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Opinion | New York should reinstate the Stock Transfer Tax.
12/22/2020
Wall Street can spare a nickel

Opinion | New York should reinstate the Stock Transfer Tax.

Right now, New York City and New York state are waiting for a federal bailout that may or may not happen in the first quarter of 2021.

The new coronavirus mutation appears to be more transmissible, but it’s unclear if it’s different enough to be unaffecte...
12/22/2020
What to know about the new coronavirus mutation

The new coronavirus mutation appears to be more transmissible, but it’s unclear if it’s different enough to be unaffected by existing vaccines.

What to know about the new coronavirus mutation

The advocates, executives, academics and government officials shaping New York’s transition to sustainability.
12/22/2020
Energy & Environment Power 100

The advocates, executives, academics and government officials shaping New York’s transition to sustainability.

As climate change poses a growing threat across the globe, New York has been mounting an increasingly aggressive response with measures to slash carbon emissions, invest in renewable power and boost energy efficiency across the board. Last year’s state Climate Leadership and Community Protection A...

Who’s up and who’s down this week?
12/18/2020
This week’s biggest Winners & Losers

Who’s up and who’s down this week?

It’s never too early to start thinking about new year’s resolutions. Maybe you want to introduce a bill in the City Council, or even get one passed. Maybe you want to raise a certain amount of campaign funds, or win an election. Or maybe you just want to stop wearing sweatpants every day of remo...

A Q&A with the former city sanitation commissioner, who is now running for mayor.
12/17/2020
Kathryn Garcia wants to inherit the “sh*tshow”

A Q&A with the former city sanitation commissioner, who is now running for mayor.

Kathryn Garcia doesn’t really do politics. Before she started running for mayor of New York City, beginning with a Zoom announcement on Thursday, she’d never run for office before. Her only campaign experience was making fundraising calls in 1992 for former Democratic U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold of ...

100 individuals fighting the good fight.This year's Responsible 100: https://bit.ly/3mgIsxJ
12/14/2020
The 2020 Responsible 100

100 individuals fighting the good fight.

This year's Responsible 100: https://bit.ly/3mgIsxJ

For the past several years, City & State has closed out the year with a list of leaders in the private sector who are actively seeking to help New Yorkers and make our state a better place. It was a nice, uplifting feature that reminded us all that there’s more to life than making money as we brai...

AOC flexed her social media prowess to give an update on coronavirus stimulus talks last night on Instagram live.
12/11/2020
AOC explains it all

AOC flexed her social media prowess to give an update on coronavirus stimulus talks last night on Instagram live.

Confused about the current state of stimulus talks? Unclear what’s even on the negotiating table? Need a primer on lemon-zesting? Rep.

“I was really disappointed that she didn't read the bill before tweeting.”Read about the proposed $3 surcharge on online...
12/10/2020
The bill no one wants to enact during the pandemic

“I was really disappointed that she didn't read the bill before tweeting.”

Read about the proposed $3 surcharge on online orders that both Sean Hannity and AOC have gotten the details wrong on: https://bit.ly/33VhJ3h

AOC and Sean Hannity have got the details wrong about a proposed $3 surcharge on package deliveries in New York City.

One reporter's Election Day gig raised concerns about ranked-choice voting: https://bit.ly/3qGTkZ2
12/09/2020
I was a poll worker. I’m not sure NY is ready for ranked-choice voting.

One reporter's Election Day gig raised concerns about ranked-choice voting: https://bit.ly/3qGTkZ2

In my 14th hour of being a poll worker, things started to get wild. Diane, my partner for the day, started kicking, punching, and shaking ballot scanner D – the machine I was appointed to stand next to, and to which I had personally grown quite attached. This was my first Election Day working at a...

Some of the arguments for mayors who stunk up the job even worse than de Blasio: https://bit.ly/3lYvk0b
12/08/2020

Some of the arguments for mayors who stunk up the job even worse than de Blasio: https://bit.ly/3lYvk0b

Check out the government relations firms that earned the most lobbying in the state in 2019!
12/07/2020
New York State’s Top 50 Lobbyists

Check out the government relations firms that earned the most lobbying in the state in 2019!

Each year, the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics unveils the state’s top 10 lobbyists, based on total lobbying compensation during the previous calendar year. Kasirer has topped the list in the last few cycles, followed by Brown & Weinraub and Bolton-St. Johns, then such mainstays as Greenbe...

Bikes and Buses and Trains, oh my! 🚲 🚎 🚋 Remember to check out our agenda and register below for next week's Virtual Tra...
12/05/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Virtual Transportation in New York Summit. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Bikes and Buses and Trains, oh my! 🚲 🚎 🚋

Remember to check out our agenda and register below for next week's Virtual Transportation Summit.

Developing and Enhancing Transportation Systems Throughout New York Up until COVID 19 hit, New York residents relied on its public transportation systems and roads to get everywhere. The world has changed, and this event will discuss how transportation will rebuild and reshape the city and state. It...

An interview with mayoral candidate Ray McGuire: https://bit.ly/2VGcH6t
12/04/2020
Ray McGuire wants to grow NYC out of the slump

An interview with mayoral candidate Ray McGuire: https://bit.ly/2VGcH6t

Before Ray McGuire formally kicked off his campaign for mayor of New York City this week, and before he got too deep into his 36-year long career as a Wall Street investment banker, he would play pickup basketball in New York City parks. “I was crossing them kids up, down at Riverside, Central Par...

All the background info you've been craving about the NYC Democratic Socialists of America and the DSA at large.
12/02/2020
What is the DSA?

All the background info you've been craving about the NYC Democratic Socialists of America and the DSA at large.

Excelsior is a weekly City & State newsletter that gets sent out every Wednesday at noon.

At-large election systems favor white majorities, but some towns in New York are making headway when it comes to better ...
11/30/2020
Islip is making it easier for communities of color to be represented

At-large election systems favor white majorities, but some towns in New York are making headway when it comes to better representation for their communities of color.

In 2014, more than 40,000 tons of contaminated construction debris was found in Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood, a majority-Latino part of the Town

If you're wondering why Bill de Blasio has yet to shutter indoor dining, bars and gyms, it's because that decision is up...
11/24/2020
De Blasio waits on Cuomo for new COVID-19 restrictions

If you're wondering why Bill de Blasio has yet to shutter indoor dining, bars and gyms, it's because that decision is up to Andrew Cuomo.

As COVID-19 infections rise across New York City, as well as the rest of the state, many are wondering why New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has yet

The most powerful political figures in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and how they stack up against each other in 2020.
11/23/2020
The 2020 Long Island Power 100

The most powerful political figures in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and how they stack up against each other in 2020.

Where Long Island goes, so goes New York. Two years ago, Democrats picked up several Long Island seats in the state Senate, which proved pivotal in giving the party full control of the state Legislature and ushered in a wave of progressive policymaking. This year, Republicans bounced back on Long Is...

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo said the new COVID-19 “rules are only as good as the enforcement.”For some counties, t...
11/21/2020
Some NY counties won’t enforce COVID-19 restrictions

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo said the new COVID-19 “rules are only as good as the enforcement.”

For some counties, there’s no intention to enforce at all.

Some NY counties won’t enforce COVID-19 restrictions

Some people predicted yesterday's closure of NYC's schools, but the event was still a chaotic mess that left many parent...
11/19/2020
What we still don’t know about school closures

Some people predicted yesterday's closure of NYC's schools, but the event was still a chaotic mess that left many parents wondering what comes next.

What we still don’t know about school closures

President Donald Trump may be widely reviled by New York City residents, but he made surprising gains in the 2020 electi...
11/18/2020
Trump’s surprising gains in NYC

President Donald Trump may be widely reviled by New York City residents, but he made surprising gains in the 2020 election.

Improvement among Latino voters boosted the president in the Bronx.

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You know what’s funny (sad actually) in reality is all the Trumpeters thinking their vote will matter in Cuomo’s Blue controlled NY Dictatorship.. it won’t mean sh*t. The electoral vote is going to Biden.. but please, keep shaking your fists like the educated superiors you all think you are. It should be evident by now that the N.Y. republicans don’t have any power here. Take a look at how many actually voted to give Cuomo his long overplayed executive powers.. they’re on the same team and payroll.. your tax dollars. If you want a vote that counts for anything then vote Jo Jorgensen on the POTUS line. Go ahead and vote Red down tickets, that’s fine (except where there’s a Libertarian running who will do something to restore your freedoms) But keeping the Libertarian ballot access this year will get you the opportunity to fight Cuomo in the next governors run in ‘22. The Libertarians made NY history in 2018 with Larry Sharpe and he’s continuing to tour all 62 Counties yearly.. you’re not finding a more loyal advocate and activist/candidate from any Republican or Democrat anywhere in the Nation. Don’t forget.. Molinarfaux was a Cuomo lackey. The joke was on you and it was had by them dining at the same table as they watched you all think your vote mattered.. they profited off your ignorance. 🤷‍♂️ You may not agree with the Libertarians on all issues but it’s for damned sure they will remove draconian policies and preserve your rights. Don’t give me the third party can’t win garbage either.. that’s just dumb based on simple math and this isn’t about winning the seat for president anyway, it’s about making your N.Y. vote mean something this year with the LBT line and getting better Democrats and better Republicans by showing them they need to step up their accountability.
Made in Chyna 🤡
https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/power-list/power-list/power-diversity-black-100-51-100.html Congrats to Kiara St. James - an amazing advocate and friend! This is some well deserved recognition Kiara!
This type of serious voter suppression better not be on the agenda for NY state!!! I will vote in person and I don't need any type of affidavit to do so!!!
If you’d like the truth about the 2016 election purge, I’m no longer under a gag order. I’d like the truth to come out and those involved held accountable. I was the Deputy Chief of the Brooklyn office at the time aka sacrificial lamb
For those who think that the City is especially targeting the Upper West Side, please note that this is NOT the case. "Four of the 63 hotels used thus far have been located on the Upper West Side: the Lucerne, the Belleclaire, the Belnord, and Park West Hotel. The Lucerne, the Belleclaire, and the Belnord – which have faced the brunt of the opposition – are sheltering men without families, and the Park West Hotel is doing the same for women without families. "
I have been saying for years that executive salaries at our non-profits are too high.. Local politicians rest in these jobs in between elected gigs or when they retire from public office. Chris Quinn and David Greenfeld each earn over $200,000 (I think) Stephen Levin is shopping himself for a job of at least 200,000.... he is term limited.. These jobs are obtained through lobbying and cronyism but need to be redefined as folks with professional experience in the field.. Too much money for those who are connected... Monies should be used for services for those in need.. Salary caps based on actual on the ground experience... not sitting on a council committee should be set.. Starting salary should be 100.000
Hannah Noel Harper, Elizabeth Smith, Christin Marie Hoffman, Claudia Carr please read this article before changing any plans to travel.
swearing off tainted monies and accepting it( under various covers )are too different things... Is the democratic party also swearing off money from the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Nursing Home Industry.. ask Cuomo and DeBlasio. please
I tend to like labor unions but . . .
Most of us here in NYC know what kind of condescending twat Michael Bloomberg has always been. “Stop and Frisk” was his most public sh*tshow, but far from his only. Below are just a few of his greatest sh*ts: He ran for mayor of NYC on the GOP ticket so he wouldn’t have to be bothered with the Democratic primary and ran unopposed for the GOP nomination, so he is a craven opportunist. He also supported delaying the 2001 mayoral election after 9/11 so he could further outspend the Democratic nominee. He, along with Ghouliani, let the subways fall into the worst state of neglect since the 70’s, and has gleefully attacked De Blasio for not undoing 20 years of neglect by two GOP mayors, Pataki and a GOP-controlled state senate fast enough. In 2010, he told a NYC school teacher who had escaped prostitution she had to go back to sucking dick for money by forcing her out of her job. Allowed St. Vincent’s Hospital to be torn down and replaced with condos. He could have saved it by simply opening his check book. Tried to give away the West Side rail yards for a fraction of their worth as part of his asinine bid to host The Olympics and provide the Jets with a new home. The city would have been on the hook for billions in infrastructure improvements to make the site viable for building. Still managed a $6 Billion giveaway deal for the resultant West Side Railyards nightmare, complete with giant Schwarma and Thanos Tower. Tried to privatize Stuytown on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, which would have forced tens of thousands of people out of affordable public housing and made billions for his real estate pals, including Trump. Did nothing to stop the closing of dozens of GLBTQ businesses via gentrification-driven rent spikes and homophobic community boards, pressured the shortening of the Pride March route below St. Patrick’s and rejected the plan to allow Pridefest to move to 8th Ave. from 14th to 23rd Sts. despite EVERY business on the strip begging for it. Did nothing to stop the further union-busting and segregation of NYC’s public schools by “charter”(private) schools. Bought himself a third term by exploiting a loophole in the new term limits law to run again and spent ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS to again run essentially unopposed. Pushed for a moronic soda cup size restriction rather than an expansion of school physical fitness budgets and insurance coverage of gym memberships. Gave the Yankees a $1.5 BILLION sweetheart stadium deal that they absolutely did not need.