Quinn Kicks Off Mayoral Campaign With Five Borough Tour

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Government Operations, Housing, Latest, News, Social Services

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially announced her campaign for mayor yesterday by touring one neighborhood in each of the five boroughs, an Ed Koch-esque attempt to introduce herself to voters and highlight some of her accomplishments, as well as showcase her outsized personality. Quinn’s campaign was officially announced a couple of hours before the five borough “Walk and Talk” tour began with a five-minute video posted on her campaign website of Quinn sitting in Moonstruck Diner in… [More]

Liu Lays Out Bold Proposals in State of the City Speech

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, Latest, News, Social Services

With an elementary school choir, a dance troupe, and a trio of sibling violinists preceding him on stage this morning at John Jay College, it was a safe assumption that John Liu might be the least exciting person to take the stage on Thursday. Instead, Liu looked nothing like the mayoral candidate who has struggled to emerge from a cloud of suspicion surrounding his fundraising, and every bit like the ascendant and ambitious politician that New Yorkers thought they were… [More]

Stringer and Advocacy Groups Hope Congress Avoids Fiscal Cliff

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Housing, Labor/Unions, News, Real Estate/Construction, Social Services

Elected officials and advocates wasted little time celebrating President Barack Obama’s re-election. That’s because come Jan. 1, Congress could drive the country over the “fiscal cliff” and cut $800 million in federal programs and services. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, along with Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, released a citywide impact report on the fiscal cliff detailing which programs would be cut and by how much. “We would lose, in this country, a billion dollars in cuts to FEMA… [More]

The Holes in the Salary Ceiling

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Government Operations, Health Care, Social Services

It has been a year since Gov. Andrew Cuomo set out to reform nonprofit executive compensation, but nonprofit groups say the most lasting achievement of the administration’s reforms may be industrywide confusion. In mid-May 13 state agencies issued regulations giving guidance on how a $199,000 executive salary cap would work. The cap covers executives at nonprofits that receive at least 30 percent of their funding from the state, and more than $500,000 annually in state funds. But many nonprofit groups… [More]

The Post-Session Scorecard

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Housing, Labor/Unions, News, Public Safety, Racing/Wagering, Social Services

Pols promised much; what did they deliver? At the close of his second legislative session as the state’s executive, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ran down a litany of accomplishments, citing a spirit of bipartisan cooperation between his office and both houses of the Legislature as a lubricant for getting things done. But how many of the legislative leaders’ promises actually came to fruition? Sen. Majority Leader Dean Skelos offered little in the way of concrete plans at the session’s start, and… [More]

What About The Poor?

Written by Adam Lisberg on . Posted in Education, Features, Interviews, News, Social Services

Amid the last-minute dealmaking of a budget cycle, it can be hard to remember that setting spending priorities for New York is about more than just pensions—but David Jones doesn’t forget. The longtime head of the Community Service Society of New York, which advocates to reduce poverty and improve the lives of the poor, Jones tries to remind city and state leaders of the human consequences of budget cuts, and the power they have to change them. We spoke with… [More]

Melissa Russo

Written by Adam Lisberg on . Posted in Profiles, Social Services

Melissa Russo Government Affairs Reporter, NBC New York Broadcast reporting in New York is hard enough, but Melissa Russo makes it harder on herself—by digging into city social-service agencies to find difficult stories about the most vulnerable New Yorkers. “It’s an area that’s not covered enough, and a lot of news organizations shy away from that kind of coverage because they think it’s too difficult. They think it won’t make good television,” Russo said. “You have to make the story… [More]