Queens residents are heading to the polls in a Democratic district attorney primary likely to determine its first new top prosecutor in nearly three decades and potentially shift the borough’s approach to criminal justice markedly to the left.
Alphonso David, counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is stepping down from his high-ranking post in the executive chamber to become the new head of the LGBTQ group Human Rights Campaign, making him the first person of color to lead the organization.
A coalition of tenants in New York City were handed a win by the state Court of Appeals when it ruled that a section of state law that previously ended rent stabilization at a certain rent or income threshold didn’t apply to their apartments.
Robert Freeman, the longtime head of a state committee that fought for government transparency, was fired amid an investigation that found he behaved in a “sexually inappropriate manner” toward a female reporter.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will propose systemwide fare and toll increases as well as unprecedented new tolls on taxi and Uber drivers who want to service New York and New Jersey’s three major airports.
Facebook is negotiating to take 1 million square feet or more in Hudson Yards in a deal that would firmly establish New York City’s fast-growing technology sector in the emerging West Side neighborhood.
Bike messenger Robyn Hightman was struck and killed by a truck driver in the Flatiron District on Monday morning, but on Tuesday morning, the NYPD was half a block from where Hightman was fatally hit, ticketing cyclists.
The New York City Board of Elections opted to banish the subway-themed “I Voted” sticker, which has been given out at polling sites since it was chosen through a public competition run by the city Campaign Finance Board in 2017.
A newly released memo showed that officials at the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission were warned of a looming yellow cab medallion crisis years before swaths of drivers began losing their livelihoods.
The MTA is calling on top leaders of contractor Kawasaki Rail Cars Inc. to appear before the board next month and answer for the ongoing delays in the manufacturing of the Long Island Rail Road’s next fleet of train cars.
New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications officials claimed in a new report “that they were not aware” of an anticipated GPS rollover before it occurred that caused the city’s wireless network to crash.
Herminia Palacio, the New York City deputy mayor for health and human services, announced that she will leave her post next month to take a position at a leading research and policy think tank focused on sexual and reproductive rights.
Incoming New York City Housing Authority Chairman Gregory Russ’ signature strategy has set off alarm bells among tenants in Minneapolis, where he now works, and in New York as a cover story for a secret plan to privatize public housing.
The redesigned modernization of the L train’s East River tunnel is a month ahead of schedule, and the whole project may be finished by April 2020 with all the major demolition work completed by the end of this month.
Corcoran Group, one of New York City’s biggest real estate brokerages, seems worried that a “far-left” Queens district attorney could put a dent in its bottom line, with its CEO sending a memo to employees warning about candidate Tiffany Cabán.
Westchester County officials asked the state for permission to install up to 50 red-light cameras on county-owned roads, but the state Legislature’s session ended last week with the measure stalled for the second year in a row.
Albany, of all places, has provided a glimpse of what can happen when politicians believe that they owe the voters rather than the donors after Democrats won full control of the state Legislature by making some big promises that they largely kept.
In many ways, Democratic state lawmakers did not squander their opportunity this session, and while there is still plenty the Legislature could and should do, like fixing laws that govern the limousine business, it’s worth noting what they did get done.
The compromise farm labor bill passed by the state Legislature last week leaves many farm owners unhappy, but they can console themselves with the fact that it could have been a lot harder to swallow if not for some adjustments made by lawmakers before passage.
Get out, go to the polls and cast a ballot for Gregory Lasak, who is far and away the best equipped to keep driving crime down as Queens district attorney, implementing intelligent reforms and running a complex, 600-person law office.
The case of an eagle’s nest found at the potential sight of a wind farm demonstrates the challenges facing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s clean energy goals, namely in siting and building the necessary infrastructure by 2030 to generate 70% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources.
A dispute about the kind and amount of affordable housing at a New York City-owned site reflects deeper concerns about the way housing policies impact different racial groups and the lack of attention during the planning process to those effects.
Among New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top stated priorities in Albany, he saw movement on stronger rent regulations, mayoral control of city schools, congestion pricing, election reform, design-build authority, criminal justice reform and more.
One Orthodox Jewish mother in Brooklyn began having doubts about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, a kernel that burgeoned into an anti-vaccine campaign of misinformation among some Orthodox parents and contributed to the recent measles outbreak.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s acting commissioner, John Sanders, will step down in early July, a development that comes as the agency faces continuing public fury over the treatment of detained migrant children.
Stephanie Grisham, a top aide to first lady Melania Trump, will be the next White House press secretary, replacing Sarah Huckabee Sanders and taking on an elevated role as President Donald Trump’s communications director.
Hundreds of migrant children have been transferred out of a filthy Border Patrol station in Texas where they had been held for weeks without soap, clean clothes or adequate food, suggesting that the worsening conditions may have reached a breaking point.
Research Director, Empire Center for Public Policy
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As founder and research director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, E.J. McMahon is a go-to expert on budget plans and policy proposals. His organization promotes greater transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility in state government, which often puts him at odds with lawmakers and the governor. McMahon previously worked as a journalist in Albany, as an Assembly Republican staffer and a budget adviser for almost 30 years, giving him great insight into the goings-on in the Capitol.