In her first major environmental proposal, gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon called on the state to commit to 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2050, a benchmark that has been something of a holy grail for environmental activists.
Television actress Allison Mack and Nxivm founder Keith Raniere have been indicted on federal charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor for their alleged roles in a secret New York-based sex slave club.
Two female employees at the state Division of Criminal Justice Services who were punished following their testimony in a sexual harassment investigation have not been contacted by the ethics commission that was asked to conduct an expedited review of the case.
The Abrams Fensterman law firm began representing Democratic Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and the Nassau County Board of Elections two weeks ago without an approved contract or legislative review.
The state Department of Transportation has not yet produced a study on each of the state’s 5,300 rail crossings, which is in defiance of a law requiring it to do so in the wake of the 2015 crash that was the deadliest in Metro-North Railroad history.
The New York City Council plans to consider banning the sale of disposable plastic bottles at city parks, beaches and golf courses, intended to be a significant step toward curbing the ubiquitous plastic bottles that have become a staple of everyday life.
It’s nothing as agonizing as the 15 seconds Eric Garner was in the clutches of a police officer’s chokehold, but the three years, nine months and two weeks that Garner’s loved ones have been waiting for some measure of closure from the NYPD has been painful indeed.
Fifty-five years ago, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy championed the Bail Reform Act, but if the lack of action on criminal justice reform in the recent state budget is any indication, New York seems to have missed the memo, Kerry Kennedy writes.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approach to governing is all show and no attention to delivery, as shown by a woman who answered the number for a new city hotline for victims of sex trafficking this week and said it wasn’t the hotline.
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.