New York Public Interest Research Group

  • 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 >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Good Job! New York State Lawmakers Only Violated Campaign Finance Law 103,805 Times in Two Years

    Seems like you can't walk down an Albany sidewalk without stumbling over a lawmaker charged with graft these days, but the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) put out a report yesterday that shows how widely the system is failing. According to the report, New York state lawmakers have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    DEC Hired Fracking Lobby for $50 Million to Assess...Fracking?

    Update: See statement from the DEC, and a letter from E&E explaining its relationship to IOGANY, at the bottom. New York State might just have to scrap the latest draft of its environmental impact study on hydraulic fracturing. The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and state lawmake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Ultimate Fighting Championship Courting Andrew Cuomo Hard ($105K Hard); See Gov's Top Donors Right Here

    The New York Public Integrity Research Group has crunched the numbers for Governor Andrew Cuomo's top political donors, and it turns out the human punching bags at Ultimate Fighting Championship are amongst the top contributors to the gov's re-election campaign.And why does that matter? Well, the UF ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    New York Politicians Spent Nearly $50,000 On Cigars Since 2008

    Bill Clinton's not the only politician who likes a good cigar...Since 2008, New York politicians have spent nearly $50,000 on cigars and other tobacco products, a new study from the New York Public Research Group.The study, first provided by the group to the New York Daily News, finds that state law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    State Senator Michael Gianaris on Redistricting: 'We're Not Going To Stand for It'

    After a lot of back-and-forth and a fair amount of confusion about when the state's redrawn district maps might actually be released, the new state Senate lines came out today. This is it! After months of talk and hearings, these are the new political lines that the state task force charged with r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    M50 Bus Wins "Slower Than a Lawnmower" Acclaim

    According to this year's annual "Pokey" award, the slowest local bus route in New York City is the M50, which travels crosstown on 49th and 50th Streets between First and Twelfth Avenues, clocking in at just 3.5 miles per hour at noon on a weekday, according to Straphangers Campaign staff and volunt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Right-Wing Sites Succumb To Silly Occupy Wall Street Conspiracies

    A wave of reports "exposing" the secret liberal money behind the Wall Street occupation has been cresting over the right-wing blogosphere, which has been at a loss to explain how a movement of dumb dirty hippies has managed to build up attention and support rather than explode or fade away. The answ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    NYC Subway Payphones Don't Work Anyway

    ​Maybe we can only speak for ourselves, but it feels like modern brains and eyes fail to even register the existence of payphones, let alone their functionality. Nonetheless, the New York Public Interest Research Group's Straphangers Campaign, which advocates for transportation improvements, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Today in El Diario: 7 Train Least Gross?

    ​7 train said to be least gross Maria Medrano Arevalo's eyes were wide with surprise, according to the Spanish-language daily.  "I can't believe somebody thought that the 7 train is the cleanest of all the train lines," she told the paper, referring to a recent survey that found the 7 to be ... More >>

  • News

    November 10, 2010
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    October 1, 2010

    Westway, the Highway That Tried to Eat New York, Defeated 25 Years Ago This Week

    ​The Saw Mill, the Bronx River, and parts of the FDR were closed due to flooding this morning thanks to the monsoon that kicked in before dawn. But the West Side Highway, a.k.a. the Joe DiMaggio? Traffic is flowing fine there, thanks in large part because we never built Westway, the crazed mul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Transit Bigs, Facing Crisis, Stage Spitting Olympics

    Daily News​The only thing more remarkable than the fact that some bus drivers needed sixty days off to pull themselves together after catching a gob of New York spit from unhinged passengers, is that there are no known recent instances of bus-driver-on-passenger homicides. Any number of killi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Democrats Taking Over New York? Hell No, Says the GOP

    ​Democrats are on the rise in New York, says the New York Public Interest Research Group, which released a report with all kinds of interesting political statistics today.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Straphangers Award "Pokeys" for Slowest Buses; M42, B63 Big Winners

    The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives have announced their eighth annual Pokey Awards for the city's slowest buses, and the surprise winner is the M42 that lumbers between the Javits Center and First Avenue on 42nd Street. By the sponsors' calculations, the M42 achieves a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    YankeesGate? SeriesGate? Paterson Tries for Free Tix, Scandal Erupts

    Albany's such a mess. Now Fred Dicker at the Post reveals that Governor Paterson "secretly solicited five free tickets to last week's World Series opener, in apparent violation of the state ethics law..." But the cover-up, as always, is worse than the crime: A Paterson spokesman claimed the Yankee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    As Appeal Goes Forward, MTA Hit With New Atlantic Yards Suit

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Seminerio Pays Legal Bills with Campaign Funds

    Queens Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, indicted in September for extreme patronage, has been paying his legal bills with campaign money, reports the New York Daily News. But don't get too excited -- it's perfectly legal, or so his campaign treasurer tells the News and the sputtering response of a NYP ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Staten Island's Molinari to Sue Over Term Limits

    Everybody wants to get in on the act. First, lawsuits were announced against Bloomberg's term-limits overturn by a group of schoolteachers and by Councilmembers Tish James and Bill de Blasio; then Malcolm Smith said the State Senate would consider a bill requiring term limits be put to a referendum; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008
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    October 15, 2008

    Obama's New York Days Recalled in Plenty

    Plenty magazine has a long article about Barack Obama's environmentalist history, including his stint at NYPIRG, when the future Presidential candidate made $200 a week and worked out of a sketchy trailer at City College. Colleagues recall him as driven but diffused: "I don't think he really saw the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    For 3rd Term, Bloomberg Will Face Ethics Charges, Spend $80-100 Million (or More!)

    A Quinnipiac poll says most New Yorkers approve of Mayor Bloomberg's term limits overthrow, but that isn't stopping Common Cause and NYPIRG from filing a complaint with the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board, charging that Bloomberg violated Section 2604(b)(2) of the conflicts code (the part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2008
  • News

    April 8, 2008

    Living the Political Life Fantastic

    Surf, turf, and doughnuts: A state senator dines out on his campaign war chest

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    A Parade, a Primary, and a Giant Absence of Voter Calls

    Al Schwendtner, a volunteer at the NYPIRG voter complaint hotline, reaches for a rare call on Super Tuesday. The hotline only had 120 calls by noon. As a raucous crowd celebrated the Giants’ Superbowl win in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday morning, Cathy Soll sat in a basement office a half-block away ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Congestion Pricing Panel Named

    According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Pedicab Smackdown: City Council Defies Bloomberg, Reins in 'Green Transport'

    Pedicabbers rode over the Brooklyn Bridge Friday, April 20. The Council's new law bans them from bike paths on city bridges. Photos by Sarah Ferguson Monday's vote in the City Council to sharply rein in the burgeoning pedicab industry was both predictable and dispiriting, given Mayor Bloomberg’ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2006

    Pricing the Pols: How Much for a Beep?

    It's likely that New York City might someday have a mayor who can't afford to turn down the $195,000 annual salary that municipal law awards for the job, which Mayor Bloomberg performs for only a dollar a year. Mayor Mike is clearly under-compensated. The question is: Would his full-salaried success ... More >>

  • News

    December 13, 2005

    The History of Rudy

    Giuliani's files are (mostly) back in public hands. Why did they leave in the first place?

  • News

    November 22, 2005

    Vote of No Confidence

    New York shows up late in national push for clean voting

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2005

    Pro-Union Council Gives Labor Their Bill

    With organized labor pushing hard for the legislation, the city council voted today in favor of a bill narrowing restrictions on labor unions' contributions to political candidates. Passage of the bill marks the first time in the 17-year history of the city's Campaign Finance Board that a rule has b ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2005

    Stopping a Stadium

    Heroes had different motives, but they shared scorn for the Jets deal

  • News

    April 26, 2005

    The Big Money

    No longer an unknown, the mayor still holds a billion-dollar advantage

  • News

    April 12, 2005

    Russell Simmons, Tax Man

    Hip-hop mogul helps young and broke get refunds—for a price

  • News

    May 25, 2004

    A Sleeping Class

    Young Americans fight for every cause but their own. Wake up, already.

  • News

    December 30, 2003

    Getting Better All the Time

    Inside New York's Quiet Success Stories

  • News

    August 26, 2003

    Primary Colors

    Activists Fear Nonparty Elections Will Quash the Minority Vote

  • News

    May 20, 2003

    Transit Hurrah

    The People Who Stood Up to the MTA Bullies

  • News

    February 11, 2003

    Pataki's SUNY Shock

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

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    September 17, 2002

    SUNY, Inc.

    The Decline of Higher Ed Under Pataki

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    September 10, 2002

    Lead Poison Legacy?

    Councilmember Dilan No Help on 'Lead Belt' Relief

  • News

    September 10, 2002

    The Unkindest Cuts

    Lost Jobs Tough to Recycle

  • News

    September 4, 2001

    Help for Voters

    Beating NYC’s Troubled System

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    August 14, 2001

    The King of Queens

    Will the Peter Principle Snag Peter Vallone?

  • News

    November 9, 1999

    Bugging Out

    Pesticide Fighters Bite Back Over Mosquito Spraying

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    October 26, 1999

    The Five Percent Solution

    Fraction of Voters to Decide on Rudy's Referendum

  • News

    June 8, 1999

    Peter's Poisoned Pen

    Will Vallone Write a Sickening Lead-Paint Bill to Please Landlords?

  • News

    February 9, 1999

    West Village, R.I.P.

    Developers target a legendary neighborhood's last open spaces

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    July 21, 1998

    The Harding Boys

    Gt a gd jb wth no trng

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