Here’s something that will cure some of the state’s fiscal ailments: municipal consolidation. Read More
You might have assumed that once Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would fund universal pre-K programs without raising taxes, Mayor Bill de Blasio would move onto other business, such as figuring out how he’s going to negotiate new contracts with public employee unions without caving into demands for retroactive raises. Read More
Without a great deal of attention, Governor Andrew Cuomo has managed to pull off a minor miracle over the last four years. He has kept the lid on state spending. He has tamped down partisan rancor in Albany. He has persuaded legislators to act on his budget proposal in a timely fashion. And he has come up with innovative ways to attract capital to New York, especially upstate. Read More
They say that Justin Bieber says the Shema, the Jewish prayer about the singularity of God, before every performance. That’s beautiful. But it would be even more so if he internalized the words. Read More
Last May, Governor Andrew Cuomo promised that he would make a decision on whether to allow fracking in New York by the beginning of 2014.
A quick check of the calendar suggests that the governor‘s long-awaited decision has passed its due date. Read More
You wouldn’t know it based on the rhetoric in and around City Hall these days, but New Yorkers have fond memories of Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years as mayor. Read More
As work begins in earnest to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge with a new and more-durable span, it’s time to think about what the new bridge will be called. Read More
President Obama has dropped the hammer on 16 Democratic senators who have joined a bold Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, in co-sponsoring new legislation that will increase sanctions against Iran should they fail to follow through on their pledges to halt uranium enrichment. The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 has also attracted 43 Republican co-sponsors bringing the total to 59. If they get to 67, they will have a veto-proof majority, something the White House is doing everything to prevent.
For most Americans, there is nothing worse than disrupting their commute to work or delaying their child’s bus trip to school.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has a long record of disdain for the commuters in the northern part of the Garden State. Mr. Christie’s base of support lies in southern and central New Jersey, Read More
Dozens of retired city cops, firefighters and prison guards were arrested several days ago on charges that they faked mental health issues in order to receive disability payments from Social Security. Four accused ringleaders coached the workers so they could feign symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses. Some sought to exploit 9/11 in making their claims. Read More