On Inauguration Day, a New City Government Doubles Down on Progressive Vision

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, News, Other News, Public Safety

A bitterly cold, gray New Year’s Day greeted New York City’s new government leaders on Wednesday afternoon in front of City Hall. The standard political party mix of Bruce Springsteen and various Motown and soul numbers thumped from the sound system, though if there were any dancing it was likely an attempt to keep blood flowing to the extremities. City and state dignitaries and several celebrities were in attendance, glad-handing, smiling through chattering teeth, and waiting patiently for the man… [More]

Long Island, Capital Region Win Most Cash in New Regional Development Awards

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Daily, Economic Development, Latest, News, News & Features

Long Island, the Capital Region, the Mohawk Valley, the Southern Tier and the North Country were the top cash grabbers at Wednesday’s Regional Economic Development Council awards ceremony, while New York City continued its trend of garnering among the lowest amounts of any of the regions. The state gave out $715.9 million in award funds altogether, the lowest total in the program’s three years. The total award amount has declined each year since the $785 million doled out in 2011.… [More]

De Blasio Meets with Assembly Democrats about Pre-K Proposal

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Other News, Transportation

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and a contingent of Assembly Democrats at Silver’s annual holiday luncheon this afternoon. The topic? De Blasio’s signature policy idea: raising taxes on the wealthiest New York City residents to pay for a universal preschool and afterschool program. “It was very warmly received by the Assembly members,” de Blasio said after the meeting. “A lot of energy, a lot of willingness to help us make this a… [More]

Banking on Renewable Energy: Cuomo’s Green Bank

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Economic Development, Energy, Environment, News

Richard Kauffman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top energy official, is heading the new $1 billion green bank. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is opening a new bank—and dollars aren’t the only thing about it that’s green. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority sought approval from the state’s Public Service Commission last month to allocate public funds to start a $1 billion “green bank,” which Cuomo hopes will grow the state’s renewable energy economy into a self-sustaining marketplace. The petition seeks… [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]

At Bloomberg’s CityLab Summit, Mayoral Nominees Offer Few Innovative Ideas

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, News & Features, Technology

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s CityLab summit on “Urban Solutions to Global Challenges” was designed to get city leaders, planners, scholars, architects and artists from all over the world in one room for a symposium on urban ideas. Tuesday’s closing session showcased the two men hoping to replace Bloomberg, Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota, giving the candidates a platform to offer an “innovative” vision for the city. Instead, both de Blasio and Lhota largely hewed closely to the policy ideas and… [More]