• Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    The Outsider: Zephyr Teachout Will Never Be Governor, So Why is Andrew Cuomo Worried?

    It was a strange July morning in Lower Manhattan, and getting stranger by the minute. On the Brooklyn Bridge, sometime during the night, someone had swapped all the American flags for bleached white ones. As police and reporters swarmed the bridge, less than a mile away, in front of the 150-year-old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Westchester County D.A. Janet DiFiore and Civil Rights Groups Press Albany on Ending Practice of Treating Teens Offenders as Adults

    It's a little-known fact that New York is one of only two states that treat 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. That's right, one of only two states. Periodically, there have been efforts to change that law to define adult offenders as those who are 18 and older, but in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Gov. Cuomo Has Decided: The State Will Take Over Teacher Evaluations

    Looks like State Education Commissioner John King wasn't kidding. Yesterday, the Associated Press was informed by an anonymous Cuomo administration official that, in his 30-day budget amendments coming up this week, the governor will position Albany to be the central arbiter of a still-not-disclose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2013

    Mini Hot Dogs Hit Manhattan

    Yes, after 90 years, the mini hot dog has finally arrived at Union Square -- but without Zippy Sauce. I'm a big fan of the tiny hot dogs found almost exclusively in the Albany area, and have been known to travel to places like Troy, Cohoes, and Schenectady, New York just for a taste. These miniatu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    With Compromise In Sight, Gov. Cuomo Talks Gun Control In State Of The State Address

    In recent weeks, we've been following the Governor's actions regarding gun control quite closely. After the Newtown tragedy, Cuomo proposed a handful of measures to hopefully curb gun-related violence; one of which would be the strictest magazine clip ban in the nation. However, the momentum hit a w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Gun Control In Albany: Cuomo Pushes For Strictest Magazine Ban In Nation

    Governor Andrew Cuomo owns a gun. To be specific, it's a shotgun that he keeps locked up in his Westchester home. He's admitted to this; regardless, since his inauguration, he's been strident on gun control, siding with Mayor Bloomberg on the need for more regulation in Albany and Washington. And th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Lap Dances Officially Not "Art," Court Rules

    Sorry, strippers -- rubbing your asses on strangers is officially not "art" thanks to a ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals this morning (yes, the court actually had to decide whether lap dances are "art").In a 4-3 ruling, the Court ruled that lap dances are not tax-exempt works of art the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Upstate Farm Refuses to Host Lesbian Wedding

    Gay people in New York have had the right to get married for more than a year. Bigots have had the right to be fear-mongering assholes since the drafting of the U.S. Constitution -- but do they have the right to decide to not host a wedding because the two people getting married happen to be lesbian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    What To Look For in the Farmers' Markets This Week: Wild Bush Blueberries

    Identify them by their size. [See More Market Watch: Dear New York Plums, You're Amazing | Shishito Peppers] I spotted them at the Tompkins Square market Sunday: bush blueberries of the type that grow wild in northern lakeside and mountainous regions. They are about half the diameter of regular c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Nik Wallenda, Brave Soul, Approved to Cross Niagara Falls by Tightrope

    Last time around​As the legislation session in Albany grinds on, and with the gay marriage vote still undecided, New York lawmakers approved Nik Wallenda of the storied Flying Wallendas to traverse Niagara Falls via tightrope. "I'm thrilled to death ... It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Is the 32nd Senator Ready to Come Out of the Closet For Marriage Equality?

    ​It's been nearly a week since same-sex marriage supporters announced they have 31 out of 32 pledged votes toward passing the Marriage Equality Bill. However, Capital Tonight just tweeted that a 32nd, unidentified Senator has been confirmed. Others, like the NYCLU, are claiming there is a 32nd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    New York Doctors Could Be Banned From Wearing Ties

    ​A male doctor, in our minds, always wears a white coat over a starched dress shirt and unoffensive tie. Not for long, maybe! The state legislator, led by half of Albany power couple "Klavino," Sen. Diane Savino, is plotting to ban all hospital workers from wearing neckties because they spread ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Democratic Rebels Stage New State Senate Breakaway

    ​ The new Albany legislative session opens this morning with yet another rebellion in the ranks. This one comes from a quartet of Democratic state senators who announced this morning, with plenty of tough words, that they're moving away from their party's minority to form an "independent caucu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Pumped-up Steve Levy Fires Downtown Volleys

    ​Steve Levy, newly hatched Republican candidate for governor, was working the Wall Street precincts today in search of campaign cash and took the opportunity to blast away at almost everyone else. Using a conference room at a friendly downtown law firm (Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles), the Suffolk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Steve Levy and the Ford Taurus: The True Story

    ​Stop the tabloid presses: Steve Levy did not -- repeat, did not -- drive that beat-up old Ford Taurus up to Albany last week when he launched his new career as a Republican running for governor. Yes, you might well have thought he did because you too saw the marvelous photo of the Suffolk Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Racetracks One More Thing Suffering from Incompetent Albany Rule

    Those of us who selfishly thought of the Aqueduct racino mess merely as a political scandal should be ashamed. The death of the AEG bid for the video slots franchise now leaves a gaping hole, not only in the state's coffers, but in those of the New York Racing Association, which runs Aqueduct and ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    ​Like to gamble online? Political odd couples like Barney Frank and Al D'Amato are fighting for your right to do so. Meanwhile James Giordano made millions via internet gambling, and wound up in prison. So... do you feel lucky? Graham Rayman has the story. Tom Robbins has previously covered t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Paterson Rejects Albany Half-Loaf Budget Cuts, Says "The State is Going Bankrupt"

    Governor Paterson wanted the endless Albany special sessions to produce $5 billion in budget cuts over the next year and a half. The legislators said: How about $2.9 billion? After some ominous rumblings ("Governor Paterson had enough and will not wait any longer"), it now appears there is no deal. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Gay Marriage Bill Wins in D.C. Council; New York Still Lags

    ​By a vote of 11-2 (with former Mayor Marion Barry among the minority), the Washington, D.C. city council has agreed to recognize gay marriages in the District. This isn't the end of it: procedure requires a second reading within two weeks, and then the Mayor's signature, a Congressional resol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Kristen Stewart, New Moon premiere. Twitpic via KriisStewart_. Our Man of the Week is Rudolph Giuliani. He started off with confused but belligerent comments about the KSM trial, making him look like a candidate for something. Then word leaked that he would not run for Governor, then that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Albany Gay Marriage Vote Delayed

    Gay marriage is on the special session agenda in Albany today. Earlier the Lower Hudson Journal found state senate Democratic leader John Sampson "noncommittal" on its chances in the chamber, slimly controlled by the Democrats, and now the senate has delayed the vote. Reports indicate a lack of sure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Tax Amnesty Idea Looking Better: 1 Guy Owes $19 Million

    ​When Governor Paterson included a tax amnesty program in his proposal to cut the state's $3-billion-plus budget deficit, claiming it would bring in $350 million, we thought it was rather wishful thinking. But the Albany Times-Union finds some big numbers among the top 200 state tax scofflaws ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Mayoral School Control Deal Allegedly Happening; NYU Center Bloomberg Hates Gets Bumped

    We suppose we should mention it since some people find it exciting, but the news that a "deal" is "in the works" for the state senate to renew mayoral control of the city's schools seems pretty weak tea. The parent training institute, arts advisory council, and safety committees sound more like gest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    IG: State Employees Slept, Did/Sold Drugs in Break Room/"Man Cave"

    Two state government workers, Office of General Services supervisor Louis Marciano and OGS janitor Gary Pivoda, have made an assload of overtime in recent years. Making that easier for them, the Inspector General's office alleges, was a space they'd commandeered in an Albany parking garage they nomi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Quinnipiac Poll Makes Siena Poll Look Optimistic

    Depressed by the new Siena Poll, which shows that New York hates its elected officials and itself? Try the new Quinnipiac Poll (thanks, Liz). It's even worse! 71 percent of respondents are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the state now, and 78 percent call our government "dysfunctional. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Staten Islanders to Tie Up Verrazano Bridge with Pennies on Monday

    Hey, you can have your Tea Parties -- Staten Island's having a Penny Protest! As few outside the forgotten borough noticed, the recent Albany MTA bill added a dollar to the Verrazano Bridge's $9 toll. So local "self taught artist" Scott LoBaido proposes that at noon on Monday, drivers protest the hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    "Spitzer" Joins "Paterson" on SNL

    Are we awful for enjoying the Saturday Night Live Paterson gags? They're certainly dopey, focusing as they do on Paterson's blindness, drug and sex history, and epochal unpopularity. And New Jersey! But we like dopey sketches, and are pleased that Fred Armisen has found a political character that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Albany Approves MTA Bill; Governor's Signature Expected; Fare to $2.25

    The state senate has cleared the MTA budget plan, and Governor Paterson says he will quickly sign it. The bill is lengthy, and full of legislative nuggets that will take time for the rest of us to parse. We do notice that it says the 50-cent taxi surcharge "must" be passed on to the rider -- the cab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Verrazano Bridge Toll Going Up?

    We're still waiting for the vote that is expected to pass the MTA budget compromise, which charges drivers and employers taxes and surcharges to keep the buses and trains running with just a slight increase in fares. And we hope the Dalai Lama's invocation in Albany this morning put them all in a mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    President Obama came down on the credit card companies. They're still trying to hang the socialist and elitist raps on him, but they don't seem to be sticking. Mayor Bloomberg got mad as hell about the MTA fare hike -- but didn't bother to tell his friends in Albany. His "Puppets for Educational ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Remember the epidemic years of AIDS, when infected New Yorkers fought to get into untested drug trials? People fought to get infected babies into those trials, too. Some of them, because of the nature of the trials, were given placebo drugs. Some made it, some didn't. Not much has been written about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Rockefeller Drug Law Reform Coming Up in Albany?

    This week, possibly today, the state assembly is voting on a bill that would begin in earnest the much-discussed and long-delayed reform of the Rockefeller drug laws that since the early 70s have put and kept many minor offenders in prison, which opponents say have been costly and counterproductive, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Poll: Tax Half-Millionaires, Quarter-Millionaires, and Millionaires

    Ah, the wisdom of the people: a Quinnipiac poll shows 79 percent of New York state residents approve of increasing taxes on millionaires. In fact, they approve of tax hikes on people making half a mil, and even a quarter mil, though by slimmer margins. The Albany Times-Union headlines this news "vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Marriage Equality Backers Turned Away by City

    This morning outside the city's Manhattan Marriage Bureau -- which was recently refurbished to draw tourist trade -- more than a hundred protesters expressed their displeasure with the absence of a marriage equality law in New York. Same-sex marriage gets much lip service from Democrats in Albany, b ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 28, 2009

    David Paterson and Kirsten Gillibrand: New Senator, New Scandal

    The Governor's pick is genuine machine-made royalty

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Bed-Stuy Man Kidnapped, Put in Trunk; 2 Arrested

    "Why would somebody put him inside a trunk?" asked Hamza Abdul upon learned that a 53-year-old man had been extricated from a car trunk in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Sunday. The unnamed man, who had 13 prior arrests, had apparently been nabbed on Saturday afternoon at the R & R Deli at Pacific and Albany ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Lynn Yaeger: About Last Night...

    Glorious as it was, engulfed in tears as we were, there are two distinct clouds besmirching the azure horizon -- one gigantic, one not so big. The big one: The apparent loss of the right to marry for all Americans in California. This sad, infuriating development is partially mitigated by the fact t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2008

    Albany's Reaction to Spitzer Scandal: 'What the Fuck?'

    Leave it to the governor getting caught with hookers to inject some real candor into the political discourse in Albany. When New York Observer's Azi Paybarah asked Assemblyman Richard Brodsky about whether Eliot should stay or go, the Westchester Democrat predictably punted. But when asked about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2006

    Price Your Pork

    Common Cause has crunched the numbers on the member items inserted in this year's state budget. New York County is the largest recipient, with $17 million or 33 percent of the total. Albany, Brooklyn, and Queens are next, with Nassau, the Bronx, and Suffolk also in the top ten getters. (The rankings ... More >>

  • News

    February 28, 2006

    Naturopath vs. Naturopath

    Some New York alternative healers seek government stamp of approval

  • News

    January 31, 2006

    Outing Cardinal Egan

    A priest's lawsuit alleges the Catholic Church is hiding pedophile clergy—and offers a stunning reason why

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2005

    NYC to Washington: Drop Bucks!

    The city's fair share is getting stretched thin For decades—at least since the Daily News proclaimed "Ford to City: Drop Dead" in 1975—New York City has felt shortchanged by Washington, as well as by the state government in Albany. This has emerged as a theme in the Democratic campaigns f ... More >>

  • News

    April 19, 2005

    Security on the Domestic Front

    New legislation would end exclusion of housekeepers and nannies from basic labor laws

  • News

    April 22, 2003

    Bloomberg at the Crossroads

    With a Budget That Will Define Him, Mayor Mike Pushes Pataki, Unions

  • News

    February 11, 2003

    Pataki's SUNY Shock

    Fed Up With Cuts and Hikes, Students Prep to March on Albany

  • News

    June 25, 2002

    Bloomberg's Fragile Budget

    Re-Election Year Politics Dictate Choices

  • News

    April 23, 2002

    A Defining Bloomberg

    Our Nice-Guy Mayor Makes Some Bad Budget Choices

  • News

    February 12, 2002

    New York’s Anti-Terror Express

    State Pols Ride a Troubling Crime Agenda Toward Re-Election

  • News

    June 29, 1999

    Loft Law Limbo

    Artists Fret As Albany Fiddles

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