A new Quinnipiac Poll shows 64 percent of Americans believe taxes on those making more that $250,000 should be raised.

Mayor Bloomberg is pressuring Verizon to restore phone service to many Manhattan office buildings.

A new group of skiers and snowboarders are raising concerns over global warming and its impact on their favorite hobby.

The legal fight over which ballots should be counted in the 46th Senate District race continues to slowly move along.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes says he is not going to back down from his criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for failing to do more to help his fellow  Democrats win control of the state Senate.

The Senate Democrats called the IDC-GOP coalition “bizarre” and an experiment that “isn’t going to work.”  They want Cuomo to “step in.”

Members of the Ben Franklin Reform Democratic Club think Sen. Jeff Klein went back on his word to them by forming an alliance with the Republicans.

Powerful Tea Party US Sen. Jim DeMint is resigning to take a job as the head of the Heritage Foundation.

Might Stephen Colbert be tapped to replace DeMint in Washington?

Sen. Chuck Schumer is pushing to restore funding to missile defense projects that will save jobs in Syracuse.

New York leads the nation in lottery ticket revenue.

State Thruway officials are now looking at all alternatives to a 45 percent toll increase on trucks, and they are not ruling out a broader increase that will also hit passenger cars.

An impressive list of labor and Democratic leaders/donors are headlining a Dec. 17 fundraiser for Bill Thompson’s 2013 NYC mayoral campaign.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew’s name is on the Thompson invite, but the powerful teachers union hasn’t yet backed anyone.

According to her tweets, Semi-First Lady Sandra Lee will again have seven fully decorated Christmas trees at Lily Pond – the home she shares with Cuomo.

The Twittersphere is not impressed with Lee’s all-white tree (to say the least).

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota has been eager to tout the achievements of the transit authority, but isn’t so forthcoming about his political plans.

Clyde Haberman warns Lhota against accepting Rudy Giuliani’s endorsement if he seeks the former NYC mayor’s job.

Former VP Al Gore was the surprise guest at Bloomberg’s “where do we go post-Sandy” speech this morning.

During his speech, Bloomberg again dismissed the use of expensive experiments like sea gates stretching across New York harbor.

New York has dropped in the national ranking of anti-smoking programs. It was once fifth, but is now 21st.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo wants to know what happened to Cuomo’s fracking advisory panel, which hasn’t met since mid-December 2011, and never met in public or issued any recommendations.

Former NYC Mayor Koch hopes to leave the hospital by Sunday.