New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, who turned a long shot candidacy into a close defeat by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in last month’s Democratic primary, has quickly set his sights on another office: New York City public advocate.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo denounced the policies of President Donald Trump and a national “schizophrenic, ultraconservative movement” during a speech in Woodbury to support state and local Democratic candidates.
The New York City Council is considering a bill that would give commercial tenants the right to longer leases and the ability to negotiate rents with an arbitrator, although it faces opposition from top city officials and those who say it could hurt small businesses.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s subway chief Andy Byford emphasized he isn’t declaring victory, as officials presented data from September showing thousands of fewer delayed trains than usual.
The New York City Housing Authority has repeatedly violated the state Open Meetings Law over the past few years by voting behind closed doors to hire outside counsel to fight off allegations of mismanagement, racial bias and cover-up.
The New York City Police Department has arrested three more people, two of whom are Proud Boys, in connection with the street brawl outside the Metropolitan Republican Club in the Upper East Side on Oct. 12.
From the way New York City taxes its nearly 1.3 million rental units in buildings of four apartments or more – many of them lifelines for working-class New Yorkers – you’d think someone had a plan to make them as expensive and scarce as they are.
State Sen. Phil Boyle has the taint of the swamp on him that won’t wash off but his opponent, former Suffolk County Legislator Louis D’Amaro, has unambiguous stands on voting and ethics reforms that make him the clear choice for any voter.
The Trump administration, confronted with further evidence of a cover-up in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, veered between defending the value of its alliance with Saudi Arabia and pressing the Saudi government for answers.
Polling from competitive congressional districts in 2016 showed border protection and standing up to illegal immigration resonated with voters, and now the president is tweeting nonstop about the migrant caravan in Central America in the hope that it will affect the midterm elections.
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.