Mo' Money Mo' Problems
Mayor Bill de Blasio will lay out his first preliminary budget proposal this afternoon, outlining his spending priorities and the fiscal challenges he’ll be facing over the next four years.
But the big question will be how Mr. de Blasio sets the stage for negotiations with the city’s more that 150 labor unions, who have been operating for years under expired contracts–leaving tens of thousands of municipal workers itching not just for future pay hikes, but retroactive raises.
There was no false drama, no demagogic theatrics, no pandering to the galleries. Instead, the new city budget—the last one that will bear Michael Bloomberg’s signature—was sealed with a handshake between the mayor and Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
The new budget essentially keeps spending flat at about $70 billion and includes no tax hikes. That’s Read More
Here’s Andrew Cuomo discussing the grounds for a “taxpayer revolt” at yesterday’s breakfast hosted by the Citizens Budget Commission.
Referring to the practice of raising tax rates on the private sector during bad times to make up for shortfalls in public revenue, he said, “It is incompetent, no other entity in this country could do Read More
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wants to reinvent New York government.
And maybe take it over.
His speech today, at a breakfast in the Regency Hotel hosted by the Citizens Budget Commission, was about his proposal to consolidate the state’s more than 10,000 local government bodies and taxing authorities. Cuomo has said, with Read More
The Citizens Budget Commission holds a panel discussion on how to better connect funding allocations and improved performance in the City’s budget at the NYU Conference Center within The Woolworth Building.
The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS commemorates World AIDS Day on the steps of City Hall.
The Assembly holds a hearing on the Read More
The Citizens Budget Commission hosts a forum on how to balance the MTA’s budget at the Metrazur Restaurant in Grand Central Terminal.
NYC School Bus Contractors Coalition and ATU Local 1181 will meet at the Ramada Plaza Hotel for labor negotiations.
Patrick Healy and Paul Rieckhoff will speak at the DL21C Political Author Read More
George Pataki: Too Little, Too Late
It’s hard to remember now, but once upon a time, George E. Pataki ran for Governor in 1994 on a platform that promised big changes in the way Albany goes about the people’s business.
Now, in the final year of his unmemorable three terms, Mr. Pataki is Read More
Mr. Bloomberg Goes to Washington
Mike Bloomberg has been talking a lot about gun policy—an issue that, while almost exclusively the legislative domain of the federal government, should be of real concern to New Yorkers. Yes, Mr. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have brought crime down to levels not seen since 1963, but Read More
We’ve been struggling for a while to describe Hillary‘s political posture, which keeps getting labeled “moving right.”
But Hillary-moves-right partisans will be disappointed by this item in today’s Post, in which she sticks with Senate liberals on an anti-abortion bill we looked at last week.
The Post tries to cast this Read More