Cuomo’s Big Idea Looks Like 1970s by E.J. McMahon | | Newsday

'The largest convention center in the nation, period" -- in Queens? Is he kidding?

Nope. In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo did, indeed, tout the same sort of white elephant already being chased by states and cities across the country.

Taming the Medicaid Bull by Russell Sykes | | NY Torch

Trying to rein in runaway Medicaid spending is an historic annual event in New York. Governor Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team was assigned the most recent task of both reducing spending and increasing the quality of care.

A Gem in the SAGE brush by Russell Sykes | | NY Torch

The Governor's Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission issued an overdue presentation to the Governor on December 15, 2011.  Tucked away on page 42, is one proposal the Governor needs to embrace with open arms: taking over the adminis...

Jobs for Youth: Hype or Hope? by Russell Sykes | | NY Torch

A new $62 million plan to promote employment for unemployed inner-city youth was part of this week’s tax increase deal between Governor Cuomo and the Legislature. Like the rest of Wednesday’s legislative package, the youth employment provisions w...

A “more open and engaged process” — not! by Tim Hoefer | | NY Torch

Gov. Cuomo's tax-hike package -- according to him -- is an "extraordinary benefit to the state ... that the state desperately, desperately needs to help turn around this economy." E.J.'s been covering all the reasons why this is not what New York n...

Cuomo pitches his tent** by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Just a few weeks ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was trying to get the “Occupy Albany” tent people arrested. This week, he hasn’t just caved to their main demand—he’s also begun to sound more like them.

Debating the tax increase by Tim Hoefer | | NY Torch

E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center squared off against former state Assemblyman Richard Brodsky on a segment of NY1's "Inside City Hall" last night. E.J. began by informing moderator Errol Lewis that Governor Cuomo's special session deal with the Leg...
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