The 2017 legislative session saw a decline in the number of “same-as” bills passed by both houses, according to a new analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group. For the period from January through June of this year, 606 bills passed both houses of the Legislature and the […]
Boondoggle or Opportunity? Voters will decide how they see upcoming constitutional convention question
With summer winding down and the November elections approaching, the ballot question of “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same” is looming as an important decision for all New York voters that only comes around every 20 years. The rhetoric by both good government […]
Time to restore the comptroller’s full auditing powers
I don’t want to toot my own horn but I have been saying for some time that one of the most disgraceful things Andrew Cuomo and his lackeys in the Legislature have ever done was depriving Comptroller Tom DiNapoli of some his audit functions over state development projects. You […]
How did we get here … and how do we fix it?
2016 was a very tough year but as the old saying goes, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” So I thought I’d take a look at some of the things that happened in the year just passed and diagnose what we may have learned. In state […]
Do right by us and we would be happy to raise your pay
Okay, let’s get down to it. Is it fair that the New York State Legislature has gone forever without a pay raise? I mean, how would you like to go from year to year without a raise? Employees of the public radio stations I run have had a two-percent […]
What does New York have to gain or lose with a Trump presidency?
Here are some questions I am frequently asked. I offer them so that you won’t have to write me, although you are always welcome to write. Question: Will the electors who comprise the Electoral College decide to vote against Donald Trump’s election as president? Answer: This is one I get […]