During a tour of a public housing development in Queens, his first as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson said that placing NYCHA into federal receivership remains a possibility.
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is eyeing a new member of House Democratic leadership as a 2020 primary target: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who was called the “highest priority” for Ocasio-Cortez and an allied group, Justice Democrats.
After apologizing to Republican staffer Candice Giove for tweeting "Kill yourself!", state Sen. Kevin Parker, who has a history of angry and sometimes violent outbursts, then criticized the woman and dismissed the controversy, calling her a "troll.”
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said his chamber will consider taking up the issue of how contracting and procurement of state economic development spending is done in the context of proposed legislative ethics reforms in exchange for a pay raise.
A private garbage truck slammed into a man on Canal Street, critically injuring him right outside the building where New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was holding an event, with a spokesman for de Blasio tweeting members of his team were among the first to respond.
Lawyers for Rep. Chris Collins are expected to ask in Manhattan federal court whether materials obtained while investigating him may be excluded from his insider trading trial under an obscure constitutional clause called “speech or debate.”
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced new sexual harassment protections for county employees, including the county’s first-ever policy to specifically safeguard transgender workers against discrimination.
Anne Swern, aide to former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, has admitted doing campaign work for the DA on government time in 2013 in a settlement with New York City’s ethics board a month after winning a seat on the Civil Court in Brooklyn.
The Donald J. Trump Foundation will close and give away all its remaining funds in response to a lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general’s office, which had accused the Trump family of using the charity for self-dealing and political gain, The New York Times reports.
New York City Hall withheld nearly two dozen emails that show Mayor Bill de Blasio had a much cozier relationship with Jona Rechnitz than he has admitted – even telling the crooked developer to reach out “anytime I can help.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo set a new goal to reduce emissions from the state's electricity generation – to be carbon neutral by 2040 – and promised to support a Green New Deal to get to a completely carbon-free economy.
A record 4.7 million New Yorkers enrolled in a health insurance plan through the state's online insurance marketplace by the close of business Saturday, the deadline for 2019 coverage, representing a nearly 9 percent increase from last year.
A bill approved by the state Legislature that would authorize charitable organizations in New York to use electronic video gaming is in jeopardy of dying, as Cuomo has not called for the Senate to send him the legislation for approval.
The Nassau County Legislature approved a $1.5 billion plan and a lease amendment giving the operator of the Nassau Coliseum and the project's master developer exclusive rights to propose building on the 72 acres of vacant blacktop surrounding the arena.
The cost of letting public housing in New York City deteriorate until it is uninhabitable would be just as much as fixing it, due in part to costs related to housing residents left homeless, according to a new report.
Nearly two months after de Blasio touted a deal to provide unlimited sick leave to all New York City employees sickened by the 9/11 attacks, not all unions have signed on to the deal, so some workers still have to choose between cancer treatments and getting a paycheck.
The most important power of the New York City public advocate – having a citywide elected official who can, if need be, temporarily step in as mayor – is greatly underrated and necessary more often than people realize, Errol Louis writes.
Housing in New York is brutally expensive, and when your landlord is a jerk, it can make life miserable, but responsible property owners play an important role in growing and preserving New York City’s housing stock, Jay Martin and Barbara Kraebel write.
In yet more proof that tech jobs will come to New York City without massive special subsidies, Google announced plans to double its presence here, to 14,000 jobs, in contrast to the deal made with Amazon offering billions in subsidies.
There weren’t any surprises in the draft environmental impact statement for Belmont Park’s redevelopment on Long Island, which includes a new arena for the New York Islanders, but now we’re left with two central issues: traffic and transit.
Western New York will likely have shorter winters, earlier spring weather and won’t have to cope with rising sea levels and rampaging hurricanes as climate change worsens, making the region desirable to climate change refugees.
A look at the number shows that even if Amazon's arrival in Queens has perked up interest in Brooklyn-Queens Connector, it won't do much to solve the project's biggest problem: a budget hole in the billions, and no easy way to fill that gap.
Over the course of the past five years since the death of Eric Garner, there is little evidence that de Blasio and the police department that he controls have taken steps to improve officer accountability, and the recent arrest of Jazmine Headley raises the issue again.
Incoming state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has often been underestimated, her colleagues say, but with her calm, forthright manner, she has consistently cut through the noise and pettiness of government.
Trump retreated from his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, as congressional Republicans maneuvered to avoid a partial government shutdown at the end of Friday, but Democrats immediately rejected Republicans’ follow-up offer.
A federal judge postponed the sentencing of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, after warning Flynn that he could face prison for lying about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition.
Research Director, Empire Center for Public Policy
THIS YEAR'S RANK: 97CHANGE: -4
LAST YEAR'S RANK: 97
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.