Citizens Budget Commission

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Central Park Five Settlement: From a Tough on Crime Era to an Era of Reconciliation

    On Thursday, the men wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape and assault of a jogger in Central Park agreed to a $40 million settlement with the city. The amount corresponds to the roughly 40 total years the men, known Collectively as the "Central Park Five," spent in prison after their conviction. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Former Exec VP Joe Lhota Has Deep Ties to Madison Square Garden's 30-Year Tax Break

    In between his roles as Giuliani's "Rat Czar" and the MTA's chairman, mayoral candidate and Republican frontrunner Joe Lhota spent his days at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. For five years, he was an executive vice president of Cablevision; then, in 2010, he was named the chief administrative officer at Madi ... More >>

  • News

    December 26, 2012

    The Rat Czar Plots His Ascent

    After less than a year, Joe Lhota bails on the MTA, jumps for the gravy train

  • Columns

    January 19, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Mike Bloomberg Draws Praise for the Same Budget Decisions That Reap Tabloid Ridicule for Shelly Silver

    The recently passed Bloomberg and state legislative budgets each contained precisely the same, optimistic assumption that New York would get hundreds of millions of additional federal Medicaid funds even though the bill to provide the windfall was stalled in Congress. The Daily News said Bloomber ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Mike Bloomberg Gets Mixed Report Card on Massive Spending

    ​Mike Bloomberg met Diana Taylor at a luncheon of the Citizens Budget Commission, a business group known for its salty independence and telling assessments of city budgets. Diana was a trustee, and Bloomberg became a fan of the group almost as quickly as he became Diana's number one fan, all w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Joe Scarborough Goes Crazy for Rudy Giuliani (And We Mean Crazy)

    ​Too much Starbucks pushed Mornin' Joe Scarborough into a full-throated, looney-tunes, rant this week in defense of our own local heroes Rudy Giuliani and Bernie Kerik. It's been exhilarating to see Rudy back on a national TV tour lately, reminding us what an expert we had in City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    New Yorkers Play Santa, Bestow $12K Each on People Who Don't Even Work Here Anymore!

    Oh look at the sweet Christmas gifts your taxes bought!​Christmas is coming a little early for certain New Yorkers, thanks to your taxes. Once again, the state is handing out cash bonuses of $12,000 each to thousands of police officers and firefighters who don't even work for the city anymore ... More >>

  • News

    July 10, 2007

    NYPD Green

    Bad boys on the job, bad boys on the job; whatcha gonna do when they won't pay you? Go to arbitration.

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2006

    NYC 2030: Bloomberg Sees Green

    He sees trees of green, red roses, too. . . When the 1939 World's Fair departed Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, it left something behind: a time capsule buried 50-feet below ground, designated to be opened in the year 6939. Inside are microfilm rolls and newsreel footage, as well as 124 objects in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2005

    Lunch with Pataki

    It was fitting, really, that at yesterday's lunch sponsored by the fiscally conservative Citizens Budget Commission, there wasn't an excess of dressing on the salad. It was also fitting that the guest of honor, Gov. George Pataki, could say the following two sentences virtually in the same breath: " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2005

    Mayor's Brave Face on Cop Raises

    Fuzzy math on a big award for the Finest New York City's cops just won a pretty juicy raise from a state arbitration board, but not according to City Hall. In a statement, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office says the 10 percent raise over two years is "consistent with the City's pattern for collective ... More >>

  • News

    January 27, 2004

    Where Credit Is Due

    Council Plan Helps Landlords Do the Right Thing

  • News

    December 10, 2002

    Merit Mike Makes Hard Choices

    Bloomy Champions Services, Rejects No-Tax-Hike Orthodoxy

  • News

    November 26, 2002

    The Other Budget Culprit

    Giuliani's Role in Fiscal Woes

  • News

    April 23, 2002

    A Defining Bloomberg

    Our Nice-Guy Mayor Makes Some Bad Budget Choices

  • News

    December 11, 2001

    Rudy's Gift to Mike

    A Fiscal Legacy That Will Haunt the Bloomberg Years

  • News

    October 30, 2001

    Firefighter Chic

    Blue-Collar Reality and the Folk Hero Archetype

  • News

    March 13, 2001

    Hevesi Versus McCall

    Two Comptrollers Take Wildly Divergent Positions on Rudy’s Fiscal Follies

  • News

    February 20, 2001

    The Reflective Rudy

    Mayor Savors His $3 Million Book of Dish: Celebrates Valentine's Day With Tina, Judi, and the Legion of Decency

  • News

    April 27, 1999

    Giuliani Jihad

    Rudy's Budget Blows Up CUNY, Board of Ed, and Youth Programs