This time, it’s different | Albany Times Union

Though it hit the state Capitol like a tidal wave Thursday, the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges isn't the first time a legislative leader has been charged with wrongdoing.

But it could turn out to be a watershed.

Does Albany suffer from being state capital? by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Politicians from Albany have been complaining for years that the state’s capital city is fiscally strapped because 60 percent of the property within its boundaries, much of it state owned, is tax exempt

Pensions, infrastructure and Albany billboards by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

The Cuomo administration reportedly is talking with labor leaders about tapping public and private pension funds to help pay for state infrastructure projects, including a multi-billion-dollar replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge...

Concerning those dirty Wall Street capitalists … by Nicole Gelinas | | NY Torch

Nicole Gelinas has a must-read op-ed in the New York Post today on the sinking fortunes of New York City's financial sector.  Her message: Thanks to Washington’s support for big banks, New York City has been a cocoon of prosperity compared to the ...

Albany’s collective bargaining confusion by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Now that the state Public Employees Federation (PEF) has rejected a proposed contract, Governor Andrew Cuomo is moving forward with 3,500 layoffs.  Or, then again, maybe not. This article in the Albany Times Union suggests there is an 80 percent lik...

Sherman on the fritz: lesson for NYS by Nicole Gelinas | | NY Torch

[caption id="attachment_4605" align="alignleft" width="131"] Tappan Zee West?[/caption] Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels last Friday "ordered the immediate closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge ... pending further notice" after "the discovery of a concernin...

Drop the ball? It’s not even in play yet. by Paul Howard | | NY Torch

Yesterday, the New York Times accused the Republican-controlled state Senate of "dropping the ball" for failing to pass legislation setting up a state health insurance exchange in the waning days of the last legislative session. If the legislature do...