In a move long-awaited by immigration advocates, both chambers of the state Legislature passed the state DREAM Act, which would grant tuition aid and other financial assistance to undocumented students.
A new Quinnipiac University poll found that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the most popular potential presidential nominee from New York, even though he has not made a decision about running yet.
Teacher evaluations would no longer be required to be linked to student test scores under a bill approved by the state Legislature, instead make it optional for districts to implement and subject to collective bargaining.
Risa Sugarman, the state’s top election law enforcement official, has filed a lawsuit to overturn regulations adopted by the state Board of Elections in August that sought to rein in her office’s subpoena powers.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio helped deliver nearly $500,000 in the Democrats’ successful effort to take control of the state Senate, according to fundraising numbers he released associated with his federal PAC.
Last year, de Blasio signed only 20 percent of the laws added to the city's books, with the most of the rest maturing into law after nonaction from the mayor, a significant decrease in bill signing for de Blasio compared to 2016 and 2017.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s so-called energy czar Richard Kaufman – recruited in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to reshape the state’s electric grid – plans to step down from that role at the end of the month, but he will still be a part of the state’s energy policy team.
New York Racing Authority President and CEO Chris Kay, who led the organization’s recent return to private control and oversaw major initiatives at the Saratoga Race Course, is abruptly stepping aside at the board’s request.
A legally mandated state commission that was meant to examine the challenges in counting New York’s population for the 2020 census and craft recommendations has not been named despite having already missed a deadline for issuing its initial report.
State lawmakers plan to introduce a revised, tougher Child Victims Act, a bill designed to make it easier for victims of abuse to seek justice as adults, with the new version raising the age from 23 to 55 after which a survivor could no longer bring a civil suit.
As the state Legislature is expected to pass a controversial bill to grant undocumented immigrants access to a state tuition assistance program, state senators are also taking up a bill to expand the state’s main financial aid program.
A bill to ban the mandatory use of state tests in teacher evaluations is set to pass in the state Legislature this week, but that doesn’t mean the end of questions over testing, specifically how many exams that K-12 students have to take in a year.
Of New York’s new members of Congress who took office on Jan. 3, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the only one who has yet to open a district office, at least partially blaming the government shutdown, which the other members said was not an issue.
Cuomo said he opposed a subway and bus fare increase proposed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, once again publicly humiliating the behemoth transit agency in an attempt to force it to change.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order to formalize a push by his administration to enroll uninsured New Yorkers in health plans and require all city workers to educate residents about the city-run health plans.
A package of New York City Council bills aims to make the NYPD’s disciplinary process more transparent – and to give prosecutors next-day access to arresting officers’ disciplinary records as they review criminal cases.
Following reports of staff sex parties at a New York City Housing Authority development, the city Department of Investigation found no evidence of such parties, but did find “a culture of misconduct, employee mistreatment and favoritism."
With all the talk of recreational marijuana, the effects of legalization on the state’s existing medical marijuana program seem to have gotten minimal attention, something the state Legislature must consider.
In the name of criminal justice reform, Cuomo has signed on to at least one cure that’s worse than the disease: banning the public disclosure of mugshots and arrest information as “an invasion of privacy."
With the U.S. Supreme Court threat level to Roe v. Wade moving from green to yellow and ready to tip into orange should President Donald Trump get to pick yet another nominee, New York’s affirmation of abortion rights finally makes sense.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Cinderella story and her social media prowess have made her an object of obsession on both the right and left, and her participation in a documentary set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival is likely to add more fuel to the fire.
The most active wing of the Democratic Party has moved decisively to the left, and with all the attention that is being paid to Ocasio-Cortez and other new progressive voices, we are only just beginning to realize the full significance of this shift.
In the South Bronx, where thousands of people are arrested each year, private investigator Manuel Gomez has made a name for himself investigating the cases of people who claim to have been charged with crimes they didn’t commit.
While the fight to save the Elizabeth Street Garden can be viewed as protecting a beloved community space, looked at through another lens, the fight is a common story in the history of New York City: a neighborhood banding together to fight affordable housing.
Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump, has indefinitely postponed his congressional testimony, citing Trump’s verbal attacks on his family in the days since he scheduled his appearance on Capitol Hill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not allow Trump to deliver the State of the Union in the House chamber next week, writing that he can give the annual speech at the Capitol once the government shutdown is over.
The U.S. Senate plans to hold competing votes on Thursday on President Donald Trump’s proposal to spend $5.7 billion on a border wall and on a Democratic bill that would fund the government through Feb. 8 without a wall.
Trump was apoplectic after his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that the president had been involved in discussions to build a Trump Tower in Moscow through the end of the 2016 campaign, because it contradicted his own public position.
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.