Albany

Politics

Why nothing is happening in Albany

Although there is still time for the legislative session to heat up, especially since voting will likely go late into the night on Tuesday, many in Albany are not expecting any surprises. The relative calm is due to the fact that Republicans control the state Senate but lack the majority needed to pass bills.

Andrew Cuomo

Opinion

Is the Albany Power 100 list sexist?

Blame society, not the journalists who report on it, for the unequal distribution of power in the Albany Power 100.

Andrew Cuomo

Policy

How the school aid formula became unrecognizable

In the state budget, the governor included a requirement that school districts submit information to the state outlining how they will distribute aid to each of their schools. But the governor’s new transparency mandate is seen by many in the education community as an attempt to divert attention from a much more complicated and costly issue: how aid is divided up among school districts.

Andrew Cuomo

Policy

Breaking the bank?

Since 2014, the amount of money coming from bank settlements in New York has declined. Here’s a look at how much the state Department of Financial Services has raised for the state budget, year by year, since the agency was established.

Policy

Andrew Cuomo

Taxing times

While New York is exploring ways to soften the blow of the federal tax overhaul, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also continuing his efforts to keep local property taxes in check through his County-Wide Shared Services Initiative.

Andrew Cuomo

Policy

Energetic change: Cuomo takes aim at ESCOs

Now the ESCO market is thriving, with some 200 companies providing electricity and gas across the state. The Cuomo administration has said the sales tax exemption is no longer necessary – and if the taxes are collected, the state expects it would initially bring $96 million into state coffers and $128 million in subsequent years.

Andrew Cuomo

Policy

Cuomo’s plan to tax health insurance industry raises concerns

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are questioning Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to tax the health insurance industry to help balance the budget.

Jeff Klein

Personality

Jeff Klein, the chess master

The chess master: State Sen. Jeff Klein has risen in Albany by outplaying his rivals. What is the endgame?

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