2013 Legislative Preview

Written by City & State on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Environment, Health Care, Housing, Labor/Unions, Public Safety, Racing/Wagering, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 legislative agenda was already poised to be an ambitious one, with education reform, economic development and creating a state campaign finance system among the governor’s crowded list of policy goals. Then came Superstorm Sandy, which pummeled New York City, and the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Webster, N.Y., crises that immediately shifted the state’s priorities and added a whole new set of challenges to be overcome. “The agenda that we laid out today is clearly… [More]

Critics Charge Cuomo With Rushing Gun Bill to Beat Obama

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Blog, Features, Heard Around Town, News, Public Safety

For six hours on Tuesday, Assembly members discussed the merits of a package of gun control bills that would outlaw military-style weapons, require background checks to buy bullets, restrict ammunition magazines and seek additional registration of automatic weapons. The Assembly was expected to pass the bill, and ultimately more than two-thirds of the body supported it, but some members grumbled that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sought to ram the bill through the Legislature before the White House could make an announcement about gun… [More]

New Rep. Meng Pushing Gun Background Checks

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Daily, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Public Safety

Rep. Grace Meng is adjusting nicely to Washington D.C. during her first week on the job. “It’s very exciting, very chaotic,” she said. “It’s so easy to get caught up in the glamour. There are so many opportunities to meet famous people in D.C., but my No. 1 job is to know the needs of my district.” Meng has already found an apartment within walking distance from her office, met likely Secretary of State John Kerry, and is crafting a bill that would require… [More]

Activists Plan Anti-Fracking Rally At Cuomo Fundraiser

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Environment, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Public Safety

In the wake of a recently obtained draft assessment on hydraulic fracturing, anti-fracking activists plan to rally outside of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s birthday fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan on Monday night. The report concluded that there would be minimal health risks associated with fracking as long as drilling companies adhered to proposed state guidelines and regulations, but critics maintain that a more comprehensive health study is needed. Although it remains to be seen whether Cuomo will address fracking… [More]

De Blasio Calls On City To Repair Mold Damage In Rockaways

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Health Care, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Public Safety

After a report released by New York Communities for Change showed that a large number of Rockaway residents still have mold or paid out-of-pocket for remediation owing to Hurricane Sandy, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio outlined a plan on Wednesday that would address the public health issue and shift the financial burden to the federal government. De Blasio, who announced his plan on the steps of City Hall, also criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg for prematurely championing the successes of the… [More]

De Blasio: “Premature” To Discuss Next Police Commissioner

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Public Safety

In response to a report that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn cut a deal with Ray Kelly to keep him on as police commissioner should she be elected as mayor, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said today that it was “premature” to talk about who the next commissioner would be. De Blasio, who is likely to face Quinn in the Democratic mayoral primary later this year, blamed the Bloomberg administration, rather than Quinn, for trying to exert influence on the… [More]

Activists Plan Stop-And-Frisk March On Sunday

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Public Safety

The New York Police Department is reveling in the news released this week that homicides recorded in the city are at an all-time low, and have dropped 19 percent since the previous year. Supporters of the NYPD are pointing to these numbers as evidence that stop-and-frisk policing is working to prevent violent crime. Count activist Louis Flores as someone who is not buying what the NYPD is selling, as he is one of the main drivers behind a planned march… [More]

Joe Lhota Would Make a Great Mayor of New York City

Written by John Avlon on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Latest, Opinion, Public Safety, Transportation, Uncategorized

Joe Lhota combines the exuberance of Fiorello La Guardia with the relentlessness of Rudy Giuliani and the practicality of Mike Bloomberg. But he would enter office with something none them did – a detailed understanding of how city government really works. Uniquely among all the prospective 2013 candidates, Joe would come to City Hall ready to lead as chief executive on issues ranging from the budget to public safety. A former New York City deputy mayor for operations, finance commissioner,… [More]