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Our Health Power 100 List is here!Check out the rankings, and remember to join us on Thursday evening for the reception:...
01/21/2020
The 2020 Health Power 100

Our Health Power 100 List is here!

Check out the rankings, and remember to join us on Thursday evening for the reception: https://bit.ly/38e5m2n

What’s the best way to expand health care coverage? How can medical costs be brought under control, whether it’s prescription drugs or the state’s massive Medicaid program? Is it a bad idea to let people smoke marijuana or flavored e-cigarettes? These debates, which are raging on the national ...

The mayor fears hits from the forthcoming state budget.
01/17/2020
De Blasio’s 2021 preliminary budget, by the numbers

The mayor fears hits from the forthcoming state budget.

A giant question mark hung over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fiscal year 2021 preliminary budget announcement on Thursday: How would potential state budget cuts affect the city? Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget presentation, planned for next Tuesday, is expected to explain how the go...

Should the state legalize turning garages into apartments?
01/16/2020
New York’s affordable housing solution is hidden in the garage

Should the state legalize turning garages into apartments?

What if there was a way to create new affordable housing without the specter of big developers, gentrification, or drastic changes to neighborhood character?Look no further than the humble garage.

They’re lawyers, and now they get to play ones on TV:
01/15/2020
Reps. Nadler and Jeffries named impeachment managers

They’re lawyers, and now they get to play ones on TV:

Two New Yorkers will help lead the prosecution of President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Hakeem Jeffries as two of the seven impeachment managers in the president’s Senate trial – which means they’ll be playing prosecutor ...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's opponents watch her like a hawk, but often their criticisms make little sense.
01/14/2020
The many times AOC has angered people

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's opponents watch her like a hawk, but often their criticisms make little sense.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has angered House Democrats by not sharing her ample campaign funds with the House’s Democratic campaign committee, the New York Post reported last week. Queens Democratic party boss Rep.

While other PR lists feature firms representing well-known brands, multinational corporations and cultural attractions, ...
01/13/2020
Political PR Power 50

While other PR lists feature firms representing well-known brands, multinational corporations and cultural attractions, typically with a national or even global scope, City and State NY's first Political PR Power 50 offers something new: a ranking of the best strategic communications pros in New York politics and policy.

Representation from BerlinRosen, Kivvit, The Parkside Group, and Edelman just to name a few -- Congratulations!

It’s hard to succeed in politics without good press. Whether it’s running for elected office, building support for a policy change or communicating the aims of an agency or organization, it’s not always easy to craft a coherent message – let alone deliver it in a way that garners attention. ...

Andrew Cuomo says the state is a progressive leader, but more often than not, it's behind the curve.
01/13/2020
Is New York really No. 1?

Andrew Cuomo says the state is a progressive leader, but more often than not, it's behind the curve.

Weeks before this year’s State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was doubling down on his claim that New York is the best – from a progressive perspective at least. “Last year we laid out the most aggressive agenda in modern political history, and we got it done,” he boasted in mid-Dec...

Emphasizing unity, but also willingness to revise, Democrats passed automatic voter registration and adjusted early voti...
01/10/2020
State Senate reforms voting reforms

Emphasizing unity, but also willingness to revise, Democrats passed automatic voter registration and adjusted early voting implementation.

Democrats in the state Senate made a package of voting reforms the first issue they addressed this year, just like in 2019 when they took over the chamber for the first time in a decade. Before passing legislation that would allow for automatic voter registration and various tweaks to the new early....

Read between the lines: No new taxes.
01/09/2020
How Cuomo is answering New York’s $6B question

Read between the lines: No new taxes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was not scheduled to present a budget proposal along with his 2020 State of the State address in Albany. But in his own way, the legislative proposals that the three-term governor announced on Wednesday signaled how he wants to pay for his policy proposals – announced with the th...

The governor unveiled more than 30 ideas before he even took the state on Jan. 8.
01/08/2020
Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State proposals

The governor unveiled more than 30 ideas before he even took the state on Jan. 8.

Before taking the stage to deliver his 2020 State of the State Address on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had already unveiled more than 30 policy proposals - touching on civil rights, health care, the environment, public safety or economic development in one way or another.

"One year ago today, City & State launched First Read Tech, the first weekday newsletter to specifically cover the inter...
01/07/2020
First Read Tech 2020

"One year ago today, City & State launched First Read Tech, the first weekday newsletter to specifically cover the intersection of New York City and state politics and technology.

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We hope you’ll take five minutes to complete this survey. In it, you’ll have the chance to provide your thoughts on what you like, dislike or want to see more of from First Read Tech in 2020. Whether it’s suggestions, tips, complaints or critiques, our ears are always open.

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With threats being hurled between Iran and the U.S., the Empire State is taking extra precautions to thwart terrorism.
01/07/2020
New York prepares for potential Iran blowback

With threats being hurled between Iran and the U.S., the Empire State is taking extra precautions to thwart terrorism.

New York City is preparing for potential terrorist attacks, following the drone strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Friday.

Actor Kal Penn has come out in support of Van Bramer's quest to be Queens borough president.
01/06/2020
Fictional New York City ‘councilor’ endorses Jimmy Van Bramer

Actor Kal Penn has come out in support of Van Bramer's quest to be Queens borough president.

In his campaign for Queens borough president, New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer can now count on the support of the fictional former City “Councilor” Garrett Modi – better known as stoner comedy and Obama administration veteran Kal Penn.

While Republicans stand united on the U.S.’s killing of Qassim Suleimani and Democrats oppose rush to war, their messagi...
01/03/2020
New York Democrats’ fractured views on the Iran drone strike

While Republicans stand united on the U.S.’s killing of Qassim Suleimani and Democrats oppose rush to war, their messaging varies.

Early Friday, Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani – a powerful top commander – was killed in a U.S. drone strike at Baghdad International Airport. Iran is now threatening to fire back at the United States and the possibility of war is looming.

Six experts assess the Queens borough president race, the upcoming state legislative session and whether there will be a...
01/02/2020
New York political predictions for 2020

Six experts assess the Queens borough president race, the upcoming state legislative session and whether there will be any AOC-style upsets.

A single person has a tough time guessing the weight of a cow. But get a whole bunch of people to guess, and the average is usually spot on. It’s called the wisdom of the crowd, but it seems to work better with cows than politics.

Journalists tackled housing discrimination on Long Island, predatory lending in the New York City taxi medallion industr...
12/31/2019
The best New York political investigations of 2019

Journalists tackled housing discrimination on Long Island, predatory lending in the New York City taxi medallion industry and more.

2019 was a busy year for news, from impeachment in Washington to a landmark legislative session in Albany. Between breaking news on a daily basis, journalists across New York were able to publish major investigations, sometimes after months or years of reporting.Here are some of the best New York po...

Some elected officials stack up better than others among their peers.
12/30/2019
Who in New York politics is most likely to succeed?

Some elected officials stack up better than others among their peers.

The year is drawing to a close, which means it is time to assess what the past 12 months have meant for elected officials who dare play the political game. A few have been able to score some legislative victories with particular verve, while others are undoubtedly hoping that 2020 will bring better....

Party line votes could endanger New York incumbents, but it’s a long time until November 2020.
12/20/2019
What impeachment means for House members in swing districts

Party line votes could endanger New York incumbents, but it’s a long time until November 2020.

It’s been a long buildup, but President Donald Trump’s impeachment has finally arrived. And that means that all the moderate House members in swing districts that have tried to avoid the issue can run no longer. Across the country, the prospect of impeachment has spurred speculation about how th...

They’re determined to make a deal after their last effort went up in smoke.
12/18/2019
Democrats say it’s time to stop passing on pot

They’re determined to make a deal after their last effort went up in smoke.

As the state Legislature prepares for the second year of full Democratic control of state government, recreational marijuana legalization remains one of the big-ticket holdovers from the previous session. The legislation came close to passing but was held up by disagreements over diverting revenue t...

All politics is local when it comes to pork barrel infrastructure projects.
12/17/2019
Which infrastructure upgrades will get a green light this year?

All politics is local when it comes to pork barrel infrastructure projects.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo likes to think of himself as a master builder, and he has plenty of examples to tout – from new bridges to renovated airports. While he typically likes to think big, some are pushing for him to focus on smaller projects in the months ahead. Here are three ways that lawmakers, bus...

Here they are: the Winners & Losers of 2019.
12/16/2019
Winners & Losers of 2019

Here they are: the Winners & Losers of 2019.

When elected officials climb high enough on the political ladder in New York, they tend to arrive at the same conclusion: I could be president! Most of them end up being wrong, but it doesn’t stop them from trying. This cycle alone, New York’s junior senator and New York City’s mayor have jump...

Amazon plans to expand in New York. Here’s how to cut through all the hot takes.
12/12/2019
What to know about Amazon’s new office in Manhattan

Amazon plans to expand in New York. Here’s how to cut through all the hot takes.

Jeff Bezos, the ultimate heartbreaker, made sure that Valentine’s Day 2019 would be a day to live on in infamy for New York City. On that day, the Amazon founder and CEO pulled out of plans to build a new headquarters in Queens. Following the announcement in November 2018 that Amazon would be offe...

Letitia James made a national name for herself going after Trump. But is she “Cuomo’s A.G.”?
12/10/2019
The year of Tish

Letitia James made a national name for herself going after Trump. But is she “Cuomo’s A.G.”?

Outside her office door, New York Attorney General Letitia James has tome upon tome of McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of New York, stuffed into shelves. Inside her office, with 23rd-floor windows looking into the skyscraper canyons of Manhattan’s Financial District, the reading selection is thinne...

Recognizing the most powerful black men and women in New York State.
12/09/2019
The 2019 Power of Diversity: Black 100

Recognizing the most powerful black men and women in New York State.

In New York, several high-profile black politicians have risen to positions of influence in recent years. New York Attorney General Letitia James is now the state’s top law enforcement official. As the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn could be the next spea...

The House Judiciary Committee chairman kept the first day of impeachment hearings in order.
12/06/2019
Rep. Jerry Nadler sheds the ghost of trials past

The House Judiciary Committee chairman kept the first day of impeachment hearings in order.

The House Judiciary Committee held its first day of impeachment hearings on Wednesday, led by Chairman Jerry Nadler, who represents the West Side of Manhattan and a slice of South Brooklyn.

Combined with other federal proposals, as many as 3.7 million Americans could lose SNAP benefits.
12/05/2019
More than 100,000 New Yorkers could be hurt by new food stamp rule

Combined with other federal proposals, as many as 3.7 million Americans could lose SNAP benefits.

The Trump administration approved a new rule on Wednesday that would push 688,000 people out of the federal food-stamp program nationwide and threaten the access of at least 107,000 New Yorkers, according to Hunger Solutions New York, while food banks and soup kitchens are already struggling to meet...

Why delivery droids aren’t ready to replace trucks – yet.
12/04/2019
Could robots ease New York City congestion?

Why delivery droids aren’t ready to replace trucks – yet.

New York City has a package delivery problem. With 1.5 million packages delivered within the city every day, transported by trucks and other vehicles that exacerbate the city’s already serious traffic congestion issues, this problem will only grow as the holiday season approaches.

From representing dubious foreign clients to making suspicious donations, the former mayor keeps popping up.
12/03/2019
Rudy Giuliani’s questionable business entanglements

From representing dubious foreign clients to making suspicious donations, the former mayor keeps popping up.

The allegations against former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani just keep on comin’. The House of Representatives’ impeachment hearings are well underway and witnesses have been consistently placing the blame of the Trump-Ukraine scheme directly onto Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s pers...

The old Michael Bloomberg City Hall and campaign hands working to win him the presidency. Can they succeed?
12/02/2019
All the former mayor’s men – and a woman

The old Michael Bloomberg City Hall and campaign hands working to win him the presidency. Can they succeed?

After many years of considering a presidential run, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has officially hit the campaign trail, bringing some of his most trusted aides and advisors along for the ride.

The governor is making e-bike and scooter legalization advocates anxious. 😬
11/27/2019
Why hasn’t Cuomo approved the e-bikes bill?

The governor is making e-bike and scooter legalization advocates anxious. 😬

This past session, the New York state Legislature passed upwards of 900 pieces of legislation, and more than 300 of those bills are still waiting for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval ahead of an end-of-year deadline to sign legislation into law. Cuomo’s inaction on one high-profile bill in particula...

Countless New Yorkers are cut off from public transportation. Can the city bring transit to them?
11/26/2019
How to rescue New Yorkers from transit deserts

Countless New Yorkers are cut off from public transportation. Can the city bring transit to them?

Capacity, capacity, capacity is the mantra of urban mass transit – especially for commuters smushed against the walls of an overcrowded subway car.

A handful of lawmakers are pushing the idea of a New York state space program, but there’s some work to do before planti...
11/22/2019
Can New York be a future space hub?

A handful of lawmakers are pushing the idea of a New York state space program, but there’s some work to do before planting a New York state flag on the moon.

This Tuesday, on the anniversary of the Apollo 12 mission that landed men on the moon for the second time in history, a group of lawmakers and academics gathered at the American Museum of Natural History to promote the notion that 50 years from now, New York could play a major role in the next gener...

Few organization efforts by legislative employees have succeeded.
11/21/2019
The New York City Council staff unionization bid could be a game-changer

Few organization efforts by legislative employees have succeeded.

If New York City Council staffers succeed in their organizing efforts, they would be among the few legislative employees in the country to unionize. It’s not the first time that legislative staffers have sought collective bargaining rights, but the city could set a precedent with nationwide implic...

As New York City’s mayor he created groundbreaking health and environment initiatives.
11/20/2019
How Mike Bloomberg’s record could play well in the primaries

As New York City’s mayor he created groundbreaking health and environment initiatives.

Soon-to-be Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will have a hard time convincing the political party he’s joined that he’s worthy of a presidential nomination.His track record during his three terms is filled with liabilities in a Democratic primary ...

It’s doubtful he’ll become a favored presidential candidate among Democratic voters.
11/19/2019
Many of Michael Bloomberg’s mayoral actions may make him a liability

It’s doubtful he’ll become a favored presidential candidate among Democratic voters.

New York City’s former Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on the cusp of formally announcing his bid for president as a Democratic candidate, after years of toying with the idea of running.

The upstate congresswoman is fighting to elect more Republican women. The only thing in her way is the Republican Party.
11/18/2019
Elise Stefanik wants the unthinkable: more women in the GOP.

The upstate congresswoman is fighting to elect more Republican women. The only thing in her way is the Republican Party.

Last year, Rep. Elise Stefanik suffered a devastating failure: As the first woman to serve as the National Republican Congressional Committee’s head of recruitment, she had wrangled more than 100 female candidates to run in the midterms but just one won. Most of the women she recruited didn’t ma...

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Why does your organization steadfastly refuse to report the contrary scientific findings regarding alleged human-induced climate change? The Foolish Idea of "Settled" Science The Main Stream Media trumpets (almost endlessly) that the science regarding climate change is "settled" as evidenced by 97% of climatologists who have reached a "consensus" about anthropogenic (human-induced) global warming. What the press does not stress is that this like-mindedness among these experts is based almost entirely upon computer simulations (GCMs or climate models) and not on any significant experimental data or evidence. Even more distressing is that many (most?) climate advocates see the current scientific findings as fixed and they reject out of hand any actual contrary research results. Like it or not science is simply never settled. Any historian of science will quickly belie the unsound position regarding "settled" science. A few solid examples should suffice to dismiss this misbegotten belief. During the late 19th century the entire scientific community accepted as fact the necessary existence of a "luminiferous ether" through which photons from the Sun traveled to reach the Earth. Then in 1887 Michelson & Morley of Case Western Reserve conducted a single experiment that showed that no such "ether" existed. Thus, all the prior evidence and belief was discarded. [Note: Interestingly, it was M&M's research that set Einstein on his search concerning relativity.] The bottom line is that the 97% "consensus" concerning the "settled" science regarding the existence of a luminiferous ether was wrong. Next, at the turn of the 20th century, virtually every cosmologist and astronomer agreed that the stars and galaxies that made up our universe were fixed in position. Then in 1930, Edwin Hubble by studying the "redshift" of the light reaching Earth from these heavenly bodies showed that our universe was expanding and that it was doing so at an accelerating rate. Once again, all of the "settled" science was placed in the trash bin of history. Another excellent example is "continental drift". During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, virtually every scientific expert insisted that the position of the Earth's continents was fixed. This scientific conclusion was based upon the observation that although granite existed on the continents, the seafloor was composed of denser basalt, and the "settled" science during the first half of the twentieth century was that there were two types of crust, named"sial" (continental type crust) and "sima" (oceanic type crust). Furthermore, it was "accepted" by all researchers that a static shell was present under the continents. Then in 1947, a team of scientists using an array of instruments confirmed the existence of a rise in the central Atlantic Ocean and found that the floor of the seabed beneath the layer of sediments consisted of basalt, not the granite which is the main constituent of continents. They also found that the oceanic crust was much thinner than continental crust. All these new findings put the "settled" science into question. Subsequently, beginning in the 1950s, scientists using instruments that measure attraction (magnetometers) began recognizing odd "striping" across the ocean floor. After the maps with this "zebra pattern" of magnetic bands were published, the connection between seafloor spreading and this layout was correctly linked to the historic evidence of geomagnetic reversals. Like it or not, the seven continents had been moving. Again, the 97% "consensus" regarding the "settled" science of fixed continents had to be discarded. In science, the idea of a "settled consensus" is simply silly. Science is constantly uncovering new truths. The Concept of "Settled" Science Regarding Anthropogenic (human-induced) climate change has recently been falsified In 2014, a group of Chinese researchers found evidence suggesting that the current warm phase of a 500-year cycle could terminate over several decades, ushering in a 250-year cool phase. Then on July 3, 2019, Science Daily announced that new evidence suggests that high-energy particles from space known as galactic cosmic rays affect the Earth's climate by increasing cloud cover, causing an "umbrella effect." When galactic cosmic rays increased during the Earth's last geomagnetic reversal transition 780,000 years ago, the umbrella effect of low-cloud cover led to high atmospheric pressure in Siberia, causing the East Asian winter monsoon to become stronger. This is evidence that galactic cosmic rays influence changes in the Earth's climate. "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has discussed the impact of cloud cover on climate in their evaluations, but this phenomenon has never been considered in climate predictions due to the insufficient physical understanding of it," stated lead Japanese investigator, Professor Hyodo. "This study provides an opportunity to rethink the impact of clouds on climate. When galactic cosmic rays increase, so do low clouds, and when cosmic rays decrease clouds do as well, so climate warming may be caused by an opposite-umbrella effect. The umbrella effect caused by galactic cosmic rays is important when thinking about current global warming as well as the warm period of the medieval era." Subsequently, on Aug. 11, 2019, it was reported that a new study had found winters in northern China have been warming since 4,000 BC. The study found that winds from Arctic Siberia have been growing weaker, the conifer tree line has been retreating north, and there has been a steady rise in biodiversity in a general warming trend that continues today. It appears to have little to do with the increase in greenhouse gases which began with the industrial revolution, according to the researchers. Lead scientist Dr. Wu Jing, from the Key Laboratory of Cenozoic Geology and Environment at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the study had found no evidence of human influence on northern China’s warming winters. “Driving forces include the sun, the atmosphere, and its interaction with the ocean,” Wu said. “We have detected no evidence of human influence." Then the web site, Bioengineer.org, on Nov. 6, 2019, cited three papers from the Federal University of Sao Paolo, Brazil which partially affirm the studies from Japan and China. This research insists that "The composition (of marine) sediments carried by rivers from the mainland to the ocean can be used as a basis for calculating variables such as temperature, precipitation, and marine salinity. In the context of ongoing global climate change, the study of the past is fundamental to validating the accuracy of the climate models used to make predictions." SUMMARY The world-famous philosopher of science, Karl Popper, insisted that to be a valid scientific theory must be falsifiable. This includes the widely held conjecture of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change. In short, a single set of scholarly findings that is not explained by the premise of man-made global warming which is attributable to the burning of fossil fuels can falsify this entire body of scientific speculation and this has now occurred. Today, six peer-reviewed scientific papers that were conducted by six separate groups of expert investigators from four different universities in three separate countries and which have all been published in eminent peer-reviewed scholarly journals have found no evidence to support the assertion regarding human-induced climate change. Instead, all six groups independently found that the warming that has happened was almost entirely attributable to galactic cosmic rays that affect the quantity of the Earth's low hanging clouds. These expert investigators call this canopy or blanket the "umbrella effect". The bottom line is that the entire climate change hysteria has now been falsified and is untrue. These six experimental results have shown that the IPCC and its computer simulation models (GCMs) are not valid. LINKS For those who require links here are six: agencia.fapesp.br/a-novel-m... https://agupubs.onlinelibra... https://www.sciencedaily.co... https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.go... https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.go.. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3022136/china-scientists-warn-global-cooling-trick-natures-sleeve
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These stories are a little dated, but they have not been used to make the NYSDEC accountable. If anyone can help, let me know. It's not an environmental law issue. It's a human and civil rights issue. At least one person has paid the ultimate price for the negligence and incompetence of the most hated agency in the state.
Congratulations @Jumaane Williams!
Please help EXPOSE John Key and his two billionaire political National Party colleagues, Don Brash, Sir Bob Jones of deliberate racism. As a result of a dream, I have traveled to Parliament House Wellington, London, England, Canberra, and Sydney Australia, expressing my disgust of their evil I am ONE person, protesting about what these evil, despicable people are saying about a very proud race of people. People who have made the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for King and Country .multiple times, yet are met with apartheid legislation (Please GOOGLE the 28 Maori Battalion WW11 1939-1945/World War contribution,) These politically corrupt people want to ensure Maori remain second class citizens, forever! Thank You! Michael M Davis/My Dad 28 Maori Battalion (I intend to visit New York/White House in May 2019-I am 72 years old)
1996 – The Bob Dole campaign By the mid-1990’s Stone and Paul Manafort had sold the political consulting firm credited with ushering in an era of no-holds barred lobbying in Washington, D.C. In 1996, Stone volunteered as a spokesman for Sen. Bob Dole’s presidential campaign, but the arrangement would not last long. He resigned after the National Enquirer reported that Stone had solicited sexual partners for himself and his second wife though ads.