Posts Tagged ‘Dean Fuleihan’

De Blasio’s Budget: Progressive or Aggressive?

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Housing, Labor/Unions, News

What does a “progressive” city budget look like? During his preliminary budget presentation last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio attached his favorite buzzword to a supposedly apolitical document. Through the explicit and implicit priorities laid out in his financial plan, the mayor—who mere months ago dubbed himself a “fiscal conservative”—threw caution to the wind, etching his major policy items into the budget with or without the necessary cooperation from Albany, and despite the element of unpredictability stemming  from the city’s… [More]

Council Members Hail Promised End to “Budget Dance”

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in News

During his first preliminary budget announcement at City Hall on Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to put an end to the annual “budget dance.” The process had been a staple at City Hall for the last several years: former Mayor Michael Bloomberg would propose budget cuts, advocates would rally on the steps of City Hall, and soon enough the New York City Council would direct a chunk of its discretionary money to restore the funds. The restorations, however, were… [More]

Scorecard: New York Manufacturing

Written by City & State on . Posted in Economic Development, Energy, Government Operations, Labor/Unions, Spotlight, Technology

THE ISSUES Energy costs Energy policy and prices have a disproportionate effect on the manufacturing industry’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. New York has long had some of the highest energy costs in the country. Some industrial electricity prices are 32 percent higher than the national average. Policy initiatives like Recharge New York, which allows manufacturers and business owners to apply for low-cost energy allocations from the government, are expected to help, but some advocates say the government… [More]