The teachers’ unions continue to resist the notion of accountability in the classroom, even as it becomes more and more clear that teacher performance is just as important as financial resources and parental involvement in creating a true learning environment in our public schools.
Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a series of proposals Read More
Governor Andrew Cuomo used a phrase the other day that ought to put a chill down the spine of every taxpayer. He said that the state was “functionally bankrupt.” The wording was not meant as a scare tactic. It was merely a statement of the obvious.
Unfortunately, not everybody got the point. Two of the Read More
In a feature profile, New York tells the tumultuous story of Albany’s new first lady, Sandra Lee, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s longtime girlfriend and someone better known to the rest of the country as the chef and host of Food Network’s Semi-Homemade band. Under that banner, Lee and has become the working-woman’s Martha Stewart, and the Read More
The nuclear crisis in Japan remains worrisome at best, scary at worst. Perhaps the most frightening development for New Yorkers is the size of the exclusion zone near the site. The United States believes it should be at least 50 miles inland from the stricken reactors, and has refused to allow U.S. military personnel and Read More
Just when you thought that common sense might prevail in Albany, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is pushing a modified version of the so-called “millionaire’s tax” in an effort to avoid hard but necessary cuts in wasteful state spending. Mr. Silver’s gambit no doubt will please many members of his Democratic caucus, but the state’s top Read More
It seems clear that both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg agree that merit, not seniority, ought to be the decisive factor in identifying teachers who may be laid off. But the tricky part is politics.
After the Republican-controlled State Senate passed a bill that would have done away with the dreaded last-in, first-out Read More
Is it just us, or do many of our elected officials remind you of someone else? Yes, Tom DiNapoli, we’re talking about you.
Seriously, New York’s halls of power are starting to resemble an old episode of “Night of 1,000 Stars!”
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(By the way, one more resemblance Read More
Times like these should bring out the better instinct of our elected officials. Unfortunately, as we know, that’s not always the case. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill seem determined to shut down the federal government just to make a point. Some Democrats are demanding even higher taxes, especially on a group loosely defined as “rich.” Read More
By the Numbers
Andrew Cuomo has an ambitious agenda ahead of him. He wants to change the culture of Albany, get the state’s finances in order, restore New York to its former greatness, reform pensions and benefits, talk sense to pork-hungry state legislators and, who knows, perhaps position himself for greater things to come.
That’s a pretty impressive Read More
The latest Siena poll gives Gov. Andrew Cuomo his highest favorability rating yet, with 77% of respondants approving of the job the governor is doing. Plus, despite some initial grumbling, nearly 3/4ths of New Yorkers say that they approved of Cuomo’s budget.
“The honeymoon continues,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg.
“After six weeks in office, Read More