New York

Opinion

Don’t lower the lobbying disclosure threshold

Amy Bettys, a co-chair of WHARR, argues that Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed Good Government and Ethics Reform law could seriously hurt grassroots organizations.

New York

Politics

Is New York prepared for a fiscal disaster?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed a projected $3.1 billion deficit with his executive budget proposal this week, but New York’s finances are still vulnerable to two potential disruptions beyond its control: a volatile economy and the whims of the Trump administration.

New York

Politics

The end of the state Senate subcommittee

The state Senate’s two existing subcommittees and the three additional subcommittees that had been announced last month are being upgraded to fully-fledged standing committees.

Elections

Policy

Which electoral reforms would make the biggest difference?

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature want to expand voting access and enable more participation, some reforms will work better than others, voting rights experts say. Based on data in other states, here is a ranking of potential reforms – from most to least effective at increasing the size and diversity of the electorate.

Criminal justice

Opinion

New York needs a new criminal discovery law

New York’s discovery law allow district attorneys to withhold police reports and other key evidence until a trial begins. Prosecutors should instead be required to expeditiously turn over discoverable evidence, write state Sen. Jamaal Bailey and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol.

Marcus Molinaro

Politics

Tweets show Molinaro cozying up to the Trumps

Tweets show Molinaro cozying up to the Trumps, while the Republican gubernatorial nominee has sought to distance himself from the president.

New York

Policy

Will the CVS-Aetna merger expand – or limit – health care in New York?

The approved merger of CVS and Aetna is at the center of a debate over the role of for-profit corporations in providing health care.

Letitia James

Politics

James calls on GOP rival to release tax returns in attorney general race

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, the Democratic nominee for state attorney general, called on Republican rival Keith Wofford to make public his tax returns.

Kemp Hannon

Policy

Making New York City a primary care town

Visits to primary care providers are down. What would New York policymakers do to revitalize primary health care?

Andrew Cuomo

Politics

Cuomo rallied for Democrats in tossup races. But they were kept off stage.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's rally to win the House and state Senate kept candidates in key races on the sidelines.

New York State Assembly

Politics

Assemblyman Brian Miller's former aide arrested for petition fraud

New York State Police announced they had arrested a former staff member for Republican state Assemblyman Brian Miller on charges that he forged ballot petition signatures for the Conservative Party line. The investigation was undertaken in conjunction with the Albany County district attorney’s public integrity unit.

Zephyr Teachout

Politics

Zephyr Teachout’s declaration of independence

Attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout has positioned herself as an independent who will hold the governor accountable – a stance that assumes Gov. Andrew Cuomo will win, even though Teachout has allied herself closely with gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon.

Zephyr Teachout

Politics

Three strikes and you're out? Or third time's a charm?

Some candidates fizzle out after multiple failed bids. But for others, persistence pays off.

Andrew Cuomo

Politics

Who is running for statewide and state legislative office?

A comprehensive list of every candidate running for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller and the state Legislature in New York.

New York

Policy

Low-income New Yorkers are getting more economically hopeful

More low-income New Yorkers are hopeful that upward mobility is attainable, according to a report by the Community Service Society of New York, but it also finds that 2 out of 3 among them still feel they are in a precarious, if not worsening, economic situation.

Joe Crowley

Politics

Who's on the sticking-with-Crowley bandwagon?

Despite losing his Democratic congressional primary to democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and insisting he is no longer running, Rep. Joseph Crowley has received at least two endorsements in the past two weeks – with both citing Israel as an issue.

New York State Assembly

Politics

Voters question petition signatures for Assemblyman Brian Miller

More than a dozen of people whose names submitted on ballot petitions for Assemblyman Brian Miller for the Conservative Party line deny they ever signed it, despite their addresses and supposed signatures appearing on the petitions, with some calling it a “forgery.”

Andrew Cuomo

Policy

What happens in New York if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade?

If Roe v. Wade were fully overturned, a 1970 New York law legalizing abortion would still be on the books. However, critics argue that it is out of date, as it restricts the time frame in which women can terminate a pregnancy and only allows a late-term abortion if a woman’s life is at risk.

Letitia James

Politics

James claims unanimous support of Democratic clubs

So far in the state attorney general’s race, eight New York City Democratic clubs endorsing New York City Public Advocate Letitia James for the open seat. James' campaign says no clubs have endorsed any of the other three Democratic candidates in the race – Zephyr Teachout, Leecia Eve and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

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