Speaker Candidates Make Their Case During Forum In Queens

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Latest, News

Five of the prospective candidates for City Council speaker made their case to the public at a forum in Queens Thursday night. Council members Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, Jimmy Vacca and Mark Weprin all participated, and each made a clear effort to carve out their own space and distinguish themselves from current Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Despite the speakership being a position voted on only by council members, the event, organized by Councilwoman-elect Helen Rosenthal, was designed not… [More]

Stringer Sidesteps Question About Taxing Rich

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Heard Around Town

Shortly after arriving at the Somos El Futuro conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, New York City Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer artfully dodged questions about Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to pay for universal pre-K. Stringer, who came to San Juan with his mother and stepfather, was initially noncommittal about the idea, but carefully sidestepped responding directly. “We have a lot of priorities in this city, and part of what I have to… [More]

Cool Hand Andrew? Casino Gambling Amendment Depends on a Little Luck (part 2)

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, News, Racing/Wagering

Page 2 of 2 — First Page Casino Country New York already has 14 casinos: nine slots-only racetrack casinos and five Native American casinos. In anticipation of future expansion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has carved the state up into seven regions. With downstate New York off the map for now and three zones reserved for Native American tribes, three upstate zones remain in play, with up to four full-fledged casinos on the table. Six months after Cuomo announced a proposal to… [More]

Cool Hand Andrew? Casino Gambling Amendment Depends on a Little Luck

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, News, Racing/Wagering

In early 1996, Rev. Tom Grey was attending a church convention in Rochester when he met a man who told him that they shared a common goal. Grey, then the executive director of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, was committed to keeping casinos out of New York. Grey didn’t know it at the time, but the man who approached him was a lobbyist for Donald Trump, who owned three casinos in Atlantic City and wanted to quash any competition… [More]

Too Much Tinkering: Experts Say Constitutional Amendments Do Too Little

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Environment, Government Operations, Latest, News, Racing/Wagering

New York voters will decide this November whether to approve six constitutional amendments, ranging from the legalization of casino gambling to two land swaps in the Adirondacks to raising the age limit for certain state judges. But for some experts and scholars, the New York Constitution needs a much more comprehensive overhaul—and it’s not too early to press for more far-reaching changes. “We have this constitution, and it’s not doing what it’s supposed to do,” said Chris Bopst, a partner… [More]