A day after announcing her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand met voters in the conservative northwest corner of Iowa, the first state in the nomination calendar, and the Iowans who saw her liked what they heard.
The federal Department of Agriculture says that Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program recipients will receive their February benefits, but Rep. Antonio Delgado says that has not resolved the problems the government shutdown is causing for the SNAP program.
New state election laws will make it easier for voters to cast their ballots, but harder for prospective political challengers, party leaders and elections commissioners, as moving state primaries from September to June has caused sudden deadline crushes for upstate areas.
The New York City health department gave its first grades ever to food carts on Friday in order to heighten awareness of food safety and to hold food carts accountable in the same way as their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
A judge has scheduled a conference between a local prosecutor and federal safety inspectors to try to end the standoff over who gets access to the limousine that crashed three months ago, killing 20 people.
While there were many laudable proposals in the budget Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled this week, there was a big gap in his supposedly progressive agenda: tax fairness, James Parrott and Michael Kink write in the Daily News.
When anger is high, as it was in late 2014 because of the Eric Garner case, the NYPD has every right to monitor Black Lives Matter activists that it knew “had specific plans to go beyond lawful protest,” writes the Post.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set up New York for a fiscal disaster when the next recession hits, and he is almost alone among his peers in doing so because governors across the country are building up a cushion against an economic downturn, Greg David writes in Crain’s New York Business.
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.