City Council Hopefuls Racing to the Finish on Staten Island

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Economic Development, Latest, News

Taking a break from touring Staten Island polling locations, I stopped by Staten Island Technical High School in New Dorp, a neighborhood on the west side of the borough, where Republican City Council candidate Steve Matteo was greeting voters along with fellow Republican, Assemblyman Joe Borelli. Matteo is running against attorney Lisa Giovinazzo in the Republican primary for term-limited Councilman Jimmy Oddo’s seat, one of the few generally solid GOP seats in the City Council. Matteo served for the past… [More]

Inside the Capitol: The Governor’s Next Adirondack Challenge

Written by Susan Arbetter on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Environment, Features, Opinion, Technology

The natural beauty of the Adirondack Park is one of the region’s assets. (Photos: Susan Arbetter) It was Monday. Vacation was over. After pancakes with maple syrup at Chrissy’s Diner in Indian Lake, I walked outside to wait for my husband to unlock the car. We were headed south to Albany. I was depressed. An older man with a cell phone to his ear was standing by the door of the restaurant. He said, “I can tell you’re not from… [More]

Celebrity Deputies

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Economic Development, Education, Environment, Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation

If we were making a movie about the next mayor’s administration, here’s who we would cast: Mayor Press Secretary Police Commissioner Alec Baldwin. He already thinks he’s your mayor anyway—and admit it, you secretly want him in City Hall. Allison Janney. If she could handle Aaron Sorkin she can handle David Seifman. Tom Selleck. This Blue Blood can stop and frisk us any day he wants. Senior Advisor First Deputy Mayor Economic Development Corporation President Bradley Whitford. We can’t do… [More]

All Aboard? LI Lawmakers Worry as MTA Eyes New Bronx Commuter Rail Stations

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, News, Transportation

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to bring Metro-North trains to Penn Station in 2019, linking Connecticut, Westchester and four new above-ground stations in the East Bronx with Manhattan’s west side, has been gaining momentum over the past year. Informational sessions were held in the Bronx last fall, and the results of an environmental impact study are due later this year. The idea is a complement to the MTA’s East Side Access project, which will bring the Long Island Rail Road… [More]

The Tourism Boom!

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Labor/Unions, Uncategorized

Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game earlier this month. (Source: The Mayor’s Office) New York City’s booming tourism sector has been a tale of remarkable success, from the more than 363,000 tourism jobs in the city to a record-breaking 52 million visitors and $3.3 billion in city tax revenue last year. But while the influx of tourists has boosted the local economy and bolstered New York City’s recovery, some public officials and industry players say… [More]

Heading Upstate: Driving Tourists Beyond New York City’s Borders

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Racing/Wagering, Uncategorized

A record 52 million tourists visited New York City last year, the latest milestone in a trend that was built on an aggressive promotion of the city’s global brand, especially in emerging markets like Brazil, India and China. Now Gov. Andrew Cuomo is encouraging these international visitors to check out upstate and Long Island too—even if his bid to build several “destination” casino resorts falls through. The governor announced $60 million in funding to promote tourism this year, including $30… [More]

Scorecard: Hospitality & Tourism

Written by City & State on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Environment, Racing/Wagering

The Players The State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has increasingly made tourism a priority of his administration, pitching expanded casino gambling to help the upstate economy, holding summits for the state’s yogurt, beer and wine industries and, earlier this year, setting aside more funding to attract visitors to the state. In March Gavin Landry joined Empire State Development as executive director of its tourism division, which oversees the “I Love New York” marketing campaign. Landry also coordinates with the governor’s Tourism… [More]

The Roundtable: Hospitality & Tourism

Written by City & State on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Uncategorized

Cristyne Nicholas Chair, New York State Tourism Advisory Council Q: What are your top goals as chair of the state’s Tourism Advisory Council? CN: To get New York State tourism properly recognized—which this governor is not only doing, but he’s putting a big spotlight on tourism. And then the funding was key. I’ve been involved in tourism agencies throughout the years, and we always thought that the benchmark funding to operate “I Love New York” properly should be about $30… [More]

Casino Crunch: Could Upstate Casinos Live Up to the Hype?

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Economic Development, Racing/Wagering

The state Legislature approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial gambit to place nontribal gambling casinos in select upstate regions last month—but it remains an open question whether an expansion would live up to the governor’s vision of “destination resorts” that will dramatically boost the upstate economy. And while Cuomo has tirelessly promoted the plan as a way to create jobs and boost tourism upstate, the final say lies with the voters, who will decide whether to allow the proposal in a… [More]