ALBANY—Top aides to Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith are negotiating with the mayor's office over whether Michael Bloomberg might endorse some version of the M.T.A. bailout bill which is slowly moving through the Senate chamber.
Gene Russianoff, an advocate with NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign, said he was told by Senate staffers that Read More
ALBANY—The State Senate's
Austin Shafran, a spokesman for Smith, said that a bill will be introduced Wednesday, and a vote will take place next week.
Counting Padavan as a "yes" and Foley and Johnson as "no," and assuming all the other Democrats will vote yes (everyone I've seen has said they will, but Read More
ALBANY—It seems that Malcolm Smith and the Senate Democrats have come up with a plan that's easy to hate.
Transportation advocates, business groups and the governor are all taking shots at the Senate majority leader's just-announced plan to address the M.T.A.'s budget shortfall.
Near as I can tell, Wiley Norvell of Transportation Read More
A thickly layered commuter dressed in snow boots, maroon sweatpants and a long black overcoat covered his face with a big knit scarf as the grimy W train trudged along the tracks toward Herald Square at 3:03 p.m. on Jan. 15.
A horrible stench had overtaken the downtown-bound subway car.
For both Eric Gioia and Bill de Blasio, a seat on the City Council was always supposed to be a stepping-stone.
Mr. Gioia, 35, has been preparing for higher office since his election to the Council seven years ago, and has raised more money since then than all but three of his Council colleagues. Mr. Read More
[img_assist|nid=114|title=Vote here.|desc=Getty Images|link=none|align=left|width=420|height=214]One of the more nuanced arguments against Michael Bloomberg's bid to get the City Council to change the term-limits law goes like this: if more people cast votes in the City Council election than in the two term-limits referendums, the Council has the mandate to change the law.
So Gene Read More
The debate over term limits on last night’s Inside City Hall got so contentious that the guests–Esther Fuchs, Gene Russianoff and Bill de Blasio–had to make a public display of shaking hands at the end.
Fuchs, a former Bloomberg adviser and now a professor at Columbia University, emerged as a ferocious, unapologetic proponent of the Read More
Michael Bloomberg’s tax policy is giving his political allies a headache.
At a breakfast in midtown last week, State Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos tried to send a clear anti-tax-increase message to business leaders.
“As I said before, the Senate is ready to do what’s appropriate to reduce spending, but we should not raise Read More
Last night at the New York Blood Center auditorium on the Upper West Side, Assemblyman Micah Kellner moderated a panel on post-congestion-pricing solutions for city transportation that reached a general consensus but no real solution: Congestion pricing is not a bad idea, the proposal was just executed poorly, and right now the M.T.A. is, as Read More
The M.T.A. board voted this morning to amend its policy of handing out free E-ZPasses and transit passes to current and former board members. Now, only current board members will get the perks and only for use on official M.T.A. business.
Andrew Cuomo, who came out strongly against the M.T.A.’s previous policy, was Read More