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
A coalition of groups advocating for environmental reform sent a detailed memo to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature today, hoping to make environmental issues a priority for the freshly installed government.
The report calls for tighter regulations on natural gas drilling and water extraction, urges the state to develop a comprehensive Read More
Amid the New York State budget’s disaster lays some sign of progress. At long last the state legislature has expanded its law requiring deposits on beverage bottles to include a five-cent refundable deposit on water bottles in addition to beer and soda beverage packaging. According to state estimates, water bottles comprise nearly a quarter of Read More
Governor David Paterson announced this week he is going after both of the Big Untouchable Issues in Albany: School funding and Medicaid. He’s also broaching the idea of renegotiating public employee union contracts. This is not a man who’s afraid of a fight.
That the governor is wading into the state’s thorniest budget territory Read More
Yes, Eliot Spitzer’s re-election is three years away, so keep that in mind when you consider the importance of his poll numbers.
But in a new survey from Siena, which will be posted here shortly, Spitzer has a 36 percent approval rating from state voters, and one in Read More
Sewell Chan goes into the history of congestion pricing.
Eliot Spitzer wants to ban flavored cigarettes.
Allegations that a Spitzer aide bullied a Public Service Commission member are being taken seriously.
Pork projects from the state Senate are here.
The Lee Miringoff Television Show has Read More
At a Crain’s breakfast this morning in midtown, Eliot Spitzer said that the way the state budget was negotiated in his first year was “wrong” and not something he wanted to replicate in the future. But he said that the “back and forth” he had with the health care industry was worth it because it Read More
NYC got a property tax instead of a commuter tax because Mike didn’t win (or even play) chicken with state lawmakers, according to the Mayor of Pittsburgh.
According to a Pittsburgh newspaper, “…Bloomberg recently lost a bruising battle with the New York State Legislature about imposing a commuter tax Read More