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E.J. McMahon

Edmund J. McMahon is Empire Center's founder and a senior fellow.

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Emails show Cuomo’s staff working on his memoir at the peak of New York’s pandemic

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Despite working at home, commuters kept paying a big share of NY taxes

Average daily office occupancy in New York City has bounced back from 2020-21 lows, but by most accounts remains well below pre-pandemic norms. Read More

At end of ’22, NY still near bottom in pandemic recovery

The more time passes since the spring 2020 Covid-19 outbreak, the more New York stands out among all states for the weakness of its post-pandemic employment recovery. As of December, seasonally adjusted private employment in New York was still nearly 2 Read More

What’s behind NY’s union membership slide?

The frequency with which New York workers are choosing to belong to a union last year continued its multi-year decline. Read More

The AG’s nursing home lawsuits are a wake-up call for the Health Department

Attorney General Letitia James' recent lawsuits against nursing homes have not only exposed dangerous conditions for the residents – but also dangerous blind spots at the Health Department. Read More

The Full Senate Must Vote on Hochul’s Chief Judge Pick 

Governor Hochul may be getting ready to take the confirmation battle for her Court of Appeals chief judge nominee, Hector LaSalle, to the courts. Read More

Hochul’s agenda mostly sidesteps health care

Governor Hochul gave health care surprisingly little attention in her State of the State speech on Tuesday – a sign that taking on dysfunction in one-sixth of the state's economy ranks low on her list of priorities. Read More

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