Study Shows That Raising Minimum Wage Won’t Hurt State Economy

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Economic Development, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, News & Features

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appeal to Albany for home rule control over New York City setting its own minimum wage during his State of the City speech Monday has made significant waves, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo all but shooting it down, by saying the proposal could cause “chaos” throughout the state. Despite Cuomo’s ambivalence, a group of elected officials, including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James will hold a rally at City Hall… [More]

Winners and Losers, February 14, 2014

Written by City & State on . Posted in Winners & Losers

Mayor Bill de Blasio loves to tell the “Tale of Two Cities.” But this week the narrative was a Tale of Two Leaders: It was the best of times for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, it was the worst of times for New York City’s new mayor. Cuomo had everything before him—strong poll numbers, support for his pre-K approach—while for de Blasio, it was the winter of discontent. And, as always, there were plenty of other tales of winners and losers to… [More]

Making the Black Vote Count

Written by Michel Faulkner on . Posted in Features, Opinion

As a black conservative, I believe the Republican Party offers the best opportunities for blacks and our nation’s youths to earn a seat at the political table of change. Our form of democracy—dysfunctional as it is—works best when there is a balance of power, giving new and provocative ideas an opportunity to come to the forefront before they are watered down so much that they don’t have the slightest resemblance to the original purpose behind them. Blind loyalty to the… [More]

Moreland Commission Hasn’t Met In 2014; Rice Might Not Be Replaced

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News, Trials/Hearings

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s decision to run for Congress prompted her to step down as one of the three co-chairs of the governor’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. Asked on Wednesday if he plans to replace Rice, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested that a new co-chair would be found but left open the possibility that there would be no replacement. “We are looking,” the governor said during a Q&A with reporters. “If we find a good one—we’re looking for… [More]

Heating Up Scaffold Law Fight, Moya Introduces Bill to Open Insurers’ Books

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, News, Real Estate/Construction

A day after friends and foes of the state’s Scaffold Law descended on Albany to lobby lawmakers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated which way he leans in the debate over the controversial legislation. “I would be open to reforms to the Scaffold Law,” Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday, without going into specifics. The law holds property owners and developers of construction projects liable for worker injuries if they fail to provide the proper safety equipment, although critics claim that it lets… [More]

Q Poll: Clinton and Cuomo Would Both Top Christie for President

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Heard Around Town, News

In a potential 2016 presidential primary fight between heavyweight New York Democrats, the latest Quinnipiac poll shows that Hillary Clinton holds the edge over Gov. Andrew Cuomo—at least in terms of favorability. Clinton holds a 65-30 percent total favorability rating and leads in every other category, except among Republicans. Cuomo holds a 59-28 total favorability rating. Voters were also asked who would be their presidential pick between Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and between Cuomo and Christie. Christie… [More]

Cuomo’s Abuse Of Authority

Written by Nicole Gelinas on . Posted in Opinion

The governor on the wrong side of the Hudson is rightly in trouble for allowing his appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to abuse their power in pursuit of political punishment. The governor on the other side of the river, though, deserves scrutiny for his recent actions at the Port Authority, acting arbitrarily and capriciously—for a good end, but the end doesn’t justify the means. Andrew Cuomo acted in response to a Daily News series… [More]

How De Blasio Can Succeed

Written by Bruce N. Gyory on . Posted in Opinion

It is far too early to speculate on Bill de Blasio’s ultimate success as mayor. However, it is not too soon to parse the factors that will determine how New Yorkers will judge his mayoralty. I was honored to serve on City & State’s panel for the Top 10 Greatest Mayors in New York City history. That review implicitly spotlighted three factors determining mayoral success. The first factor is controlled by the mayor himself. Successful mayors ground their missions in… [More]

Klein Waffles on Holding the Line on Pre-K Tax

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Education, Features, Heard Around Town, News

When state Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos shot down New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pre-kindergarten plan on Monday, state Sen. Jeff Klein, Skelos’ governing partner, issued a statement saying that he would not pass a state budget that fails to include the proposal, calling it “the only one that provides New York City with the funding it needs to achieve that goal.” But by Tuesday, he seemed more flexible on de Blasio’s plan, which requires a tax on… [More]

For Its 25th Anniversary, Give the City Charter the Gift of Revision

Written by Talia Werber on . Posted in Features, Opinion

Twenty-five years ago, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the New York City Board of Estimate violated the Constitution, the 1989 New York City Charter Revision Commission was established to propose a new city charter. That charter, which redistributed powers of the city government’s branches and offices, was approved by the voters and went into effect in 1990. As we approach the 25th anniversary of the revamped city charter, it is time for New York City… [More]