City & State TV: Geraldo Rivera

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Features, Interviews, Profiles

  For generations, Geraldo Rivera has been one of the most recognizable television journalists and talk show hosts in America. The host of the show Geraldo at Large and a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel, recently Rivera’s radio program on WABC shifted to a locally focused format centering on the New York area. City & State Editor Morgan Pehme spoke with the Peabody-award winning journalist about Bill de Blasio, the rise of Latino political power, the DREAM Act,… [More]

Scorecard: Casinos

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Spotlight

CASINO SITING  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out a timeline that could have at least some new casinos opening within a year. A siting committee would issue a request for casino applications in March, and bids would come in by June and be reviewed over the summer, with the assistance of an outside consultant. By early fall the winners would be announced. The five-member siting committee, which is made up of financial and real estate experts, already includes former state… [More]

Spotlight: Casinos

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Spotlight

Agenda-CasinosGambling New York is on the verge of licensing a new wave of casinos, this time with Las Vegas-style gambling and table games—a step up from the slots at the state’s existing racetrack casinos—and allowing them in three upstate regions that are not on Native American land. Although New York City is off the table, the competition for one of the four upstate casino licenses has attracted a number of potential bidders, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out a timeline… [More]

Upload of Student Data Delayed Again

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Education, Features, Heard Around Town, News, Technology

State Education Commissioner Dr. John King The state’s upload of sensitive data to inBloom is being delayed again, Education Department Commissioner John King announced Monday, marking the second delay since January. “We’re going to continue our work on that data project, but we’re going to delay the sharing of names and addresses so that we can work with the Legislature to put in place additional security and privacy protections related to third party providers,” King said during a press conference primarily to announce Common Core adjustments… [More]

De Blasio’s State of the City Marks A Shift In Tone From Bloomberg Era

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Housing, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation

As is the case with most mayors less than two months into their administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not have a laundry list of accomplishments to point to during his State of the City address on Monday. But unlike his predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s first State of the City, which covered a wide range of topics and laid the foundation for his twelve years in office, de Blasio eschewed a long-term blueprint in favor of addressing the urgency of leveling… [More]

As Potential Bidders Eye Casino Licenses, Timeline Could Play A Big Role

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Spotlight

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have casino bids in by June, the winners selected by this fall, and gamblers showing up at new or upgraded Las Vegas-style facilities in New York as soon as early next year. “Our challenge now is to make casinos a reality, make it happen, make it happen fast and make it happen correctly,” the governor said during his State of the State address. “Our current plan is March 2014 for the RFP to go out,… [More]

Ball and Former HBO CEO Push “Jobs For Heroes”

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

This afternoon state Sen. Greg Ball is stepping up his push to pass “Job For Heroes” legislation, which sets aside 5 percent of state contracts for businesses owned by disabled military veterans, with a lobbying day in Albany. Ball and others want to see the measure added to the state budget, and among those joining the lawmaker is Bill Nelson, a former HBO CEO, Vietnam veteran and board member of the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America. “The service-disabled veterans are the… [More]

Inner Circle Set To Poke Fun At De Blasio Next Month

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Other News

It’s that time of year again—The Inner Circle, an organization of New York City political journalists, has announced the date of its annual revue poking fun at federal, state, and local elected officials. This year’s event, to be held on March 22nd at the New York Hilton Midtown, is titled “Stuck with de Bill”, and is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiation into the inglorious annals of Inner Circle tradition. The occasionally cringe-worthy production includes a variety of satirical musical theater-inspired… [More]

Let Grandfather Go (CORRECTED)

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Opinion

Poor freshmen. Always get the short end of the stick. Take the 21 freshman members of the New York City Council. While these women and men are limited by law to serve two terms, 18 of their veteran colleagues can run for a third term in 2017. A third term? How is that possible, you ask? Didn’t New York City voters approve a referendum in November 2010 that for the third time since 1993 unmistakably affirmed that the will of… [More]

POWER 100: The Most Powerful People In New York City Politics

Written by City & State on . Posted in Features, Other Features

  The ground has shifted in New York City politics. Since we last compiled our NYC Power 100 list—for our Dec. 3, 2012 issue—there has been a sea change in the city’s hierarchy of movers and shakers. Gone are most traces of the long-ruling Bloomberg administration. Newly arrived is a tidal wave of progressive change, led by Mayor Bill de Blasio, organized labor and the Working Families Party. Our list reflects the altered landscape: 49 of its 100 members are… [More]