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]

Revealed: The Unnamed Focus of Moreland Commissioner’s Questioning

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Government Operations, News

One of the more intriguing parts of the Moreland Commission’s interrogation of New York State Board of Elections officials on Monday revolved around the Board’s policy of refusing to accept any complaints submitted anonymously, regardless of their apparent credibility. In questioning the Board’s policy, Commissioner Daniel J. Castleman raised an instance in which the Board had received an anonymous complaint alleging that a candidate for office, who was also a staffer in the Legislature, had received $32,536 from a party account… [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]

Setting the Agenda: Good Government

Written by Stephen Witt on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Government Operations, Trials/Hearings

The New York State Capitol in Albany. (Photo: Looks Eeseen) The opinions of lawmakers and government watchdog groups regarding good-governance reforms in Albany’s recently completed 2013 legislative session have a lot in common with the perception of beauty: They are all in the eye of the beholder. While several measures aimed at cleaning up government were proposed and debated separately in both cham-bers of the statehouse, none came close to becoming law. However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has convened a Moreland… [More]

Has Anything Changed? A Year After Sandy, Are We Ready for the Next Big Storm?

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Energy, Environment, Government Operations, Public Safety, Technology, Transportation

In June Mayor Bloomberg’s office released a $19.5 billion plan with over 250 recommendations for preparing the city in the face of climate change and severe storms. The proposals included building a giant levee to protect Lower Manhattan, creating wetlands along the East River and erecting floodgates along Staten Island. But measures like these would take years to implement. So with hurricane season again upon us, how is New York better equipped to handle the next natural disaster that could… [More]