New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio advised his party to avoid talking about President Trump, but he just held a press conference at Trump Tower, coined a nickname for him and criticized his support of petroleum companies while in Iowa.
De Blasio acknowledged that he may not qualify for the first presidential debate next month – by raising contributions from 65,000 individual donors – but argued it isn't a sign about his overall chances of winning the Democratic nomination.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan subpoenaed pay records for a retired Long Island Rail Road worker whose overtime earnings made him the highest-paid MTA employee last year, as well as the records of more than a dozen other MTA employees.
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch filed a petition in court to force the NYPD to give written explanations when it denies officers coverage for injuries on the job, arguing that benefits are often denied without explanation.
Last month, de Blasio gave the city's Board of Elections the opportunity to open 100 poll sites for early voting and get $75 million, but the board has not jumped at the offer, so far selecting only 38 early poll sites across the city.
Though New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has yet to officially kick off a bid to become mayor, he already picked up his first endorsement in the race from state Sen. Jessica Ramos, who said she believes Stringer “will make a great mayor.”
The largest pharmacy benefits manager in the U.S., Express Scripts Inc., is accused of costing the New York City Transit Authority tens of millions of dollars by failing to police “fraudulent, abusive or excessive” claims for prescriptions.
A provision in a bill sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes to prohibit using the odor of marijuana to conduct searches, seize possible evidence, or arrest or detain someone has alarmed some law enforcement officials.
Despite facing skepticism – including from neighboring Nassau County – Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is still backing the establishment of a charitable fund to reduce the impact of losing some state and local tax deductions on federal tax returns.
New York state will grant $175.4 million to affordable housing developments across the state, targeting the construction or preservation of more than 2,185 affordable apartments, 218 of which are in the Capital Region.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo proved again that the biggest threat to New York isn’t Donald Trump, but progressive anti-growth policies, like the state’s rejection of a natural gas pipeline connecting New York with Pennsylvania shale gas fields.
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and state Sen. John Liu’s bill to ban texting while walking is proof that state legislators have way too much time on their hands in the Capitol, waiting around until the leadership hands them something to vote on.
A couple of legislators up in Albany are pressing to pass a statute to outlaw texting while walking across the street, but they are walking a fine line between encouraging good behavior and blaming the victim.
A bill called Never Forget the Heroes, an effort to fully fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and make it permanent, is approaching 300 bipartisan House sponsors, and its likely passage is the least they can do.
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.