As Cuomo Sits Passively, Republicans Take Over New York State Senate Despite Losing Election

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 10:00 am

In an unusual power-sharing agreement that ought to be remembered should Andrew Cuomo ever try to run for President, Republicans and a group of “independent Democrats” will share control of the New York State Senate, despite Democrats running on the Democratic ballot line winning as many as 33 of the 63 seats in the chamber. [...]

As New York Officials Deliver Damage Estimates, Prospects for Supplemental Funding Remote

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 9:15 am

It’s easy to forget, amid the non-stop talk about long-term deficits, that the East Coast remains fairly ruined from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – who’s going to win re-election next year by saying he’s the only man in the state equipped to handle the reconstruction efforts – already released [...]

Cuomo Seeks $30 Billion for Sandy Relief

By: Monday November 12, 2012 7:45 am

Chris Christie thought it a proud moment to claim, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, that all power would be restored in the state of New Jersey. The public suffering most from the effects of the storm has not been amused by the boasts and exhortations of politicians. Meanwhile, residents in Long Island who have been [...]

Regions of New York City Face Challenges as Post-Sandy Cold Front Moves In

By: Monday November 5, 2012 8:30 am

I think Rudy Giuliani is just being a good partisan by claiming that the federal response to Superstorm Sandy has been worse than Katrina. But has the media run with a narrative of competence and professional response while residents in Staten Island and Rockaway Beach, for example, yell for help? I think that’s beyond question. And the anger is growing in these areas.

Schneiderman’s Office Seeing Staff Exodus

By: Monday October 8, 2012 12:58 pm

Ken Lovett passes on some gossip about a quickened pace of departures in Eric Schneiderman’s AG shop: The latest set to leave is press officer Michelle Duffy, who is going to work for Cuomo. She follows press shop alumni Danny Kanner and Dani Lever, who both left to join the Obama campaign, Jennifer Givner, who [...]

Schneiderman Sues JPMorgan Chase; Lawsuit Mirrors Old Cases

By: Monday October 1, 2012 11:47 pm

Late yesterday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit made up of years-old evidence against JPMorgan Chase, over deceptive practices related to the sale of $87 billion in Bear Stearns mortgage-backed securities at the height of the housing bubble. The lawsuit is closely modeled after one brought against the same defendants by the [...]

Andrew Cuomo Pressured Into Delaying Approval on Fracking

By: Monday October 1, 2012 9:45 am

Here’s a story about the power of independent, outside movements to advance policy arguments. The story about fracking in New York was that it would simply happen, without much resistance from the state government. The special interests were too powerful, there was too much money at stake. In fact, nationally, the fracking boom is key [...]

Cuomo Calls for Decriminalization of Public Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 2:17 pm

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for the decriminalization of public possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana. In a state with fairly harsh Rockefeller-era drug laws, this would be a modest change. Saying the aim was to avoid unnecessary misdemeanor charges against thousands of New Yorkers — “disproportionately black and Hispanic youth,” [...]

Eric Schneiderman Unknown to His Constituents Despite High-Profile, Powerful Position

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 9:38 am

At the heart of the controversy over the RMBS working group, the task force inside the Justice Department’s Financial Fraud unit looking into securitization abuses by big banks during the housing bubble, is co-chair Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York. His office has been silent about the task force, even as progressive groups [...]

Fight Over Fracking in New York State Among Top Issues for 2012

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 11:01 am

I’m saving my “What to Look for in 2012″ listicle for tomorrow, but one of the issues that may not make the list, but which is terribly important, is the battle in the states over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 2011 was the year when this issue finally bubbled up to the surface (pardon the pun) [...]

Cuomo Reaches Deal to Raise Taxes on Rich, Responding to Demands of 99%

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 2:15 pm

In addition to the maneuvers aimed at raising taxes on the rich in California, in New York, where the process to raise said taxes isn’t as byzantine, state leaders have agreed in principle on a deal to increase taxes on the wealthy. And this is a reversal from a vow by Andrew Cuomo from earlier [...]

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