that the U.S. Supreme Court keep allowing dues-collecting labor unions to require government employees to pay, including unwilling workers who oppose the organization’s politics.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s staff told a corrupt restaurateur and former donor to fake a receipt saying his campaign paid for a fundraiser, according to a new claim in the ongoing corruption case of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.
State Assembly and Senate members can use the Executive Health Program at Albany Medical Center for checkups in a private suite complete with marble bathrooms and plush robes, and the hospital charges the public $975 each time.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has quietly reinterpreted an executive order which bars most appointees from donating to or soliciting donations for the governor who made the appointment, enabling him to collect about $890,000 from appointees.
Cuomo’s Fix NYC panel issued its recommendation to enact congestion pricing five weeks ago, and five weeks from now is the deadline for the state budget, but happily, there has been progress in the first half of this win-or-go-home game to enact congestion pricing.
Outgoing New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina writes that being chancellor has been the privilege of a lifetime, and what she has learned as chancellor is grounded in what she learned in her 22 years as a classroom teacher at P.S. 29 in Brooklyn.
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.