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 >>
No one wants to read about the city charter. It's too important.
Yet, every couple of decades a mayor decides that the city's constitution requires a top-to-bottom rewriting. That's what Mike Bloomberg did in March. He's appointed a 15-member commission and told it to do anything ... More >>
It seems Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards boondoggle was getting another lawsuit just yesterday (it was in October, actually -- an appeal by local landholders whose property is being seized to make the big Brooklyn hole that was supposed to be a sports arena/shopping complex by now even bigger) ... More >>
Bruce Ratner and his Atlantic Yards project are really getting it in the neck this week. Tomorrow an appeal by landholders of the eminent domain seizure of their properties for the sports, shopping, office and residential mega-plan gets going in court. And now Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, state s ... More >>
Since Mike Bloomberg and Joel Klein do have a real record to sell, why do they insist on embellishing it? And why does every newspaper in town, now even including the New York Times, lend itself to the Department of Exaggeration's (DOE) campaign to merge the renewal of mayoral control and the re- ... More >>
News flash! The state budget that's been so trashed in the tabloids does loads of good things you've heard next to nothing about. Whenever the rich are taxed, the only media contest in town is who will howl louder -- Rupert or Mort. Both are such class enemies of their own readers that, in a budget ... More >>
There's something about a looming mayoral candidacy that makes even the mildest city comptrollers put some tough in their talk and some strut in their walk. Former comptroller Alan Hevesi got along and mostly went along with Rudy Giuliani until the mayoral election of 2001 appeared on the horizon. ... More >>
Play-by-play of Assemblymember Richard Brodsky's hearing on the new Yankees stadium project, continued from last post:
11:29 am: Brodsky and Yankees president Randy Levine are now squabbling over which documents have and haven't been provided when. Moments later, city development chief Seth Pinsky ... More >>