De Blasio Cracks Jokes, Calls Himself A “Fiscal Conservative” At ABNY Speech

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Economic Development, Features, Latest, News

Bill de Blasio seems to be enjoying his seat on the front-runner express. Bolstered by a 50-point lead, according to a recent poll, the Democratic mayoral was loose and relaxed while delivering a speech at a breakfast this morning hosted by the Association for a Better New York, cracking jokes that didn’t always connect and even claiming that he is a “fiscal conservative.” De Blasio’s speech essentially re-hashed the same policy platforms he’s been touting throughout the campaign, though he… [More]

New York City Mayoral Contenders Pitch Proposals for MWBEs

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

Joe Lhota touted a mentoring program for businesses owned by minorities or women during his time at the helm of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Adolfo Carrión said that as CEO of a private company, his goal is to “advance minority business growth.” Jack Hidary mentioned a grant and loan fund he had helped put together that launched 2,500 new small businesses. As the three candidates for mayor of New York City sought to portray themselves as champions of minority- and… [More]

Setting the Agenda: Legislative Priorities for 2014

Written by City & State on . Posted in Banking/Insurance, Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Health Care

A Head Start on the 2014 Season As Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” For many organizations, interests and activists— and the media outlets tha t cover them—by the time the focus shifts to the next year’s legislative agenda in Albany, the top players have already set the priorities—the battle lines are already drawn. It’s with the aim of preparing for next year and keeping ahead of the curve—and engaging the 2014 legislative… [More]

Setting the Agenda: The Environment

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Energy, Environment

A tanker ship carries natural gas, a controversial fuel source due to the debate over hydrofracking. According to New York League of Conservation Voters President Marcia Bystryn, the New York Legislature did pretty well with the environment last year. “We give them a B-minus, overall,” Bystryn told City & State, noting that—outside of a solar tax credit—the environmentalist group’s top goals for the session were all met. Those goals included a food metrics bill to help assess greener food production… [More]

Stringer Still Stinging Spitzer on Last Day of Campaign

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Daily

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer kept up his criticism of Eliot Spitzer, his most formidable rival in the race for New York City comptroller, as he made a last-minute push on Tuesday afternoon to get voters to the polls. Stringer attacked Spitzer, the former governor who resigned after a prostitution scandal, as untrustworthy and lacking in integrity, adding that Spitzer was trying to buy the election. “I’ve got an opponent who literally wrote a check for $10 million to buy… [More]

Outspoken Advocate Or Ineffectual Squabbler? Syracuse Mayor’s Style In Question

Written by City & State on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections

To some, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s aggressive leadership style demonstrates her intense dedication to the fiscally struggling city. To others, her demeanor is unnecessarily controversial and combative, alienating potential allies in her quest to revitalize the central New York municipality of more than 145,000 residents.… [More]

Work It Out: New York’s Labor-Management Stalemate

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Labor/Unions

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has questioned the objectivity of arbitration boards that help settle municipal labor contract disputes. (Photo: Filip Wolak) In New York City, every public employee union is working under expired contracts. From firefighters to teachers to police officers, it’s a management-labor impasse the likes of which the city hasn’t seen since the fiscal crisis of the 1970s. According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, this isn’t entirely a bad thing from the city’s perspective. “My successor will enter negotiations… [More]

Cuomo’s Labor Pains

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Labor/Unions

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other elected officials from across the state, signed sweeping pension reform legislation in March 2012 that is projected to save more than $80 billion over the next 30 years. (Courtesy Executive Chamber) Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s relationship with organized labor is best described as complicated. Unlike many statewide Democrats who rely on heavy labor support in elections, Cuomo won his race in 2010 with underwhelming labor support for a politician who fashions… [More]

No Sure Bet: Four Casinos In The Cards—Or Are They?

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Racing/Wagering

On July 30 Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act into law. Should voters approve it by popular referendum in the November general election, four new full-scale casinos would be built, spread out over three parts of the state: the Catskills/ Hudson Valley, the Capital Region/ Saratoga and the Central-Southern Tier. New York City, the suburban counties directly north of the city and Long Island will remain off-limits to casino development for a period of… [More]

Up in the Air: Coalition Pushes for Improvements to Area’s Aging Airports

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation, Uncategorized

Anyone who frequents New York City’s airports is familiar with the delays that plague them, which are consistently ranked among the worst in the nation. And while the causes are myriad, the sheer volume of flights crowding the runways and airways is putting the system’s aging infrastructure to the test. Newark, JFK and LaGuardia handle more passengers combined—109 million in 2012—than any other regional airport system in the country. Last year the number of flights approached the prerecession peak of… [More]