In 2014, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Joe Percoco, who was recently convicted on corruption counts, managed the governor's re-election campaign, and the taxpayer-funded phone line in Percoco's former government office was used for campaign-related business in violation of state regulations.
Cuomo is demanding that the Trump administration pay back New York for helping Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, as retribution for its “failures” in handling the island’s recovery.
One in 10 of New York City’s public-housing tenants – a whopping 16,983 people – are behind in paying their rent, making matters worse for the city’s cash-strapped housing authority and its crumbling buildings.
New York City tenants spent $507 million on security deposits in 2016, according to a new report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer, who said that the high payments are another hurdle to finding affordable housing.
Democratic state Senate candidate James Gaughran has gotten an early endorsement from the New York State United Teachers union in his rematch against GOP state Sen. Senator Carl Marcellino, chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
In a letter to GOP Rep. Dan Donovan organized and circulated by his Democratic opponent Max Rose, more than two dozen of his female constituents wrote that he refuses “to stand up for women’s rights” and that he has a “completely backwards view on sexual assault.”
A federal jury on Thursday figured out what many New York politicians would prefer the public never does: that what too often passes for business as usual in state government is not just corrupt, but criminal, the Times Union writes.
The NYPD and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office are locked in a bitter standoff over what information cops will turn over to prosecutors, and the NYPD should make a good-faith effort to reply to those requests, writes the Daily News.
The Post writes that it has long warned about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s padding of the city workforce, but a new analysis sets out the cold, hard risks, as by the end of this fiscal year, the city employee headcount will hit a record 331,520.
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.