With NY Still Trailing On Taxes, Biz Groups See More Work Needed From the Morning Memo: The Tax Foundation once again ranked New York among the states with the worst tax climate in the nation — something that doesn’t surprise … Continue reading →
On Sunday, Americans Will Be Free The nationwide average for paying off your total tax bill comes April 23. (and in NY which is among the 3 worst states in the Country, you are still economically enslaved until May 11th!) … Continue reading →
h 18, 2017 NYDN: Another Press Release Law by a NYC Democrat Add Assemblywoman Deborah Glick to the list of NY lawmakers with dumb ideas. Ms. Glick wasted the time of the bill drafting office to propose mandatory voting enforced … Continue reading →
To: “Red” New York County Executives, Administrators, and County Legislators; Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino; Senator Cathy Young; Assemblyman Andy Goodell; Governor Cuomo; Congressman Tom Reed From: Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots Date: January 16, 2017 Re: Operation Push Back: … Continue reading →
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325 FROM: New York State Republican Committee 315 State St, Albany , NY 12210 – (518) 462-2601 – nygop.org COX: CUOMO, DE BLASIO POLITICAL MANEUVERS PUTTING NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK Destruction of IDNYC … Continue reading →
Alexander’s Column Gratitude and Thanksgiving "I do recommend and assign Thursday … next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good … Continue reading →
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the name of Islamic Terrorism on the United States that left nearly 3,000 people dead! US Remembers Victims 15 Years After 9/11 Attacks On 9/11, 102 Minutes That Changed America … Continue reading →
Cuomo Administration Claims SAFE Act Would Have Stopped Orlando Attack, Quickly Proven Wrong Cuomo administration officials have been bragging that NY’s SAFE Act, would have prevented the terrorist attack in Orlando. New reports indicate otherwise. menrec – Rusty — June … Continue reading →
Yikes! Gov. Cuomo just socked New York businesses yet again By Megan McArdle April 9, 2016 | 5:01am Andrew Cuomo Photo: AP New York state has always been a very expensive place to do business. Soon, it’ll be more expensive … Continue reading →
Minimum Wage Reality Check Releases New Ad Unshackle Upstate By: Greg Biryla Posted: Mar 14 2016 Last week, the Minimum Wage Reality Check coalition released a new 30-second ad, which can be viewed here. It details the negative impacts that … Continue reading →
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law on Friday a Buy American procurement program that will require the use of American-made structural iron and steel for all state surface road and bridge projects worth more than $1 million. The program, which would apply for contracts after April 1, will require certain state agencies to use steel
Don’t miss this week’s episode of “New York NOW,” the award-winning co-production of WMHT and the Times Union. Highlights include: A sampling of the week’s headlines, including the annual Regional Economic Development Council awards ceremony, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial meeting with the media and the Stephanie Miner-John DeFrancisco panel discussion. […]
The Empire State Plaza is getting a fitness center — again. State Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito let that news slip during a hearing with state Budget and legislative officials on Thursday, though details are scant so far. “I guess it’s the best kept secret, but we are returning a fitness center,” she
We’ve all seen this scenario: Driving along an interstate highway construction zone there’s a police cruiser nearby. The officer may be watching for speeders as well as keeping an overall eye on things. But some of those patrol cars may not actually contain any officers, since highway construction companies have been known to purchase used
Note: This story by Amanda Fries appeared in Friday’s edition of the Times Union. Eager to pay taxes? Sounds like a contradiction in terms, but some New Yorkers actually want to pay next year’s property taxes early. That’s because they’re worried that if they don’t pay early — before Jan. 1 — they’ll miss the
Good morning! Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City again today. We’ve made it to another Friday, and with a busy, busy weekend on the horizon (including the always eye-opening Santa Speedo Sprint), let’s go right to the headlines: In a 3-2 party-line vote, the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality rules on Thursday,
In this season of frenzied liberal assault on the incumbent president and the almost uniform view of the long-standing bipartisan political elite of the United States that President Trump is a maniac, any falsehood about him or act of obstruction is justified in damaging his presidency, impairing his ability to govern, and bringing forward the swiftest possi […]
Now that President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, what will the State Department do? It resents Israel and has been fighting the Jewish state for years. Is it ready to comply? Don't bet on it. That's my advice.
The first thing we did when Judge Roy Moore went down to defeat in Alabama was go up on the Internet and re-read George Washington's farewell address. That is the parchment in which Washington stressed the importance of religion in our political life. "Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, […]
Republicans are supposed to be the party that cuts the job-killing capital gains tax, not raises it. But because of a quirk in the Senate-passed bill, the tax on capital gains may go up and for some types of long-held assets, fairly substantially.Most members of Congress don't even know of this stealth capital-gains hike.Here's the story. At the st […]
The grass at West Point has borne the weight of visitors beyond count. Annual markers graduation in spring, home football games in autumn, Veterans Day in November spike the tally. Sightseers from across the nation and around the world show up daily.Once a year my own graduate students make the two-hour bus journey from our Times Square campus to the militar […]
As we begin what might be called the Jerusalem Era in American foreign policy, we find ourselves missing Daniel Patrick Moynihan. It was the magnificent senator of New York who began agitating for our recognition of Jerusalem and against the State Department's intransigence on this head. How nice it would have been were he have survived to savor this mo […]
Republicans have finished writing the final version of their tax bill, clearing the way for a floor vote that leaders say they are optimistic will pass – and at least one key Senate vote – Marco Rubio, of Florida – has gone from “no” to “yes.” Long Island is No. 1 on a list of…
Two Republicans in the state Senate on Friday announced proposals aimed at strengthening the state’s sexual harassment laws that would include banning confidential settlements, enshrining the definition of sexual harassment in law and expanding protections for independent contractors. The measures were announced by Sens. Cathy Young and Elaine Phillips and c […]
Most of us use some form of social media these days, and elected officials are no exception. It’s actually a great way for them to communicate with supporters and even engage communities in a healthy debate on particular issues. But like every form of communication, it can take a nasty turn. Democratic Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou…
The 60th birthday bash for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday at Cipriani in New York City was a star-studded affair, with celebrities from the entertainment world and bold-faced names for politics and labor there to fete him. And, to top it off, the gear head governor was presented with a cake in the shape of…
When reporters asked U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, earlier this year about running for president, she said she was “ruling it out.” Her answer was less definitive Friday, when in Western New York she was faced with a question about whether she was reconsidering. Instead, Gillibrand employed a tactic often used by the governor, also considered… […]
Two state lawmakers on Friday pushed Gov. Andrew Cuomo to expand the Enhanced Tuition Award to students who attend proprietary, or for-profit, colleges in the state. Sen. Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Victor Pichardo with the Association of Proprietary Colleges backed the expansion, which would give access to the grant to 40,000 students earning degrees at…
Democratic state Senate candidate Ross Barkan in a fundraising email blasted Republican incumbent Marty Golden after The Daily News reported the lawmaker in 2005 was the driver in a crash the led to a woman in a coma that resulted in a large settlement to her family. Golden had later paid the woman’s estate $750,000…
From the Morning Memo: Having legislators return to Albany for a special session is already a rare occurrence and the window for one to happen this year is quickly closing. State Senator Pat Gallivan, R-Elma, is still holding out some hope his colleagues will return to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would’ve…
From the Morning Memo: The Rochester-based business group Unshackle Upstate’s 2018 agenda urges state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hold the line on tax increases and reduce regulations in the new year. The group’s agenda comes amid what is expected to be a challenging budget year for Albany that includes a $4.6 billion budget…
Good morning and TGIF! Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with nothing public planned. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is making several media-related appearances and attend a holiday party for 1199 SEIU. Your schedule: At 10 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will announce new jobs at Strategic Financial, 115 Lawrence Bell…
Governor Cuomo has announced that local law enforcement will be joining New York State Police in a national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season. The campaign starts today and runs through the end of the month. It also includes a special enforcement over the New Year's holiday. Trooper Mark O'Donnell from the […]
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that state-funded debt is projected to grow to $63.7 billion within months. That works out to more than $3,100 per person in New York, or three times the median for all states. The comptroller used his latest report on state debt to renew his call for reforms that include voter approval of borrowi […]
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general says he'll lead a multi-state lawsuit to stop the rollback of "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. Democrat Eric Schneiderman released a statement announcing the lawsuit after the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to scrap the Obama-era regulati […]
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to take away all firearms from New Yorkers who are convicted of domestic violence crimes. The Democrat announced the plan Wednesday as the first of the proposals he'll unveil next month during his State of the State address that opens the 2018 legislative session. Under Cuomo's proposal, all guns wo […]
The City of Rochester’s top government attorney is retiring. Corporation Counsel Brian Curran will retire at the end of the year. Mayor Lovely Warren appointed Curran to the job in 2015 and she says Curran will be “sorely missed at City Hall, “ saying that while she is happy he will enjoy a well-deserved retirement, she will miss his service and says she alw […]
The Monroe County Legislature approved the 2018 budget Tuesday night by a vote of 26 to 3. The budget totals nearly $1.2 billion, which Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says holds spending growth to 1.3%, below the rate of inflation which is 2.2%. Dinolfo also says it keeps the property tax rate flat and funds economic development initiative and qualit […]
NORWALK, WIS. — Not long ago, a local farmer here plunged into a depression so intense that he could barely muster the strength to leave his bed. The 40-something father of eight went dark for weeks, despite the enormous amount of daily work needed to keep his family farm going. “If you are running a...
I’ve hated “Saturday Night Fever” since the first time I saw it in 1977. It’s the only Hollywood movie that offends me as an Italian-American. Sure, it’s “iconic” — but that debased term is now used for every pizza joint that closed because of a rent hike. I admit that I love the pulse-pounding opening...
First there was Harvey Weinstein, whose appalling behavior toward women was so amply documented by The New York Times and The New Yorker. The dominoes began to fall. And soon they reached into my own industry. It wasn’t just Bill O’Reilly. Now the cascading accusations were reaching deep into the heart of the mainstream media....
‘Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is pretty good,” legendary reporter Carl Bernstein recently claimed. Pretty good? If there’s a major news story over the past 70 years that the American media have botched more often because of bias and wishful thinking, I’d love to hear about it....
The jurors who acquitted Philip Brailsford of second-degree murder last week were told to judge him based on “how a reasonable officer would act, versus a regular person with no police training,” as The Arizona Republic put it. That distinction was crucial, because a “regular person” would never get away with shooting an unarmed man...
It’s full-steam ahead for yet another big-ticket MTA project for Long Islanders — even as the agency can’t find urgently needed funds for the city’s subways. On Wednesday, the MTA board OK’d a $1.8 billion contract for a third track for the LIRR’s Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville. That will widen a bottleneck...
Within a day of our faulting him for not having held a full press conference in weeks, Gov. Cuomo faced reporters Wednesday. Nor was that his only step toward greater transparency this week: He also OK’d legislation that boosts public access to official documents and improves Albany’s ethical climate. Cuomo did get a bit testy...
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley just called out Iran for being a “threat to the peace and security of the entire world.” As extra, “undeniable” evidence, she pointed to a display of Iranian-made ballistic-missile parts — proof that Iran is supplying weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen. The exhibition included charts and photographs, supplied by Saudi...
Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone on Friday beat a defamation case by a political rival who claimed the self-described “Dirty Trickster” falsely portrayed him as a child molester. Five of six Manhattan Supreme Court jurors found that former New York gubernatorial candidate Warren Redlich “failed to prove by a fair preponderance of the credible evidence”... […]
Republican lawmakers on Friday unveiled their historic tax-reform plan, a bill that slashes rates for the wealthy and businesses, gives smaller cuts to the middle class and eliminates the ObamaCare mandate that Americans buy health insurance or face a penalty. The compromise reached by House and Senate negotiators caps months of wrangling, and, if passed,...
President Trump on Thursday touted his record of cutting federal regulations — claiming the rules delayed infrastructure projects, forced businesses to close and cost millions of jobs. “Let’s cut the red tape, let’s set free our dreams,” Trump said at the White House as he symbolically cut a red ribbon linking stacks of paper representing...
Here’s a puzzle about the texts that got Peter Strzok in so much trouble: Why was the FBI’s top counterintelligence guy, an expert in secure communications, making radioactive comments via cellphone? In any event, the FBI inspector general came across the texts and informed Strzok’s then-superior, Special Counsel Bob Mueller — who quite rightly kicked... […]
It’s this close: Republicans in the House and Senate have struck a $1.5 trillion tax-cut deal that could put the economy on a fast track for years. All they need is to put the final touches on the bill and pass it in both chambers. President Trump could sign it by Christmas. That would be...
The past two months of electoral losses for the Trump GOP feel very familiar. Newly elected President Barack Obama’s party lost off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and suffered a stunning upset in a Senate race it had no business losing, in Massachusetts. Trump’s party lost off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New...
On Wednesday, Congressional Republicans struck a massive $1.5 trillion tax-cut deal that slashes rates for large and small businesses, pares taxes for individual filers and nearly doubles standard deductions. GOP lawmakers are negotiating final details to get the bill to President Trump to sign before Christmas. It’s a close call in the Senate, because Repub […]
Deep State: "career staff at the General Services Administration ... have unlawfully produced [transition team] private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel's Office."
This evening I attended the Christmas party at the home of Councilmember-elect Lisa Ruggiero and her husband Chuck. As always it was packed....to the point finding the hosts was difficult, but many friends there including Mayor and Mrs. Butler and Councilman Mark Walczyk who was sporting an especially festive holiday suit which he says he is wearing to M […]
The Internet as we know it is over...Really. This net neutrality thing has only been around since 2015 and my Internet is the same now as before 2015...But that's the media narrative. Just like the tax bill. Endless stories about how it will hurt this and that person and then the polls reported as news after the media has shaped that opinion. Tru […]
Predictably Democrats are trashing the rescinding of net neutrality rules by the FCC, even threatening to sue over the policy. Who do you sue and how do you contest the decision of a body authorized to make such a decision ? Watertown Daily Times | Lawmakers call for reversal of FCC net neutrality rollback
Anxious for ideas and direction, Mayor Butler led a group from Watertown to examine the DRI efforts in Oswego which got a $10M grant last year. Mayor William Barlow warned the group there would be hiccups along the way but showed our locals what that city is doing. Watertown Daily Times | Watertown officials take tour of Oswego’s $10 million downtown g […]
Just how much should be read into this year's off year elections and the reported unpopularity of the President when trying to determine how upstate House races play out. The Times Union speculates Rep. John Faso and our own Rep. Elise Stefanik could topple if there is a wave election for the Dems nationally. The tax bill has been turne […]
Had a nice time tonight at the Community Broadcasters holiday party over the at home of Johnny and Heather Spezzano...Beautiful at an undisclosed location. The stone pizza oven made for some great pie. I read that the fire union plans to appeal Judge McClusky's opinion which was seen as a rebuff to the bargaining unit. I saw it as a lateral pas […]
Here's an interesting downtown story....On the day the DRI was announced, business people on the other end of the Square were opening Whistler's Tavern, the last iteration of a bar in the spot that once housed McGoo's and the Turtle.. A grade A renovation job and the inside is now a sight to behold as I discovered in a recent visit. […]
As Prosecutors Look the Other Way Mayoral Candidate Albanese Files the First of Many Lawsuits Against de Blasio Suit: de Blasio should pay lawyer bills over corruption probes, not taxpayers (NYP) The suit, electronically filed on Sunday, alleges that de Blasio and his “underlings” engaged in “criminal and/or unethical behavior…outside the scope of public em […]
Crowley Treasurer Probed for Court Appointment Violation Joe Crowley’s treasurer being probed in possible pay violation (NYP) Scott Kaufman, who has served as Crowley’s campaign treasurer for 17 years, earned more than $75,000 from state court appointments in 2013 and continued to get jobs the next year despite a rule that says a person earning that much […]
The Albany Big Business Giveaway of Tax Payer Money to Big Bussinesses to Contribute to Pols NY's Big Breaks for Business: What our investigationfound (lOWhUD) ALBANY — New York spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year to get new jobs and retain existing ones as a way to combat being one of the most expensive places to live in the nation.... The Co […]
Several recent anti-business measures of note followed a similar path: a liberally-minded west coast jurisdiction (usually San Francisco or Seattle) passes the legislation at the local level, and it is then passed statewide, before eventually making its way to the New York City Council and our state Legislature. We saw this most recently with the […]
The below letter to the editor was submitted to the Albany Times Union last week. New York’s so-called “scaffold law” may be the most misunderstood, or at least most mischaracterized, section of New York State statute. And based on your September 24 editorial, “An attack on worker safety,” the Times Union editorial board has never read […]
Part eight of an ongoing series based on our recent PPI report: Bridging the STEM skills gap: Employer/educator collaboration in New York To a troubling extent, the origins of the skills gap can be traced to failures in the U.S. education system. Seemingly immune to the technological advances that have transformed almost every other aspect […]
Part seven of an ongoing series based on our recent PPI report: Bridging the STEM skills gap: Employer/educator collaboration in New York New York’s manufacturing sector has seen tough times, but with technological changes and the rise of advanced manufacturing, the sector is rebounding and jobs are coming back. “We often talk about, ‘can we […]
Part six of an ongoing series based on our recent PPI report: Bridging the STEM skills gap: Employer/educator collaboration in New York Over the years, when asked what skills they have had difficulty finding in job candidates, New York employers consistently point to the professional skills that are required in all kinds of workplaces. In […]
Part five of an ongoing series based on our recent PPI report: Bridging the STEM skills gap: Employer/educator collaboration in New York Across the state, New York employers responding to a recent Public Policy Institute survey reported difficulty filling STEM positions, and they project that these workforce shortages will persist over the coming decade. The […]
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week that he plans to deliver his 2018 State of the State Address on January 3 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. The Governor traditionally delivers the annual State of the State Address to lawmakers at the beginning of the state’s annual six-month legislative session. But last year, Gov. […]
Last Monday, the governors of New York and California, and the Governor-elect of New Jersey, criticized the Republican-backed federal tax reform bill, saying that the bill will reward campaign donors and justify slashing health care, housing and food stamp programs for the poor. The three Democrats called the tax plan “evil,” “divisive” and a “scam” […] […]
According to a report in the Albany Times Union late last week, the FBI is investigating the Cuomo Administration’s practice of hiring employees to work in the Governor’s office, while actually paying them through various state agencies and public authorities. For decades, New York governors have placed Executive Chamber employees on the payrolls of other [… […]
The Educational Conference Board (ECB), a coalition of major state education organizations that includes New York State United Teachers, New York State Council of School Superintendents, the state School Boards Association and the School Administrators Association of New York State, is seeking a $2 billion increase in education aid in the fiscal year 2018-19 […]
A plan that state Democratic Party officials presented last week to the State Senate’s two Democratic factions to reunifying the two sides has instead lead to more disagreement. The 63-member State Senate is currently controlled by 31 Republicans and Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder. In addition, the Senate Republicans have entered into a power-sharing agreem […]
Last Thursday, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state is seeking proposals to develop innovative strategies to expand the marketplace and to use electric vehicles to provide electric grid resiliency. Up to $3.5 million is being made available through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Gov. Cuomo said: “Clean cars are the […] […]
Millions of patients suffering from painful and chronic medical conditions stand to get easier access to effective and affordable treatment thanks to a nascent prescription drug sector known as... To view the full story, click the title link.
At long last, New York's taxi industry may be about to find out how much a taxi medallion is worth in the Uber age. Aspire Federal Credit Union will auction off 14 medallions from its loan portfolio... To view the full story, click the title link.
One of Palantir Technologies Inc.’s early investors accused the data-mining startup of sabotaging his attempt to sell his $60 million stake to a Chinese company so that directors and executives... To view the full story, click the title link.
New York could be testing out a new kind of bike-share program as soon as this summer. Following in the footsteps of Seattle and Washington, D.C., which has been experimenting with dockless bike... To view the full story, click the title link.
The Trump budget is just telling the truth—and you can’t handle the truth! Trump's budget begins to tell the hard truths to the American people. It's a "taxpayer first" plan, which is what any sustainable budget needs to be. More harsh truths are needed, but this is a good start. Jake Novak | @jakejakeny Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | 12:04 PM […]
When the Going Gets Tough at the MTA, Andrew Cuomo Disappears For two decades, New York's transit system was on the rebound. Then came Pataki and Cuomo. By Ben Fried May 19, 2017 It’s not hard to recall the times when Andrew Cuomo wanted to be seen as the boss of the MTA.
Robert McCarthy: Questions for Cuomo are met with silence By Robert J. McCarthy Published Thu, May 18, 2017 Steve Pigeon was back in court a few days ago, facing a judge for the third time in the last 10 months. This time the former Erie County Democratic chairman appeared in U.S. District Court to answer more questions about his controversial fundraisin […]
State insurers to seek rate hike for 2018 ObamaCare policies By Carl Campanile May 15, 2017 | 1:43am | Updated New York’s health insurers will request double-digit rate increases for ObamaCare policies for 2018 while debate rages in Washington on overhauling the law, analysts told The Post.
NYDAILYNEWS.COM by KENNETH LOVETT ALBANY — State Republican Chairman Ed Cox blasted state Democrats for featuring a top national Democrat who has made controversial statements about Israel as headliner at an upcoming fund-raiser. The Daily News reported Monday that Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who was recently named deputy chairman of the Democratic Natio […]
SYRACUSE.COM BY MARK WEINERhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPqTP6j9qm8 (Watch Video) WASHINGTON -- Marine Corps 1st Lt. Trey Cleary received one of the biggest surprises of his life Friday when his mother texted him, "Do you have time to talk with POTUS?" Seconds later, U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney was talking with her son at Camp Lejeune, N.C., who […]
Links are updated every hour. The Resurgent In Irma’s Crosshairs6 September 2017, 1:51 pmI’m a Florida native, born at Macdill Air Force Base when my dad was stationed there, raised in the Sunshine State since hisRead More...... Trump is Just…Read more →
This is a guest post by Richard Lowery, Jr. Below is a brief quiz regarding some issues that are of serious concern for our country. People who are much more intelligent than a hayseed like me, such as university professors,…Read more →
To all of you fathers out there, I hope you have a great Father’s Day. Especially you, Dad! Enjoy the day and enjoy your families. Life happens so fast, cherish every moment. Sorry I haven’t been blogging lately. I started…Read more →
The following is a guest post by Dr. Robert Owens, and Happy Easter! *** My Witness When I was young I was not a nice fellow. Snakes would cross the street when I sauntered down the sidewalk. My all consuming…Read more →
Happy Saturday! I have not had very much time at all to think about the blog lately, my apologies. But rather than leave it here languishing away I thought the least I could do is try to bring back the…Read more →
Guest post by Richard Lowery, Jr. Barstool Eruptions as Public Policy I confess that I am not a constitutional law professor nor have I ever played one on TV so my ability to comment on the legal reasoning behind the…Read more →