One of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top operatives, Jon Paul Lupo, has been hired by Brooklyn’s Democratic Party – a move insiders think could pave the way for a possible borough president run by first lady Chirlane McCray.
While some transportation experts expressed pessimism about New York City Transit President Andy Byford’s departure, others said that the transit agency still has the leadership to continue making significant changes.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea claimed that a sharp rise in citywide crime since 2020 began was sparked by New York’s new bail reform laws, which took away a judge’s discretion to hold repeat and possibly violent offenders behind bars.
The intensifying debate over bail reform is playing out in different ways at the state Senate and Assembly, even though both are controlled by Democrats, with the Senate wrestling with the law already and the Assembly cooling its heels and laying low.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is refusing to say how much money City Hall could lose for under its new proposal to stick municipalities with Medicaid’s dramatic cost increases, which have left the state with a $6 billion deficit.
Cuomo’s executive budget includes no new funding for the New York City Housing Authority, despite mounting physical problems that require tens of billions of dollars to address, instead redirecting previously allocated funds.
A top prosecutor in Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office accused of hiding evidence, the outgoing Construction Fraud Task Force head Diana Florence, conceded a mistake was made – but insisted it was inadvertent.
Officials at the Museum of Chinese in America said Friday evening that thousands of historic and artistic items it had carefully collected and curated over decades were most likely lost after a fire tore through a Chinatown building.
Give a round of applause to New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres and a majority of his colleagues for affirming that cash is legal tender and striking a small blow for economic fairness by banning cashless retail establishments citywide.
The second attempt to legalize zippy e-bikes and e-scooters on the state’s streets is here, the result of negotiations between Cuomo and the Legislature, and it fixes some but not all of the mistakes made in the first go-round.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg got rid of the law limiting mayoral terms, and then spent more than $100 million of his fortune to win a third term the next year, and he’s rarely paid a political price for breaking the rules.
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.