Tag: New York State

Editorial Observer: Democrats in Albany Let the Good Times Roll

Democrats in Albany had something altogether new and unfamiliar to warm them in bitter chill that marks the start of the legislative season: power. In November, the party won real control of the State Senate for the first time in more than a half-century. This week, Democratic senators — along with […]

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Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Senator, Joins Democratic Race for President

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, an outspoken advocate for women’s causes and electing more women to office, is entering the 2020 race for the White House herself, becoming the latest candidate to join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary to take on President Trump. In an appearance Tuesday on […]

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How to Make New York as Progressive on Criminal Justice as Texas

In New York, prosecutors operate within a draconian system that gives them free rein to leave defendants in the dark about their cases for months or even years. In cases big and small, state law authorizes prosecutors to withhold key evidence from defense attorneys and their clients until the eve […]

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With New Voting Laws, Democrats Flex Newfound Power in New York

ALBANY — After years of lagging behind other states, New York was set to radically overhaul its system of voting and elections on Monday, taking up several bills that would allow early voting, preregistration of minors, voting by mail and sharp limits on the influence of money. The bills, which […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the super rich at 70 percent, to produce all of America’s power […]

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Gillibrand Hires New Aide, Signaling Presidential Run Is Imminent

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has hired a communications director for an expected presidential campaign, a sign that she is all but certain to join the race against President Trump and that her entry may be imminent. Ms. Gillibrand has recruited Meredith Kelly, formerly the top spokeswoman at the […]

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Early Voting and Other Election Reforms Coming to New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — For years, the ways in which voters in New York have been stymied by the state’s antiquated voting laws have stood in stark contrast to the state’s liberal reputation. During last year’s […]

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At Inauguration, Cuomo Rallies State Against Trump

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York on Tuesday cast himself and the state that he leads as progressive beacons and a bulwark against President Trump, taking the oath of office while standing on […]

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A Long-Awaited Ban on Foam, and Other New Laws in New York in 2019

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A note to New Yorkers waking up in a stupor on New Year’s Day: Foam food containers are so last year. New York City’s ban on the single-use plastic clamshells that have long been […]

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Albany: Put New York’s Needs Before Your Own

After winning a $50,000 raise and becoming the highest-paid state legislators in the country, lawmakers in New York, one might think, would turn their focus to the people’s work. Instead, the Assembly speaker, Carl Heastie, whined this week that the pay increase didn’t keep up with the increase in the […]

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Trump Foundation to Close After Lawsuit by New York Attorney General

The Donald J. Trump Foundation has agreed to close following a court decision that allowed a lawsuit against the foundation to move forward, the New York attorney general’s office announced Tuesday. The attorney general, Barbara Underwood, accused the foundation of “a shocking pattern of illegality” that was “willful and repeated” […]

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As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price

They were collateral damage as Donald J. Trump and his siblings dodged inheritance taxes and gained control of their father’s fortune: thousands of renters in an empire of unassuming red-brick buildings scattered across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Those buildings have been home to generations of strivers, municipal workers and […]

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New York City Can Protect Tenants Now

Across New York City, landlords in fast-gentrifying neighborhoods, eager to bring in higher-paying renters, have driven out tenants by harassing them with dangerous and annoying renovations. Renters, tenant advocates, city officials and The Times have all documented the forced exodus of tenants from rent-stabilized apartments. That helps landlords glide through […]

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Don’t Weasel Out of Ethics Reforms, Albany

Give one group of New York officials a pat on the back, and another inevitably slaps you in the face. It was good news that a special pay committee recommended that state legislators not only get a substantial raise to recognize that their positions are full time jobs but that […]

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Amazon Hires Lobbyists for N.Y. Site and Tries to Fend Off Ocasio-Cortez

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Amazon is trying to quell rising opposition to its plan for offices in New York, hiring well-connected lobbyists to make its case in the corridors of power even as it mounts a block-by-block neighborhood […]

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Mastermind of Cuomo’s Economic Development Efforts Is Sentenced to Prison

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Alain E. Kaloyeros, the central architect of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s largest economic development efforts, was sentenced on Tuesday to three and a half years in prison for his role in a bid-rigging scandal […]

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The Presidency or Prison

Donald Trump — or, as he’s known to federal prosecutors, Individual-1 — might well be a criminal. That’s no longer just my opinion, or that of Democratic activists. It is the finding of Trump’s own Justice Department. On Friday, federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York filed a […]

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Albany Lawmakers May Get Their First Raise in 20 Years. Do They Deserve One?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Considering Albany’s rotten reputation, the idea of giving New York’s 213 elected lawmakers a raise is a tough sell. On Thursday, they took a giant step toward that goal when a four-person commission recommended […]

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A Good Call by Albany’s Pay Committee

When it comes to Albany, every labored step out of the ethical muck is something to celebrate. For this reason, it was a relief on Thursday that a committee set up to determine lawmakers’ pay enacted reforms limiting outside income and eliminating most committee stipends, known as “lulus,” alongside a […]

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No Albany Pay Raise Without Limits on Outside Income

While the $79,500 salary for members of the New York State Assembly and Senate is among the highest for legislators anywhere in the country, it is comparatively low for top talent in a costly state, especially in New York City and its suburbs. Some lawmakers seek additional income from outside […]

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