Dec 11th - 11:48 am
After thinking over the decision for more than a month, NYC’s incoming First Family has decided where to live. The de Blasios are leaving Park Slope and moving into Gracie Mansion.
A statement from de Blasio’s transition office is reporting that they’re leaving their beloved neighborhood row house for fancier digs. Gracie Mansion which has served as the official home for the city’s mayors since 1942.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg never moved in, preferring his own elegant townhouse off Fifth Avenue to Gracie Mansion, an 18th Century former country house, which was built in the Federal Style at a bend in the East River. The Bloomberg administration has frequently used Gracie Mansion for receptions and meetings.
Here’s part of the statement from de blasio:
For a variety of reasons, like logistical and security concerns, we’ve decided to move to Gracie Mansion. It’s a practical choice but one that we make with respect and gratitude for the people of New York City.
While this is a temporary move for us, it is one that we are very proud to make. It’s also one that we will phase in over the next few months.
De Blasio said the choice wasn’t easy… in part because his teenage son Dante now has an easy commute to Brooklyn Tech high school in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene section. That’s going to be a longer ride now, although presumably he can catch a ride in a city car.
The incoming first family also says they’re keeping their Brooklyn home, and stopping by Park Slope favorites like The Purity Diner and Bar Toto as often as they can.
And they add: don’t bet against seeing them at the Park Slope YMCA occasionally.
Dec 11th - 6:47 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and New York City.
At 10:30 a.m., he’ll attend the regional economic development awards, Hart Theatre, Egg Center for Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, Albany.
At 8 a.m., the founder of the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol, NYC Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch, and Sen. Simcha Felder host an “Appreciation Breakfast” honoring outgoing NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, The Canal Jean Building, 2236 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn.
At 11 a.m., Sen. Liz Krueger, joined by advocates and government officials, outlines her legislative proposal to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana; steps, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 11:30 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg will sign Nelson Mandela’s condolence book at the South African Consulate General, 333 East 38th St., (between First and Second avenues), Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., the Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation will hold a public hearing on the STAR registration program, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany.
From 4:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, former Mayor David Dinkins, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, 91 Claremont Ave., Manhattan.
At 5:30 p.m., Councilwoman and NYC Public Advocate-Elect Letitia “Tish” James will host a transition town hall meeting, York College, The City University of New York, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Queens.
House and Senate negotiators reached a budget deal that would raise military and domestic spending over the next two years, shifting the pain of across-the-board cuts to other programs over the coming decade and raising fees on airline tickets to pay for airport security.
Cuomo’s tax commission recommended $2 billion in tax cuts and rebates aimed mostly at reducing levies on property, providing a blueprint for the governor’s 2014 fiscal agenda.
NYC homeowners were largely left out of the commission’s relief recommendations, though renters may get a break. The panel paid zero attention to Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s plan to tax the rich to pay for pre-K.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reacted cautiously to the recommendations, saying: “Any proposal should be premised on a principle of fairness to all New Yorkers, city residents, suburbanites and rural residents alike.” He also wants any pre-K and the DREAM Act.
At the Long Island press conference where the report was unveiled, Cuomo said he had not yet read the document, but called it “impressive.”
Business groups and some lawmakers hailed the commission’s proposals, while left-leaning critics called them unaffordable, ill-targeted toward the wealthy and corporations, and likely to leave less money for public schools.
In 2011 and 2012, at least 52 grants or tax breaks totaling $40 million worth of projects awarded by Cuomo’s regional economic development councils were either pulled or rejected.
The FBI and federal prosecutors are reportedly now investigating whether top Upstate Medical University administrators illegally received extra pay, intensifying a scandal that has already resulted in resignations.
A Manhattan judge removed herself from a case brought by two of Vito Lopez’s sexual harassment victims against the Assembly and Speaker Silver because she is a former colleague of Silver’s attorney.
A federal safety agency says the technology known as positive train control would probably have prevented the Dec. 1 train derailment that killed four people in New York.
SL Green Realty Chairman Stephen Green addressed business owners’ anxieties over the incoming administration of de Blasio, calling those feelings “overblown.”
Dec 10th - 5:21 pm
Chris Cillizza/The Fix named NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn’s failed mayoral bid the “worst campaign” of 2013.
Elle magazine profiles incoming NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, calling her “outspoken, activist, political strategist, mother of two, sexuality-fluid, (and) ever-feminist.”
Did Mayor Bloomberg make New Yorkers healthier over his 12 years in office? Statisticians say: “Yes, but it’s complicated.”
Jenifer Rajkumar, who lost primary challenge this year against NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin, has registered a campaign committee to run for the seat held by Sen. Daniel Squadron.
Squadron has been floated as a potential candidate for NYC parks commissioner.
Why has Bloomberg declared war on polystyrene?
The New York City Council voted to pass lobbying reform legislation that builds on laws it passed in 2006
Nearly six in 10 superintendents in New York said their schools are safer today than they were a year ago after the Newtown school shootings.
Vincent Ignizio, a conservative Republican from Staten Island, has been elected the leader of the NYC Council’s three-person Republican caucus.
Newsday will bolster its Capitol bureau by adding Michael Gormley, a longtime reporter, columnist and editor for the Associated Press.
Several CSX tank cars carrying crude oil derailed on a train in the Broadway-Harlem Road area of Cheektowaga this morning. There were no leaks or injuries.
Three Central New York hospitals had higher than average infection rates in 2012, according to a state Health Department report.
He wasn’t expected to attend, but Cuomo made a surprise appearance during a meeting in Albany about the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.
Veteran baseball writer Roger Angell will be honored this summer at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
“Cuomo technically shares control of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with Governor Chris Christie, though you wouldn’t know it from his silence on the latest scandal to tarnish the reputation of the sprawling bi-state infrastructure agency.”
New York City is expected to draw 54.3 million visitors in 2013, an all-time high in tourism in the five boroughs and a 54 percent increase since Bloomberg took office 12 years ago.
The Court of Appeals accepted the Commission on Judicial Conduct’s recommendation that Middletown Town Court Justice Glen George be removed from the bench.
Dec 10th - 6:50 am
A winter weather advisory is in effect across the tristate area from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. New York City will be hit with the brunt of the storm. Though things could get serious in Western New York by tomorrow night.
(New this morning). At 10:30 a.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo will receive the (delayed) report from his second tax relief commission, SUNY Old Westbury, Student Union Center Building, Multi-Purpose Room, 223 Store Hill Rd., Old Westbury.
At 10 a.m., Buffalo-area organizations and residents hold rally supporting Raise The Age NY campaign to stop treating 16 and 17 year olds that commit crimes as adults, Erie County Holding Center, 40 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.
At 11 a.m., the Assembly Agriculture Committee and Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy will hold a public hearing on promoting New York farm products, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany.
Also at 11 a.m., LG Bob Duffy speaks at the New York State Police Academy graduation ceremony, Convention Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany.
At noon, parents, elected officials and vaccine safety activists protest passage of rule that requires all New York City children receive annual influenza vaccinations, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio participates in the National Women’s Law Center and Strong Start for Children Campaign’s #InvestInKids Tweetchat. Follow here: http://www.twitter.com/billdeblasio.
At 2:30 p.m., Mayor Bloomberg Mayor launches what the city is calling the “nation’s largest continuous outdoor public WiFi” zone on 125th Street in Harlem.
At 5 p.m., Lehman College administrators and professors participate in a memorial service and scholarship fundraiser in memory of Kisook Ahn, who was killed in the Metro North derailment, faculty dining room, Music Building, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, the Bronx.
Also at 5 p.m., Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, former Gov. David Paterson, Guardian Angels founder and President Curtis Sliwa and City Councilman Mark S. Weprin talk about city and regional issues during public discussions broadcast live on talk radio station WNYM “The Answer” 970 AM; Statler Grill, 136 W. 33rd St., Manhattan.
At 6:30 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli holds a fundraiser at the Park Lane Hotel, 36 Central Park South, Manhattan.
At 6:45 p.m., DL21C holds its 21st Annual Holiday Bash with Circolo PD New York and special guest Ignazio Marino, the new mayor of Rome, Italy, Revel Lounge, 10 Little West 12th Street, Manhattan.
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh holds his annual holiday cocktail, The Globe Bar, 158 E. 23rd St., Manhattan.
The report from Cuomo’s second tax commission, which will be delivered this morning, will reportedly include a “circuit breaker” to provide property tax relief but nothing on the PIT cut that one of two co-chairs, former Gov. George Pataki, was pushing.
“Andrew M. Cuomo, the governor of New York, and Billy Joel, the New York-bred singer-songwriter, seem to be having a moment.”
Cuomo insisted his rare trip to Washington, D.C. – which included his first overnight stay outside the state since taking office – had nothing to do with his potential 2016 ambitions.
Ben Barnes, a longtime Washington lobbyist and former lieutenant governor of Texas who attended Cuomo’s breakfast fundraiser, said the governor talked about economic development, cutting taxes, making New York state more friendly to business.
The Moreland Commission is solely focused on the Legislature, but since 2005, nearly 300 executive branch employees have been arrested, charged or investigated – including 123 since Cuomo took office.
Cuomo was the only governor among eight in the northerneast who declined to sign a letter calling for stronger pollution controls on nine midwestern and southern states. (DEC Commissioner Joe Martens signed instead).
A coalition of good-government groups called on Cuomo to launch a statewide effort to push for the recommendations contained in the preliminary report from the Moreland panel on public corruption — including a major overhaul at the state Board of Elections.
Two leading gun control groups gave New York a B+ in their annual scorecard analyzing gun laws across the nation.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s administration has told SL Green that it supports the company’s 1 Vanderbilt project, slated to be a high-rise office tower west of Grand Central Terminal.
Carmen Farina, a leading chancellor contender, not only shares an educational philosophy nearly identical to de Blasio’s, but helped to construct the mayor-elect’s beliefs during the decade she has advised him on school issues.
Dec 9th - 5:02 pm
Democratic activists in early presidential states have concluded there’s no way Gov. Andrew Cuomo will run in 2016 – whether Hillary Clinton is in the race or not – due to his absence from the national stage.
Sandra Lee says the governor makes a slow cooker pasta sauce every Sunday and she and the girls “aren’t allowed in the kitchen.”
State GOP Chairman Ed Cox is participating in Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr.’s annual “Toys for Tots” Christmas in the Bronx event.
Many of NYC’s major clothing stores tried to defuse the “shop and frisk” scandal by agreeing to an anti-profiling policy demanded by civil-rights activists led by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins has joined the Sharpton, Russell Simmons, Marc Morial, and Rabbi Marc Schneier in saying “No to K.O.”
Buffalo real estate developer Carl P. Paladino makes another appearance on Fox Business Network this evening.
Commissioners from New York’s county boards of elections support a single state and federal primary date in June.
Rep. Pete King: “You should ask (NJ Gov.) Chris Christie if me being in the race disqualifies him.”
Abby Huntsman, a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” interviewed her father, former governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, complete with the title “Family Exclusive.”
After losing the GOP NYC mayoral primary, John Catsimatidis now wonders if Mayor Bloomberg wasn’t on to something with his push for nonpartisan municipal elections.
Cuomo has finally named the members of his anti-hunger task force, which advocates have been calling on him to do for some time.
The NY Post appears to have ID’ed the do-little medical nonprofit cited in the Moreland Commission report.
NYCLU has some advice for NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.
Sadly, Prime NY is not having a holiday party this year. But they did release an annual holiday poem, in keeping with a long-standing tradition.
Cuomo announced today the launch of an online store – www.ILoveNY.com - that will offers some twists on the original I LOVE NY logo.
Sracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner tapped a new corporation counsel.
The state Gaming Commission released a request for proposals late last month to hire a firm for “gaming advisory services” as it plans early next year to review locations for four upstate casinos.
New York State has now enrolled 100,881 people through its health insurance exchange, putting the state on track to meet its own goal of 1.1 million by the end of 2016.
The Erie County budget for 2014 is a sealed deal now that County Executive Mark Poloncarz has notified the Legislature of his acceptance of the lawmakers’ amended $1.39 billion spending plan.
Dec 9th - 3:49 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this afternoon the appointment of two new CUNY trustees to the 15-member board – Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and Barry Schwartz – replacing two Pataki-era appointees whose most recent seven-year terms had expired.
Molinaro, a Conservative Party member who crossed party lines to endorse Cuomo in 2010, and Schwartz, executive vice president at MacAdams and Forbes Holdings Inc., replace Kathleen Pesile and Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, respectively.
“The City University of New York system is a world-class higher education institution that provides quality and affordable education to students in the five boroughs,” Cuomo said in a press release. “It is also a powerful economic engine in our communities, nurturing entrepreneurs and innovators and preparing the next generation’s workforce.”
“I am pleased to appoint Borough President James Molinaro and Mr. Barry Schwartz to the CUNY Board of Trustees, who will bring invaluable experience from both the public and private sectors to the University. I thank them for their leadership as CUNY continues to serve the students of New York City with the highest standards.”
Wiesenfeld, a conservative Democrat who worked briefly for the Pataki administration, is a controversial figure who has engaged in some high-profile verbal battles over the years, including an effort to block the playwright Tony Kushner from receiving an honorary degree. (Weisenfeld called him an “extremist” opponent and critic of Israel).
He also had had a very public war with an equally controversial public figure who is practially his political polar opposite – Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron.
Wiesenfeld was initially appointed to the CUNY Board by Pataki in June 1999 and was approved by the Senate after a testy public hearing during that focused on his alleged use of objectionable language in describing Hasidic Jews and African Americans. (He refused to respond to the allegations, lodged by Isaac Abraham, a community advocate in Brooklyn). Wiesenfeld was reappointed to a second term in December 2006.
Pesile was originally appointed by Pataki in June 1998 and then reappointed in June 2005. She is a financial advisor and university educator and also a Staten Islander. She served during the Giuliani administration on the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commissions. There was some controversy surrounding Pesile’s appointment, too, as Pataki sought to speed her confirmation to insure that the board passes a curb on remedial classes that he had urged.
Pesile’s eventual confirmation ended up following the board’s approval of Pataki’s plan.
Dec 9th - 12:05 pm
Several public forums later, and we don’t seem much closer to a consensus candidate for City Council Speaker. This was historically a vote that was taken privately by the members behind closed doors, but this year the decision making process was broadened to ( sort of ) include the public. Last week, members of the Progressive Caucus in the City Council met privately to discuss the nominating process. But some are now saying there seems to be a renewed interest in keeping the rest of this out of public view without any more candidate forums.
The push and pull between the caucus and the county leaders remains active. Bronx Chair Carl Heastie and Queens Chair Joe Crowley still want to have some say in who gets selected. Brooklyn is also in the mix, but the the county leadership is a little shakier. Heastie also has other state issues to worry about at the moment, which puts Crowley at the center of this, at least among county leaders. He has met with front runner Melissa Mark-Viverito once and they are scheduled to meet again in a coupla weeks. It was reported that Crowley is warming to the idea of Mark-Viverito, after initially being skeptical of someone who so quickly achieved front runner status.
There was also some skepticism about Mark-Viverito because of close ties to incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio. But now, some are seeing the benefit of a candidate the new Mayor also wants. Nobody wants to push someone who is unacceptable to the Mayor. But for now, it’s a still a bit of a waiting game. Someone described process as similar to Hall of Fame balloting. People come forward with their first second and third choice candidates, then a selection is made based on who seems to have the most consensus. The tension comes because some county leaders believe the caucus is trying to undermine them, and caucus members believe the county is trying to have outsize influence.
As for the other candidates, many believe Inez Dickens cannot find a path to victory at this point. Jimmy Vacca has too many ideological differences with de Blasio, and one source added that cannot seem to control his protege, incoming Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres. Dan Gorodnick is still very much in the mix, including the strong backing of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries who is fast gaining a reputation as a behind the scenes player with his frequent cable TV appearances. Jeffries and Gorodnick used to work at a law firm together. Mark Weprin continues to make his case, and dark horse candidate Annabel Palma is also in the mix.
The process of finding someone acceptable to all in city government shows that there may not be a perfect solution. Sometimes we need to find common ground where there is little to speak. It reminds me of one of my favorite definitions of nationhood, which comes from political scientist Karl Deutsch who conlcluded that nations are formed by ”a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbours.”
Dec 9th - 6:52 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Washington, D.C. (he spent the night there, which is very unusual), where he’ll be attending a fund-raiser (not on his public schedule) and the meeting of the Democratic Governors Association (I believe it’s his first one out-of-state) at St. Regis Hotel 923 16th Street NW, at noon.
At 7 a.m., NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi and AFT President Randi Weingarten join educators, parents and others to call for more education funding and less focus on testing at the first of several “Day of Action” events across the state, Nyack High School, Nyack.
At 9 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks at the Public Employees Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (He’s due back in New York this afternoon).
Form 9 a.m. to noon, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney will be hosting a free workshop for small businesses at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery.
At 10 a.m., the holds a public hearing on voter access and the prospect of moving the state primary to June, Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, Manhattan.
Also at 10 a.m., AARP New York joins advocates and caregivers to announce major recommendations for state support for unpaid family caregivers, Lifespan, 1900 Clinton Ave S., Rochester
At 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Al Sharpton, Manhattan BP and NYC Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer, retail executives and minority advocates hold a news briefing following a working group meeting about store policies and procedures; Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 7 W. 55th St., Manhattan.
Also at noon, education advocates, NYSUT, UUP, AQE and local parent-teacher groups hold a press conference calling on the state Education Department to slow implementation of the Common Core standards. Similar “Day of Action” events are being held in Binghamton, Rochester, Syracuse, New York City, Yonkers and the Buffalo suburb of West Seneca.
From noon to 2 p.m., Rep. Joseph Crowley presents a keynote speech during a free seminar about the federal health care overhaul, organized by the Bronx Chamber of Commerce; conference center, Hutchinson Metro Center, 1250 Waters Place, Bronx.
At 12:30 p.m., good government groups – the Brennan Center for Justice, Citizens Union of the City of New York, Common Cause/NY, the League of Women Voters/N.Y.S., NYPIRG – urge action on the Moreland Commission report recommendations, 3rd floor of the Capitol, between the Senate lobby and the LCA.
At 2 p.m., Rep. Louise Slaughter holds a press conference after hosting two senior officials from the U.S. Department of Defense on a tour of local facilities and meeting with women-owned, managed and advised defense contractors, RIT Louise M. Slaughter Hall, Center for Integrated Manufacturing, Building #78, Rochester.
At 6 p.m., Schneiderman 2014 holds a birthday celebration for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Eventi Hotel, 851 6th Ave., Manhattan.
At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., NY1′s “Road To City Hall” features Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and state Education Commissioner John King.
At 7:30 p.m., Mayor Bloomberg speaks at the American Friends of Magen David Adom’s New York Benefit Gala, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60, Manhattan.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Pat Foye is expected to tell a New Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee what he knows about the unannounced closing of George Washington Bridge access lanes that caused traffic gridlock in September.
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission investigates Albany’s pay-to-play culture, two state agencies are soliciting corporations to donate up to $15,000 to underwrite a four-day conference the state is hosting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says Metro-North signal crews have installed new safety protections at the Spuyten Duyvil curve, the site of last Sunday’s derailment in the Bronx that killed four people.
The new protections are supposed to be in place for all trains along that stretch of track by this morning.
Republicans are upset over the little-noticed City&State column penned by Steve Cohen, a former top Cuomo aide, that blasted US Attorney for the Northern District Richard Hartunian for failing to bring public corruption cases against members of the Legislature.
Dec 8th - 7:57 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Washington, D.C. tonight to attend the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. He’s scheduled to be in our nation’s capital tomorrow for a fund-raiser.
It’s unclear if he’s spending the night outside state lines (no word yet from his press office), but if he is, it’s a rare occasion indeed.
Brian Stelter’s debut as host of CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ included a critique of the conflict of interest present during CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s New Day interview with his older brother, Gov. Cuomo, on the Bronx train derailment.
Bill de Blasio looked to the late Nelson Mandela for inspiration at a memorial service today, urging New Yorkers to “live out the lessons” of the anti-apartheid hero.
Bill Bratton, who on Jan. 1 will become the next NYPD commissioner, on Saturday made his first public appearance since being appointed earlier in the week at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters in Harlem.
Bratton: “(O)ur commitment to you is your police force in your city will be respectful. It will practice what Mandela preached: freedom for all, respect for all, compassion for all.”
Front page treatment from the NYT for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand about her dogged determination and willingness to buck members of her own party.
A federal bankruptcy court’s decision in Detroit last week putting that city’s constitutionally protected public pension on the table for cuts cracks the door open for pension reductions in New York.
President Obama and Rep. Charlie Rangel reportedly don’t get along too well.
Mayor Bloomberg’s styrofoam food container ban is likely to come up for a vote in the NYC Council this week.
With a streak of three consecutive on-time budgets on the line along with pressure to reduce taxes and boost anti-corruption laws, Cuomo’s seemingly frayed relationship with the Legislature will be closely scrutinized when lawmakers return to the Capitol in 2014.
Legislation to ban plastic guns that can’t be detected by metal detectors could head to the White House for President Obama’s signature tomorrow night, hours before the current ban expires at midnight.
Unlike other reporters, Politico’s Jonathan Allen and The Hill’s Amie Parnes got good access for their soon-to-be-released book on Hillary Clinton.
Decades after the country began closing mental institutions en masse, jails and prisons have become America’s de facto psychiatric centers. The new reality is that roughly one of every seven prisoners is on the state Office of Mental Health caseload.
Erie County Conservative Party Chairman Ralph Lorigo says Carl Paladino is getting closer every day to running again for governor in 2014.
Several-hundred people braved freezing temperatures and brisk winds blowing across Lake Erie Saturday to rally in support of transitioning the coal-fueled NRG Power Plant to natural gas.
Dec 6th - 5:54 pm
Sen. Liz Krueger will introduce a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, saying she sees it as a “starting point” for a conversation about “rational” pot policy.
The house Sen. Chuck Schumer shares with two fellow Democrats is a serious pit.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has terminated her congressional campaign committee and has transferred the remaining funds to her political action committee.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver quietly slipped into Buffalo for a Sabers game and a hockey night fund-raiser.
The Federal Railroad Administration ordered Metro-North Railroad to modify its signal system to provide better safeguards against speeding in response to Sunday’s fatal derailment in New York City.
In his final days in office, Mayor Bloomberg is reaching out to the families of all 69 former city employees who died in the line of duty over the course of his 12 year term.
At least a dozen potential candidates have expressed interest in challenging Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei next year.
The pro-frackers are spending more on lobbyists than the anti-frackers, but to no avail. (So far).
As the dust settles from Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s two-day spree of administrative appointments, all eyes have now turned to his next big decision: who he’ll pick for New York City schools chancellor.
Bloomberg said those who criticize his admittedly halting Spanish should “get a life.”
The Obamas, the Clintons and the Bushes will all travel to South Africa to participate in memorial events honoring Nelson Mandela
Schumer is optimistic about the budget talks taking place in Washington.
Only one of the NYC Council speaker candidates – Brooklyn’s Jumaane Williams – has openly criticized de Blasio’s selection of Bill Bratton to return to the NYPD commissioner’s post.
Williams cited his church-going Caribbean roots and a traumatic personal experience involving a pregnancy in explaining his views on gay marriage and abortion.
A mid-level appeals court dismissed a challenge to New York’s participation in a regional cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, ruling it was filed well outside the statute of limitations.
A new Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice will be located in Brooklyn’s Boys and Girls High School campus, in honor of the civil and human rights activist.
A controversial appointee of Governor Chris Christie has resigned from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.