Tuesday’s hearing on the 421-a Property Tax Exemption Program almost didn’t happen.
“When we mailed out the notice and we reached out to a lot of people, there was almost no response,” Vito Lopez, chairman of the state Assembly’s housing committee, said. “So it’s quite interesting.”
At issue was whether 421-a, which gives tax breaks Read More
I left the Charter Revision Commission hearing last week before it got interesting.
When representatives from Citizens Union testified, they got some brushback from state lawmakers who thought the group was representing the mayor’s interests, rather than the public.
“I’m just wondering what are the outer limits of Citizens Union’s willingness to be a Read More
I’m at the first Assembly hearing about the mayor’s new Charter Revision Commission, which, based on opening remarks here, is being viewed skeptically.
The commission, which has been a long time coming, is going to review the law around term limits, among other issues.
Assemblyman Dick Gottfried of Manhattan complained about the Read More
ALBANY—The first reactions to David Paterson’s “executive option proposal” are mostly not positive.
“What’s next, martial law?” Assemblyman Rory Lancman, a Queens Democrat, asked.
Paterson’s proposal would, temporarily, give him the power to make spending and revenue decisions to bridge a multi-billion dollar mid-year imbalance. Article VII of the State Constitution describes Read More
ALBANY—As both sides of the State Senate leadership struggle inch closer to an operating agreement, Democrats are positioning themselves to take one last crack at diluting mayoral control of city schools.
Speaking to reporters after an extraordinary session that lasted just over three minutes, Senators Malcolm Smith and John Read More
ALBANY—As battle lines get drawn in the debate over mayoral control of public schools, Assemblyman Rory Lancman is advancing a bill that would treat the city's Department of Education like a city agency.
As it currently exists, Lancman said, the department is "very similar to a public authority," and his bill would require Read More
ALBANY—Even before Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman was confirmed last week, the State Senate held hearings about reforming the process by which nominations to the Court of Appeals happen.
And now there's a bill kicking around, introduced by Assemblyman Rory Lancman and supported by State Senator John Sampson, which would require the Commission Read More
ALBANY-A week before the process to appoint New York's junior U.S. senator reached its messy end, Governor David Paterson stood onstage at an event with Hillary Clinton and compared his experience in the state's highest office to a dirty movie.
"I've been governor for nine and a half months," Mr. Paterson jokingly told the Read More
Michael Bloomberg hadn’t finished giving his preliminary budget presentation to reporters in City Hall when a key proposal in the plan—to raise sale taxes—got some resistance from Albany, courtesy of Assemblyman Rory Lancman.
“The Governor's budget does unfairly hurt New York City and we need to fight to fix that, but the Read More
Paul Newell, dressed in a beige suit, his pockets stuffed with palm cards, was standing on the steps of St. Mary’s Church on Grand Street Sunday afternoon, stopping any parishioner he could get in front of to tell them that he’d been endorsed by every daily newspaper in New York City.
Two blocks away, Read More