In a move that’s provoking criticism from backers of Democratic gubernatorial primary challenger Cynthia Nixon, the state Democratic Committee is bankrolling TV ads and mailers urging Democrats to vote for Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.
State Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office recused itself from representing the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics in a GOP-filed lawsuit seeking to determine if the panel is investigating the Cuomo administration.
Cuomo wants Democratic National Committee delegates from New York to vote this week in favor of a proposed rule change to limit the impact of superdelegates in choosing the party’s presidential candidates.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Marcus Molinaro unveiled a TV ad hitting Cuomo on the issue of corruption, focusing on the recent corruption convictions of former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco and former SUNY Polytechnic Institute President and CEO Alain Kaloyeros.
The Republican Attorneys General Association is closely monitoring the attorney general’s race in New York, but hasn’t yet decided whether to get involved, having been impressed after meeting Republican candidate Keith Wofford.
As a part of its relaxed policy on marijuana enforcement, the New York City Police Department won’t arrest those caught smoking in public who have an open summons warrant and will instead take the offender to court to resolve the outstanding ticket.
It was more than two years ago that a farmworker in New York filed suit for the right to unionize, and since no law can undo the statute put into place in 1938, justice must come from the appellate courts.
Park Slope is the next front in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s drive to remake middle schools – in this case, by eliminating academic screening in admissions in favor of quotas intended to impose racial balance.
We have been having the same conversation about gun violence with no indication that anything is getting better, but with the effective public health model that has been developed, we can stop the spread of this deadly disease, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz writes.
Cuomo insisted that New York City is responsible for the subways and that Joseph Percoco’s conviction proves his own innocence in a New York magazine profile that also explores his relationship with state Senate Republicans and the current liberal movement.
Federal authorities investigating whether President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, committed bank and tax fraud have zeroed in on well over $20 million in loans obtained by taxi businesses that he and his family own.
Former CIA Director John Brennan said that he is willing to take Trump to court to prevent other current and former officials from having their security clearances revoked, escalating a battle over whether the president is misusing his power to retaliate against opponents.
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.