Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a last-minute plea to state lawmakers, urging them to pass a budget that includes a permanent property tax cap, with Long Island lawmakers saying it will help middle-class families keep more of their income.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler said that special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report about President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign must be made public and that he plans to subpoena U.S. Attorney General William Barr to testify about his handling of Mueller’s probe.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand echoed Trump’s acidic rhetoric during her first New York City rally as an officially declared presidential candidate, blasting the president as a weak and self-obsessed “coward.”
Owners of some of New York’s priciest real estate could face a dramatic drop in the value of their properties under a state plan to impose a so-called pied-à-terre tax in New York City, potentially cutting the value of these properties by nearly half.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined constituents and activists on the steps of City Hall and urged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to abandon plans to construct a jail in Mott Haven because officials did not seriously consider community feedback.
The Federal Communications Commission is looking into a claim that several Entercom Communications radio stations in Western New York overcharged former congressional candidate Jackie Drost for ads she purchased in 2018.
The time has come for us to create a criminal justice system that upholds safety for all communities and that starts with overhauling New York’s bail law in order to end mass incarceration, musician John Legend and state Sen. Michael Gianaris write.
De Blasio wants to end the specialized high school admission system as we know it and replace it with one that lets in the top 7 percent of students, but New York City has a good thing going, and he should multiply excellence, not divide it.
Reforming discovery rules and ending cash bail would would lessen the criminal justice system’s tilt in favor of the prosecution, a needed correction, and that must be done carefully and precisely, but also soon.
Albany County’s move to expand a federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to include distributors is more than an attempt to dip into as many deep pockets as possible – it’s a recognition of how costly the addiction crisis will be for years to come.
The investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence that President Donald Trump or any of his aides coordinated with the Russian government’s 2016 election interference, but stopped short of exonerating Trump for obstruction.
The long-awaited conclusion of Mueller’s investigation is likely to harden congressional Republicans’ wall of support for Trump, strengthen Democratic demands to hold Trump to account and result in little change in public opinion.
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.