Single-payer fact check by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon cited a lot of statistics in favor of single-payer health care in her debate with Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, but most of them were confused, misleading or false.

Cuomo’s misleading labor stats by E.J. McMahon | NY Torch

When it comes to rhetorical use of upstate New York unemployment statistics, Governor Cuomo is consistent. Unfortunately, he's consistently misleading.

The latest example came at today's ribbon-cutting today for the new 136,000-square-foot Expo Center at the state fairgrounds in Syracuse, where Cuomo delivered a roughly 25-minute stream-of-consciousness riff that focused on what he portrayed as an economic turnaround in upstate and the Syracuse area.

Cuomo’s cable hit by Ken Girardin | NY Torch

This is only the latest instance in which politics seem to be taking precedence over public interest at a consumer-focused regulatory agency.

A quiet shift on Fidelis proceeds by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

As the state prepares to collect $2 billion in proceeds from the sale of Fidelis Care, the Cuomo administration has quietly revised its statement on how it will use the money, shifting to an emphasis on service for the needy rather than support for providers.

More on that flaky SALT suit by E.J. McMahon | NY Torch

The New York-led multi-state lawsuit challenging the new federal tax law is not as weak as you might have heard.

If anything, it's even worse—a 141-page mashup of half-baked numbers, dubious factual assertions and (largely well-founded) political arguments masquerading as constitutional jurisprudence.

Cuomo’s bad Janus advice by Ken Girardin | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo hit a new extreme in his bid to prop up government unions, telling public employers to ignore parts of both state law and the Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.

Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion was beyond corrupt by E.J. McMahon | New York Post

The overarching scandal here wasn’t bid-rigging or the pay-to-play pattern in the developers’ contributions to the governor’s reelection campaign. At the root was a simply awful public policy — corporate welfare on steroids — that neither Cuomo nor most of his critics have definitively renounced, even now.
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