Bill de Blasio Goes to Albany to Defend His Tax Hike

Mayor Bill de Blasio testifies in Albany.
Mayor Bill de Blasio testifies in Albany.

Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Albany today to testify for the first time at a state budget hearing, where he tried to persuade lawmakers to pass his signature proposal to hike taxes on the wealthy to fund universal pre-kindergarten.

The plan puts him at odds with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has proposed funding the programs with other revenue. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Goes to Albany to Defend His Tax Hike”

State Lawmakers Push Albany to ‘Walk the Walk’ on Progressive Agenda

Al Sharpton speaking earlier today.
Al Sharpton speaking earlier today.

Emboldened by Democrat Bill de Blasio’s decisive win in the mayor’s race, the state’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus today rolled out a new agenda and pushed Albany to  “walk the walk” in passing progressive legislation.

Joined by Rev. Al Sharpton, the lawmakers pressed their case to nearly 250 elected officials, union members, and community activists seated in the auditorium of Baruch College. Continue reading “State Lawmakers Push Albany to ‘Walk the Walk’ on Progressive Agenda”

Assemblyman to Introduce Bill to Close Unpaid Intern Harassment Loophole

Joe Borelli. (Photo: Facebook)
Joe Borelli. (Photo: Facebook)

“This should be filed under the category of ‘How is this not a law already?’” Assemblyman Joe Borelli declared today.

Mr. Borelli, a Staten Island Republican, was reacting to today’s news that a federal judge recently dismissed a harassment suit filed by Lihuan Wang, a former intern at Phoenix Satellite Television’s New York bureau, because, as an unpaid intern, she apparently didn’t have standing in the case.

Continue reading “Assemblyman to Introduce Bill to Close Unpaid Intern Harassment Loophole”

Poll: Voters Split on Fracking, Fond of Cuomo

On the heels of a productive session in Albany, a Siena Poll released this morning showed voters are more optimistic about state government, even as they remain divided about hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale.

A majority of voters say the recent session moved the state forward, and nearly half said the state legislature had become less dysfunctional.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s numbers had a slight bump, from 68 percent favorability last month to 71 percent in today’s survey. Continue reading “Poll: Voters Split on Fracking, Fond of Cuomo”