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Greed Rules

Henry J. Stern | Posted 07.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

We turn today to one of New York State's oldest oxymorons: Albany ethics. Governor Cuomo has sent an ethics package to the Senate and the Assembly, and is speaking up for it on a statewide tour.

Shelly On Bloomberg's Teacher Layoff Claim: Just Use Your Rainy Day Funds

Posted 06.01.2011 | New York

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is not buying Mayor Bloomberg's line about having to cut thousands of teachers' jobs under the just passed state...

WATCH: Cuomo Warns Of Budget Shutdown

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

With the April 1 deadline to pass a state budget looming, Gov. Cuomo warned New Yorkers that the government could stop running. From the Daily News: ...

Election Commissioners Want To Give Troops More Time To Vote

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The Election Commissioners' Association is looking to move the date of New York State's primary contests from September to June. The ECA recently w...

A Poison Pill From Albany Just for Experienced Teachers

Peter Zucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

The entire bill annoys me but there are several provisions that are particularly annoying, in fact, not just illogical, but mean spirited. So let's all pull up a chair and let's examine it.

Cuomo, Bloomberg Agree To Work Together On 'Last in, First Out' Teacher Rule

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Three days after blindsiding Mayor Bloomberg, Gov. Cuomo now says he wants to work with the mayor to end the "last in, first out" teacher layoff rule....

WATCH: Assembly Blocks Bill To End 'Last In, First Out'

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Mayor Bloomberg's dreams of ending the "last in, first out" rule for laying off teachers appear to be crushed. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said h...

Cuomo Should Merge Health and Mental Health Departments to Save Money, Improve Care

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
DJ Jaffe

Earlier this week, Dr. Lloyd Sederer, the Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) made a startling revelation on Huffingt...

Andrew Cuomo Has Secret 'Peace' Pow Wow With Shelly Silver

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Andrew Cuomo's gubernatorial campaign was all about cleaning up Albany. Therefore, the governor-elect is apparently trying to make nice with a man who...

Will Steiner Waver on Cathie Black's Waiver?

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

The prospect for the granting of a waiver to Cathie Black so she can serve as New York City's school chancellor may have dimmed a bit in the last two days.

Democrats' State Majority Imperiled

nytimes.com | DANNY HAKIM | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

On an otherwise largely disappointing night for New York Republicans, the party appeared to be on the verge of either retaking the State Senate or thr...

Aqueduct Report: Jay-Z Was Clueless

Matt Sledge | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Matt Sledge

So much for the the savvy, take-charge CEO persona Jay-Z likes to present to the world. A new report suggests that he was little more than a hype man for New York's Aqueduct Entertainment Group bid.

ARCHITECTURE: $100 Million Allocated For Frank Gehry Designed Ground Zero Arts Center

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

After substantial delays and doubts about the project's realization, plans to construct Frank Gehry's Performing Arts Center on the site of Ground Zer...

The People Speak

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

The Democratic and Republican party organizations continue to weaken. They are most influential in races where no one knows who the candidates are.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Sheldon Silver's State-Business Stock Ties

nydailynews.com | By Kenneth Lovett | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver owns stock in 30 companies with business before the state, the Daily News has learned. The shares are a pote...

Today's Front Pages: September 3

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The talk of the town. ...

Today's Front Pages: August 25

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

News you can use. ...

Amanda Terkel

NY Tea Party Favorite Compared Jewish Dem To 'Hitler'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Albany Times Union has resurfaced October 2009 comments made by New York gubernatorial hopeful Republican Carl Paladino, in which he endorsed comm...

Charlie Rangel Birthday Party: See Who's Going

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

It might not be the happiest of birthdays for Rep. Charlie Rangel, but it looks like his party will boast significant star power. Rangel is facing an...

A Sustainable City Requires Increased Mass Transit Subsidies

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steven Cohen

As New York City moves to advance its sustainability agenda, New York State's relentless budget crisis is having a dramatic impact on the cost structure of the region's mass transit.

David Rockwell, Bloomberg Open Imagination Playground (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

It took more than a year of construction and $7.5 million, but the Imagination Playground at Burling Slip is here. The playground's architect and a h...

Rats Run Wild In Collect Pond Park (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Collect Pond Park belongs to the rats. The footage below shows dozens of rats streaming across a patch of asphalt in the Downtown park. The rodents...

The Continued Corruption of New York's Politics

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steven Cohen

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's recent filing of a civil suit against State Senator Pedro Espada is another episode in the disheartening saga of public "service" in New York.

Paterson Channels Polonius: Albany Skirmish Over Borrowing

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

Day 78 without a state budget. 78 is the speed of some old records, in rpm, the atomic number of platinum, and the number of chromosomes in a dog's DNA (39 pairs). We have 23 pairs.

Hey, Andrew Cuomo: Eliminate the NYS Office of Mental Health

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
DJ Jaffe

Dear Andrew: Your "Action Plan" rightfully bemoans the "ever proliferating tangle of boards, commissions, councils, departments, divisions, offices, ...