New York is set to ban most single-use plastic bags beginning March 1, but environmental advocates are warning that a series of proposed regulations by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation will still allow some of the bags to be used.
Michael Bloomberg put more than $200 million of his personal fortune into his presidential campaign by the end of December, with the overwhelming bulk of that sum going to a mammoth advertising campaign on television and online.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, one of the lead House impeachment managers, had to rush back to New York for a family emergency, meaning he will miss a key day in President Donald Trump’s trial as senators prepare to vote on whether to call witnesses.
Eight NYPD precincts in Queens were warned early Friday to be careful if visiting Elmhurst Hospital over a possible coronavirus patient, but the city’s Department of Health said it has no information about a confirmed case anywhere in the five boroughs.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer told state lawmakers that shifting Medicaid costs onto local governments would "destroy our budget," echoing the concerns raised by New York City officials this week.
The Mental Health Services Corps, a ThriveNYC program that trains early-career behavioral health clinicians, has been transitioned to NYC Health + Hospitals from the New York City Department of Health, saving $25M.
A high-level New York City commission is proposing a major overhaul of the city’s property tax system that would fundamentally shift the tax burden to wealthier neighborhoods and lessen it for low- and moderate-income homeowners.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilman Stephen Levin made nearly 90 recommendations to prevent homelessness and increase access to long-term housing, including calling on the state to increase the amount of money for rental vouchers.
A government panel recommended that New York City should consider allowing yellow cabs to use some of the same strategies as the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, including so-called surge pricing when demand is high.
The New York City Council’s Taxi Medallion Task Force, a panel of politicians, regulators and academics, thinks private and “mission-driven” investors should be asked to bail out city taxi medallion owners who are billions in debt.
A report from a panel of specialists convened by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recommended that a busy section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is so deteriorated it should be reduced from six lanes to four and its traffic load lightened.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed increased penalties for driving oversized and overweight vehicles that result in bridge strikes, incidents that have snarled traffic and damaged roadways on Long Island and in other areas.
The New York City mayor’s office refused to turn over invoices from the New York City Housing Authority’s federal monitor to Comptroller Scott Stringer after he raised questions about millions of taxpayers dollars spent so far.
Former state Sen. George Winner and Ed Lurie, the former executive director of the state Republican Party, are the picks by the state Senate minority conference for an independent redistricting commission.
The Democratic field for the 61st state Senate District grew even larger as Amherst Councilwoman Jacqualine Berger declared her candidacy for the seat of retiring Republican state Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer.
Several thousand taxi owner-operators in New York City hit by the Uber revolution do deserve help – they are men and women who do their own driving and are drowning in debt, and that debt should be restructured.
Friday marks the anniversary of the consent decree between New York City and the federal government aimed at fixing the New York City Housing Authority, which makes it early days still, but U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson is cautiously optimistic.
From village councils to the pinnacle of federal power, politicians routinely empanel experts for advice, but perhaps no one has done it more often and for more high-profile issues and with more authoritative mandates than Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The final verdict in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial could be extended to as late as Wednesday – after the Iowa caucuses and State of the Union address – officials said, as senators heard debate on whether the trial should include witnesses.
The Democratic National Committee is drastically revising its criteria to participate in primary debates after New Hampshire, which could pave the way for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to make the stage beginning in mid-February.
Six new countries were added to the Trump administration’s travel ban – including Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country – in a widely anticipated expansion of the policy that Democrats blasted as “clearly discriminatory."
Republican U.S. Sen. Alexander Lamar said that he believed President Donald Trump acted “inappropriately” in his dealings with Ukraine, but did not think his actions were impeachable and would vote against considering new evidence in the impeachment trial.
The impeachment trial of Trump is headed for a critical vote Friday that will determine whether the Senate hears from witnesses, but Senate Republicans are increasingly confident no new testimony will be heard and they can start on a sprint toward acquittal.
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.