State Sen. Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who were fierce critics of the deal to build an Amazon campus in their districts, have faced blowback from residents and business owners since the company ditched Queens.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there’s plenty that unites him with his fellow progressives, but that on Amazon, some of them missed the forest for the trees and sacrificed jobs for those in the community.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority President Patrick Foye said a system of congestion pricing in Manhattan could be up and running in two years if New York state lawmakers approve it as part of this year’s budget.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa and actress Julianne Moore highlighted the women’s justice agenda, a package of measures that include ending the statute of limitations for rape and bolstering health services for at-risk pregnancies.
De Blasio defended the New York City Police Department’s decision to target cyclists after one was killed by a hit-and-run driver, despite witnesses saying cops knocked one man off his bike during the ticket blitz.
State Budget Director Robert Mujica said a decline in expected tax revenue, rising costs of health care and a challenging environment in Washington, D.C., led the state last week to eliminate a proposed $550 million boost to Medicaid for fiscal year 2020.
Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon has proposed a ban on using guns as a prize for games of chance, a restriction that would affect a wide range of nonprofit groups across New York, including fire departments, Boy Scout troops and fraternal organizations.
To ensure a competitive primary and general election later this year for New York City public advocate, New Yorkers should vote for Eric Ulrich in next week’s special election, a Queens councilman who is a registered Republican.
For all of the added spending and tax pressure created by the new state Senate Democratic majority, the next state budget probably won’t stray far from Cuomo’s priorities – but the structural imbalance in the state’s finances will get worse, E.J. McMahon writes.
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for first responders and other people sickened as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been overwhelmed by claims and is quickly running out of money, and that should horrify every member of Congress.
President Donald Trump has grown increasingly disenchanted with Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, who has served in the position for nearly two years, leading some administration officials to worry that Coats will soon be dismissed.
A day after California filed a lawsuit challenging Trump’s emergency declaration on the border, the U.S. Transportation Department said it was exploring how to claw back $2.5 billion it spent on the state’s high-speed rail network.
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.