The city’s new spending plan slashes $20 million from first lady Chirlane McCray’s embattled “Thrive NYC” mental health initiative – with more than half of the money redirected to hiring licensed social workers to serve public schools.
An Albany bill that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis would allow up to six marijuana plants to be grown in a person's home or yard, a key difference from the legalization plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed earlier this year.
Homeless people who commit minor offenses on New York City subways will soon have the option of seeking social services rather than facing a fine or jail time under a new policy announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Assembly Health Committee was deadlocked on a bill that would end religious exemptions for vaccinations, but then freshman Assemblyman Nader Sayegh of Yonkers changed his mind to allow the bill to advance despite first voting to bottle it up.
New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza insists he’s under attack because of his ethnicity and his focus on racial justice, but it increasingly looks like everything is a cover for simply packing the top reaches of the Department of Education with his cronies.
Indian Point is set for closure in 2021 and subsequent decommission, but two vital pieces of legislation in the Senate could help protect local communities and union jobs during closure and decommissioning, state Sen. Pete Harckham writes
All too often it’s the people with the best intentions who are the ones who inadvertently contribute to the suffering of animals, which is why the ban on feeding animals in city parks is smart policy, World Animal Protection Programs Director Ben Williamson writes.
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.