Like a game show for development projects, all of the competitors in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s experimental regional funding contest were at least given a consolation prize, but only four took home the truly big bucks.
The Occupy movement has brought its protest against income inequality and financial corruption full circle to where the financial crisis began — the housing market.
While Cuomo’s expedient push to raise taxes on the wealthy pleased many people of disparate political beliefs, it has also raised concerns about the governors’ disregard for transparency.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be all over this week’s list, but we can’t figure out whether he had a great week or an awful one. For everyone else on our list, the week was a little more definite.
On Dec. 1, the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign released their annual “Pokey and Schleppie Awards” for the worst bus routes in town. The snail award went to the slowest bus, while the elephant award went to the most unreliable.
A boisterous group of more than 1,000 people showed up at a public hearing in TriBeCa on Nov. 30 to voice their opinion on hydraulic fracking. Unlike in more fracking-friendly upstate New York, the crowd was — by an extremely rough estimate — about 99 percent against, and 1 percent (familiar numbers?) for fracking.
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. allegedly collected a bribe from an undercover FBI agent at a Brooklyn fundraiser but he claimed expenses in Albany that day. The Capitol reports.
So far this year, police officers have stopped and frisked more than 1,500 New Yorkers a day on average, a statistic that may rise by the end of 2011.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s experimental model for allocating economic development funds resembles a combination of lottery and beauty pageant for New York’s 10 regions.