New York City’s flaky response to Thursday’s surprisingly heavy snowfall left some legislators wondering if city Sanitation Department Commissioner Kathryn Garcia has too much on her plate, after she also became the point person to combat toxic lead across the city.
State Senate Republican leader John Flanagan predicted doom and gloom next year with the Democrats in total control of state government, claiming they will push to raise taxes, crack down on charter schools and give driver’s licenses to people who entered the country illegally.
A New York City Council committee is scheduled on Monday to address the confusion surrounding why common medical procedures can cost more at some hospitals than others, and why patients can’t easily compare costs.
While “Escape at Dannemora,” the upcoming Showtime limited series, is a fictionalized account, the early episodes make clear it takes pains to get the little details correct as it retells the 2015 prison break at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.
Mark Peters, New York City’s newly fired Department of Investigation commissioner, could be overzealous, and at times, he plainly overreached, but his agency opened a number of important inquiries, which should continue under Peters’ successor.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had his talking points in order when he moved to fire Peters, but he lacked a convincing case for sacking the watchdog who proved his mettle with sweeping probes into systemic government failures.
De Blasio did his best to bury the news that he’s firing Peters, plainly because he knows it’s so outrageous, but the City Council shouldn’t play along: It needs to hold a hearing where Peters gets his say – and perhaps explore ways to block the move.
The corporate welfare offered to Amazon to lure the company to New York City is even more outrageous when juxtaposed with the city’s dilapidated public housing that the governor and mayor have long neglected.
Bringing Amazon to Queens is not a small undertaking, but New York City has done big things before, such as building Rockefeller Center, which was opposed when it was first proposed – but now, we couldn’t imagine the city without it.
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.