Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has decided to withdraw from the New York City mayoral race, saying that he does not plan to seek any public office once his term as borough president runs out in 2021.
New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. resigned nearly two years before the end of his term to take a job as the head of the Freelancers Union, calling himself and other City Council members, “lame ducks.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has amended its marijuana legalization proposals to include new efforts pertaining to regulating the drug market, the taxation of suppliers and how to prod illicit marijuana suppliers to join a legalized system.
Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld said his Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump is a moral question for the party, but the top GOP official in New York doubts he’ll even make the April 28 primary ballot.
Roughly 67% of New Yorkers support a wide range of tax increases, including an ultramillionaires tax, a wealth tax and a tax on second homes, according to a poll conducted by the left-leaning Data for Progress.
The LGBT Network, Long Island’s largest LGBT nonprofit, is being scrutinized by the state Department of Health and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office over the way it handles the millions of taxpayer dollars it receives each year.
New York City’s political leaders are locked in a standoff over how to solve our affordable housing shortage, but there’s one irrefutable fact: the only way out of the crisis, so long as the city remains a place people want to live, is to build more housing.
Last year’s rent regulation “reforms” are already making life harder for everyday New Yorkers: landlords are slashing what they’re spending on apartment renovations, and even taking units off the market because they can’t afford to do the necessary work.
President Donald Trump told his national security adviser John Bolton in August that he wanted to continue freezing security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats, according to an unpublished manuscript by Bolton.
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.