The special counsel, Robert Mueller, on Friday delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William Barr, bringing to a close an investigation that has cast a shadow over President Donald Trump for nearly two years.
With the submission of the special council’s report, the focus moves to New York, where federal and state prosecutors are pursuing about a dozen other investigations that largely grew out of Mueller’s work, all but ensuring that a legal threat will continue to loom over the Trump presidency.
Hate has no place in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday after announcing the arrest of an upstate man accused of locking his co-worker in a walk-in cooler, calling it a gas chamber and her a “f---ing Jew.”
An upstate federal judge has shot down the state’s outright ban on civilians using Tasers, saying residents have the right to bear “electric arms” under the Second Amendment, and suggesting they could actually reduce deaths.
Manhattan federal prosecutors vouched for star corruption cooperator Todd Howe in a letter Friday to the judge who will sentence him, despite admitting he violated his deal with the government during the bribery trial of Joe Percoco, once Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide.
HUD Regional Administrator Lynne Patton hit Staten Island on Friday to continue her five-borough tour of the city’s decrepit public housing stock – and her war of words with Mayor Bill de Blasio over NYCHA’s sorry state, calling it “inhumane.”
Cuomo on Friday defended his administration's decision to enforce a ban on state-sponsored travel to North Carolina, after 13 SUNY swimmers were allowed to compete in North Carolina, but had to fly into and stay overnight in Virginia.
The low-key nature of the New York City Council’s Charter Revision Commission proposal obscures an audacious power grab, as the council’s agenda would radically change how the city handles land use, budgeting and police oversight.
Getting groped, rubbed against, masturbated on, or exposed to is disgusting, upsetting, humiliating and enraging – but banning sex offenders from the subway and increasing criminal penalties are bad ideas, author Judith Levin writes.
For the second year in a row, Cuomo has proposed eliminating money for prevention services for at-risk kids, meaning more children will be abused and drop out of school and more families will be unnecessarily broken apart, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi writes.
Research Director, Empire Center for Public Policy
THIS YEAR'S RANK: 97CHANGE: -4
LAST YEAR'S RANK: 97
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.