The state Legislature passed a measure that would provide an avenue for Congress to get access to President Donald Trump’s state tax returns, three years after he broke with decades of tradition by refusing to release those filings publicly.
Billionaire Tom Steyer spent some $200,000 in Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s district to push for impeachment, arguing that launching an inquiry would put Nadler more in line with his voters, about 30,000 of whom have signed Steyer’s impeachment petition.
In a hotly contested seven-way Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has decided to endorse Tiffany Cabán, the candidate whose platform most echoes the first-term congresswoman’s.
New York City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, who chairs the Women and Gender Equity Committee, plans to introduce legislation to create an Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention within the mayor’s office.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is bringing in outside help to look into reports of rampant overtime abuse among Long Island Rail Road workers, drawing outrage from the board’s union representative.
Someone has been disrupting the New York City subway system by sneaking into cabs, pulling the emergency brakes and grinding not just one train, but entire lines in the system to a halt during the busiest hours of the day.
According to New York State United Teachers, the vast majority of school districts approved their proposed budgets, a passage rate of 98%, and 8 in 10 budgets that were defeated had sought to override the property tax cap.
The Assembly passed a bill that would allow state prosecutors to pursue charges against any individual granted a presidential pardon for similar federal crimes, which has already passed the state Senate and now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing.
President Donald Trump and his campaign aides never spoke publicly about Nicholas Langworthy’s bid to unseat Ed Cox as chair of the state Republican Party, but for months, top aides to Trump were discussing the race with Langworthy.
Survivors of sexual assault and harassment joined state lawmakers to push for a sweeping legislative agenda that would strengthen New York’s sexual harassment laws, like ending the “severe or pervasive” standard and improving worker protections.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is fighting to keep under wraps its own studies on whether the city’s affordable housing lottery system reinforces segregation, the latest report containing the word “Redacted” 131 times where findings should have been.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected to vote on whether to hire outside counsel to investigate alleged overtime abuse among the agency’s workers and receive a report within 60 days of that hiring.
New York Police Department officers involved in the arrest of Eric Garner attempted to calm him before applying force, according to testimony by the partner of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who faces disciplinary charges over the 2014 death of Garner.
A national Quinnipiac University survey found de Blasio has a favorability rating of just 8%, compared to 45% who view him negatively and 48% who say they don't know enough, putting right near the bottom of the pack.
Members of de Blasio’s police security detail are racking up overtime following him around the country for his longshot presidential campaign, despite a cap in overtime for other cops on the job in New York City.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer told state lawmakers he supports the Climate and Community Protection Act, an ambitious measure targeting zero emissions in New York by 2050 and requiring investment in low-income and minority communities.
Assemblyman Sean Ryan has emerged as the top Democratic contender to replace Republican state Sen. Chris Jacobs should Jacobs run for Rep. Chris Collins’ congressional seat, although Ryan would still face a formidable Republican opponent.
Buffalo is not New York City, and one size does not fit all when it comes to designing laws for New York state, but someone forgot to tell that to lawmakers in Albany who are trying to expand New York City rent regulations to the whole state.
The MTA absolutely should look for savings and efficiencies in its $17 billion operating budget, and someone should root out fraud and corruption where it exists, but don’t blame blue-collar workers for mismanagement at the MTA, TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano writes.
Judging from the seminars on “white supremacy” the New York City Schools Chancellor has forced on top Department of Education officials, Richard Carranza is not trying to fight school bias, but standards of any kind.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has long urged, and sometimes pushed, local governments to share services, but one potential shared-services path remains untraveled – state law continues to require that every county have a jail of its own.
New York has always been forced to coexist with rats, but the infestation has expanded exponentially in recent years, spreading to just about every corner of the city, with 311 calls to report sightings soaring nearly 38% since 2014.
Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court Judge Margarita López Torres, who fought and beat the county’s Democratic machine in 1992, is up for reelection this year as the establishment candidate in what is shaping up to be a hotly contested primary.
Supporters of ending the religious exemption from vaccinations in schools are making a final push to get the bill passed before the end of the state legislative session, but they are facing pressure from anti-vaccination advocates, including some among their own ranks.
A series of tunnels ran beneath the streets of Brooklyn to connect a number of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ properties, and though the tunnels began to be filled in two years ago, their fascinating history has recently begun to come to light.
President Donald Trump abruptly blew up a meeting with Democratic congressional leaders, lashing out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for accusing him of a cover-up and declaring that he could not work with them until they stopped investigating him.
An investigation by The Intercept and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses solitary confinement as a go-to tool to manage and punish detainees for weeks and months at a time.
A bloc of liberal Democrats began pressing for an impeachment inquiry of President Trump, underscoring party divisions and the growing difficulties that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces as she tries to chart a more methodical course.
Congressional leaders and the Trump administration finished a round of breakneck budget talks with no resolution but a commitment to keep negotiating and try to clinch a debt and spending agreement that would avoid fiscal catastrophe.
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.