A new Siena College poll found that 61 percent of voters oppose granting driver’s licenses to immigrants regardless of their immigration status, including overwhelming opposition from downstate suburbanites.
MTA officials boasted about big improvements in the subway system’s on-time performance, which rose to 76.4 percent in February from 61.7 percent in the same month last year, after previously calling the metric irrelevant to riders’ experiences
An analysis from property and development executives asserted that a new tax on second homes worth more than $5 million, known as a pied-a-terre tax, would reap just $372 million per year, far less than other estimates.
The New York State School Boards Association wants state lawmakers to consider the legalization of recreational marijuana outside of the budget process to ensure time for outstanding issues to be addressed.
The New York State Nurses Association said it would give notice that its members intend to strike beginning on April 2 following months of stalled contract negotiations because of a dispute over staffing levels.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Lynne Patton criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for hitting the 2020 presidential campaign trail before naming a permanent director of NYCHA.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams called for an investigation into the way the MTA distributes its buses, a day after a report that Brooklyn’s poorest residents are stuck with some of the oldest buses.
As part of a pilot program, police on Staten Island will no longer respond to fender benders and will leave it to the drivers to handle reporting these incidents, which means exchanging insurance information and filing a report themselves.
A Nassau County legislator filed legislation to enable the county to opt out of legalized recreational marijuana sales should the state approve the program, after a county task force published a report recommending an opt-out.
A review of emails and documents between state and MTA officials shows how Gov. Andrew Cuomo wields significant power over senior MTA leadership, and even some of the most mundane details of its operations.
Several fault lines have emerged among the state’s Democratic leaders with two weeks to go before the state budget deadline, with Cuomo still resisting efforts by both the Assembly and Senate to increase spending for education and other social programs.
More than two years after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to create 100,000 new jobs that paid more than $50,000 a year, it’s unclear exactly how many of those jobs have been created because the city has not been keeping track.
Only 20 people showed up in Concord, New Hampshire, to hear de Blasio, who’s still teasing a 2020 presidential run, hold a roundtable discussion on mental health – including the 14 people on the panel and just six in the audience.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand officially joined the 2020 presidential race, declaring in an announcement video that America needs “a leader who makes big, bold, brave choices,” and that she is that leader.
Publicly, state lawmakers backing legalized recreational marijuana present a unified optimism that the legislation will pass this year, but privately, some are concerned that opponents are making inroads to kill the effort.
The Manhattan and Bronx district attorneys have agreed to clear all summonses for petty offenses from their books after New York City Councilman Rory Lancman urged all city prosecutors abandon prosecuting quality-of-life offenses.
Inspired by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset primary victory over former Rep. Joe Crowley last year, New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres plans to take on veteran Rep. José E. Serrano in the 2020 Democratic primary in the 15th District.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Lynne Patton said more criminal charges could be coming for public housing bigwigs who have tried to paper over severe health and safety issues inside NYCHA developments.
The MTA announced plans to extend its wildly successful program that lets Access-A-Ride users order $2.75 cab rides through an on-demand smartphone app after initial reporting it would not be renewed in April.
Good government has never found a home in Albany because so many of the people who’ve run New York’s state government have liked things just the way they’ve always been, but now that’s starting to change.
A measles outbreak highlights New York’s exceptions to vaccination requirements and shows that the state needs to end the religious exemption to protect public health because the law can’t change minds, but it can shape actions.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and others are right to look for alternative ways to get Gateway done, but local representatives also must fight to restore and expand federal funding because New York and New Jersey can’t and shouldn’t do this on their own.
The ambiguous status of Joseph Esposito, New York City’s emergency management commissioner who was fired months ago but remains on the job, is part of a yawning leadership gap at City Hall, as commissioners leave, often without permanent successors.
Marijuana, sports betting, congestion pricing and, of course, school aid are just some of the hot topics on the table as New York lawmakers move toward serious negotiations on a roughly $175 billion state budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
State legislators have long shared lodging and ideas during their weekly pilgrimages to Albany, but state Sens. Alessandra Biaggi, Jessica Ramos and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou are likely among the first to make a space like theirs.
While the “Green New Deal” basks in the national spotlight, a different but parallel policy idea is advancing in New York: Cuomo’s congestion pricing plan, which has a great deal in common with the Green New Deal, both practically and philosophically.
Beto O’Rourke raised more than $6 million online in the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign last week, outpacing his rivals for the Democratic nomination and making an emphatic statement about his grassroots financial strength.
Following dozens of tweets over the weekend about myriad other subjects, President Donald Trump turned to the New Zealand mosque shootings, asserting that news outlets were trying to blame him for the massacre.
U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand said they would not rule out expanding the U.S. Supreme Court if elected president, showcasing a new level of interest in the Democratic field on an issue that has until recently remained on the fringes.
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.