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]

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]

Grading the Grid: Exploring Options to Make the Energy Grid More Reliable

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Daily, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Latest, News

Nearly a year ago Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York City and Long Island, causing billions of dollars of damage, shutting down mass transit systems and leaving over 2 million people without power. The natural disaster also raised increasingly pressing questions about the resiliency of the state’s energy infrastructure—which is already saddled with problems such as bottlenecks along its transmission grid and aging power plants. Michael Delaney, a top energy policy adviser in the Bloomberg administration, said that New York… [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]

Environmentalists Embace Katz and Her New Green Plan For Queens

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Environment, Features, Heard Around Town

Queens borough president candidate Melinda Katz will announce her “Plan for a Green Queens” today, hoping to leverage the limited powers of the BP’s office to help improve environmental quality in Queens. Katz’s plan, which helped win her the support of the New York City League of Conservation Voters, which will endorse her today, includes weatherizing government buildings with energy-efficient upgrades and using the borough president’s role in the uniform land use review process to increase park space. Katz also wants to expand… [More]