New HRA Commissioner a Thorn in Side of Past Mayors

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in News

A longtime thorn in the side of many previous mayoral administrations will now be calling the current New York City mayor “boss.” Mayor Bill de Blasio named Steve Banks, currently attorney-in-chief for the Legal Aid Society, as commissioner for the Human Resources Administration. Banks’ appointment was widely acclaimed by advocates and public officials, but it will be an interesting pivot for Banks, who has a long history of butting heads with the city as an advocate for the homeless. Banks has… [More]

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]

First Read – February 28, 2014

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  WEATHER: Sunny across the state. New York City, high 19; Albany, high 18; Buffalo, high 10.   WINNERS AND LOSERS: Everyone was a bit jumpy this week: Sen. Tony Avella jumped to the IDC, Sen. Adriano jumped back into a congressional race and Donald Trump’s son-in-law jumped all over Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. But where will they land on our weekly list?   NEW THIS MORNING: *New York City Council members are urging the de Blasio administration to… [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]

Building Affordable Housing Is One Thing, Finding the Space Is Another

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in News

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal is to add or preserve more than 200,000 affordable housing units amid the densely packed cityscape. But how he and the City Council will endeavor to achieve that ambitious aim is anyone’s guess. A panel of housing experts and politicians discussed the city’s housing plans—or at least ideas—at City & State’s 4th Annual State of Our City forum. While the panelists seemed to be in fundamental agreement with the mayor on his… [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]

Gyory Moves to Manatt

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in News

As the Albany government relations world continues to shift, long-time political adviser Bruce Gyory is moving to Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP. Gyory, also a columnist for City & State, joins the firm as a senior adviser in the government and regulatory policy division of its Albany office. He most recently served as a strategic consultant for Corning Place Communications in Albany. “Bruce is well known to Albany insiders, including political office-holders, policy makers and policy-influencers, and we’re delighted to… [More]

First Read – February 26, 2014

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  WEATHER: Snow likely downstate; less of a chance upstate; breezy in western New York. New York City, high 31; Albany, high 21; Buffalo, high 13.   ROCKY ROAD FOR LABOR DEALS: In some ways New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sounds like his predecessor on the unsettled municipal union contracts, including the need to offset raises by finding equivalent savings, The Chief’s Richard Steier writes in City & State:   NEW THIS MORNING: * Queens Sen. Tony… [More]

Road To Municipal Labor Settlements Paved With Uncertainty

Written by Richard Steier on . Posted in Labor/Unions, Spotlight

There was a distinct edge to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s voice when he said during his budget presentation, “The previous administration was given an artificially high level of credit for management.” He was referring to the labor-contract mess he inherited when Michael Bloomberg left office after a third term in which he created a negotiating logjam. Following his 2009 re-election Bloomberg insisted that the city could not afford to honor a bargaining pattern he had set the previous two years, under… [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]