Can Albany Agree On How To Kill “Zombies”?

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Housing, Latest, News

In Manhattan there is an ever more expensive real estate battle over apartments and penthouses taking place in the clouds. But far below the skyline dwellings, in other parts of the state, there is an ongoing clash just to get someone to take ownership of properties worth millions of dollars less than those luxury condos. From Long Island to Buffalo to the North Country, homes foreclosed upon during the last recession sit without tenants. However, in many cases, the owners… [More]

Airport Coalition Calls for Expansion of N Line to LaGuardia

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Latest, News, Transportation, Video

The Global Gateway Alliance, a coalition founded by real estate developer Joe Sitt to improve New York City’s airports, is taking aim at the lack of  viable mass transit access to LaGuardia Airport. At City & State’s State of Our City forum at Baruch College, Global Gateway Alliance Executive Director Stephen Sigmund called for  the revival of the N line extension to LaGuardia Airport, which was originally part of a MTA capital plan that got discarded in 2000 as a… [More]

Managing Expectations

Written by City & State on . Posted in Health Care, Latest, News

BY ALLISON HIBBS Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team has reduced government spending, slowed rising healthcare costs and freed up funds to help struggling hospitals. But one reform—the shift to managed care programs—is still “making lots of people nervous,” said Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, the longtime chair of the Assembly Health Committee and a member of Cuomo’s Redesign Team. More than four million Medicaid consumers have been moved to care management programs over the last two years as a result of… [More]

City & State TV: Camille Rivera

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Latest, News, Video

UnitedNY Executive Director Camille Rivera discusses the push for raising the minimum wage in New York City and the struggle to increase wages for airport and car wash workers in an interview with City Hall Bureau Chief Nick Powell. ‘ Rivera is part of a large coalition of grassroots leaders, nonprofit organizations, and labor unions advocating for the state Legislature to give New York City and other communities across the state the power to increase the minimum wage on a… [More]

First Read – February 25, 2014

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  WEATHER: Slight chance across the state. New York City, high 33; Albany, high 25; Buffalo, high 19.   ARBITRATION: NYC LABOR CONTRACTS’ X-FACTOR: Adding to this uncertainty of the looming negotiations over expired municipal labor contracts in New York City is the possibility of arbitration, writes City & State’s Nick Powell: COUNCIL MEMBER ITEM REFORM EASIER SAID THAN DONE: City Council members have been clamoring for member items reform for years, but an equitable, needs-based formula for discretionary funds… [More]

Is Observer Piece Hitting Schneiderman Trump’s Revenge?

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

Is Donald Trump about to make good on his threat to “get even” with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman? The New York Observer will publish a lengthy profile of Schneiderman tomorrow that sources say will serve as payback for the lawsuit the attorney general filed against Trump University. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is the publisher of the Observer. “It’s been clear for months that Donald Trump ordered up a hit piece in his son-in-law’s newspaper to retaliate against Schneiderman for bringing a… [More]

Council Member Item Reform Easier Said Than Done

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Latest, News, Social Services

For years, Council members have cried foul at the discretionary funding process. They argued the funding was used as a reward by the Speaker, leaving those that disagree without adequate money for their district.   “When Council members are afraid to vote their conscience or advocate for their constituents because they fear the funding to their district will be cut, the rules in the Council are not working,” said Councilman Brad Lander at City Hall on Monday. With a new… [More]

First Read – February 24, 2014

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  WEATHER: Breezy downstate; chance of snow upstate. New York City, high 34; Albany, high 30; Buffalo, high 22.   BEATING THE CLOCK: While Gov. Andrew Cuomo has touted his string of on-time budgets as a positive, some question whether an on-time budget is always a good thing, City & State’s Jon Lentz reports: TO G OR NOT TO G: Chirlane McCray and the de Blasio children’s appearance in a promotional video for a peculiar cause is another example of… [More]

Beating The Clock

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Latest, News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ushered in a new era of on-time budgets. Is that good for New York?    Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s perfect record of on-time budgets was already in jeopardy. The governor had been playing up the importance of timely budgets, praising the Legislature during his State of the State address for meeting the deadline in each of his first three years in office and—in a compliment that could double as a warning—for breaking the “gridlock that had plagued… [More]

First Read – February 20, 2014

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  WEATHER: Dry in Eastern New York, wet in WNY. New York City, high 48; Albany, high 44; Buffalo, high 43.   NEW THIS MORNING: * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told members of the Real Estate Board of New York that he has no problem with allowing super skyscrapers to be built in exchange for meeting his goal of 200,000 units of affordable housing, the Daily News writes: * De Blasio’s commitment to his pledge to… [More]