Media Coverage

The recent pummeling of Wall Street and the grim economic outlook are raising concerns at City Hall and in Albany that lawmakers will have to deepen budget cuts or raise taxes to cushion an anticipated blow to city and state finances. Budget watch Read More

"Voters Back Millionaire's Tax 4-1" is how the Quinnipiac poll is rushing out news in respect of its finding on the scheme of the Assembly in Albany to raise taxes on the highest-earning New Yorkers. "Remember that old verse: 'Don't tax you; don't ta Read More

ELIOT SPITZER'S campaign slogan was “Day One, Everything Changes”. On Day 439, everything finally did. The famously self-righteous Mr Spitzer stepped down as governor of New York because of allegations that he had had sex with expensive prostitut Read More

David Paterson’s honeymoon was still going strong Monday, with the new governor’s first speech to a packed Assembly chamber getting universally positive reviews. .. Read article Read More

Call the community board in the Harlem district David Paterson used to represent, mention his name and on the other line comes a chuckle and the word "comedian." Ask a political observer what the new governor is like and they say "amiable," "charisma Read More

The extraordinary circumstances of David Paterson's rise to office go far beyond Eliot Spitzer, whose alleged ties to high-priced prostitutes forced him to resign last week. The 55th governor has his work cut out for him during difficult times in the Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. -- “We've got a good leader now, hopefully he can lead us to an on-time budget,” said Jim Tedisco, (R) Assembly Minority Leader. Every year... “It's important it gets done on time,” said Ron Canestrari, (D) Assembly Majorit Read More

The New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief, formed by Governor Eliot Spitzer and chaired by Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, held a hearing in Hauppauge last Wednesday. Those who addressed the commission, which was created to seek ways t Read More

New York should ban increases in the fees that appear on utility bills designed to fund energy research and development. Instead, the state should conduct a full-scale cost study of New York's energy regulations to help lower energy costs, says a Read More

Governor Spitzer's problems are threatening to derail his legislative agenda in the capital, stall the passage of the state's budget, and damage the chances that Mayor Bloomberg's congestion-pricing plan will win Albany approval before the end of the Read More


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