New York politics – from City Hall to Albany

Going Local: Cuomo’s Play for Consolidation

The governor's first budget offers incentives for many of the state's villages and towns to consolidate.
Sarah Laskow | June 8th, 2011
When Andrew Cuomo advocates for smaller government, he does not mean, as conservatives often do, that the government should do less. He means that the government should be ...

Deal Reached on Ethics Reform

Sarah Laskow | June 6th, 2011
On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Speaker Sheldon Silver announced a deal on ethics reforms, yet another of Cuomo’s legislative priorities. The ...

Albany in Brief: Three Issues to Shape End of Session

Same-sex marriage, a property-tax cap, and redistricting reform will likely define the final four weeks in Albany.
Sarah Laskow | May 23rd, 2011
Up in Albany, the end of the session is looming: Just four weeks remain before legislators leave for their summer break. Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders have been hashing ...

Andrew Cuomo’s Popularity Wave

Sarah Laskow | April 18th, 2011
It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in politics just by doing what you said you were going to do. Paterson, Spitzer, Pataki — all of their poll numbers took a ...

The New York Education of Jason Helgerson

Sarah Laskow | April 11th, 2011
Getting the budget passed on time has earned Andrew Cuomo a round of hosannas for his shrewd political maneuvering. But one of the smartest moves that Cuomo has made since ...

Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team Convenes

PowerPoint presentations and staff updates about the “Key/Complex Issues” dominate second task force meeting.
Sarah Laskow | February 10th, 2011
Wherever he goes to talk up his plan to tame the state’s budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been telling New Yorkers how essential the work of his Medicaid Redesign Team is. ...
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