Several of New York City's mayoral hopefuls released their tax returns or reported their 2012 income this week to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Below is a quick breakdown of what the candidates made in 2012 by sector, though the figures for Sal Albanese, Anthony Weiner (who hasn't form ... More >>
The New York Institute of Technology and Cardean Learning, a for-profit online education company, will have to pay back $4 million for orchestrating a scheme to suck federal funds out of unsuspecting students, according to court documents obtained by the Voice. NYIT, a not-for-profit college with a ... More >>
Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," Michelangelo's "David," and a lap dance from some stripper named "Cinnamon" could all soon have something in common -- each could be considered "art" here in the Empire State.Let's rephrase that: they could all be tax-exempt "art" in the Empire State.New York's highest court ... More >>
Good news for the nutritionally challenged: you'll soon no longer need fingers to get food stamps.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that the wheels are in motion to do away with a policy that requires food stamp recipients to submit their fingerprints to the government. The policy is considered ... More >>
In the capricious, confusing, volatile world of contemporary American politics, at least one thing can be counted on these days: for better or for worse, a lot of people still think Barack Obama is a socialist. So you might wonder what socialists think about Obama. If the official reaction to Ob ... More >>
The White House just sent out a Fact Sheet titled "Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future - The President's Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction." Here's a word cloud showing the repetitive language shown through out.
The city announced a plan today to transform part of the Brooklyn Municipal Building in downtown Brooklyn into 49,000 feet of retail space. Which part? The Department of Finance, which is relocating somewhere else to make room for the new mall. The developer is United American Land, and they ... More >>
In order to come to a resolution on a new debt ceiling, Congress has been working around the clock. "Around the clock" for Congress means they are just taking a shorter vacation, but still, coming to an agreement on this issue has become paramount in lawmakers' eyes. Obama thinks that if the ... More >>
David ShankboneIn 2009, a landmark state appeals court ruling found that the owners of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village had illegally deregulated 4,400 apartments while enjoying special tax breaks from the city. Its impact wasn't quite clear; no one was sure what the legal rents of those apartme ... More >>
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Those looking for the passion missing from the Democratic and White House response to the demands of the GOP/Wall Street/Murdoch media coalition, should tune in to the one man rebel band now playing in Washington named Bernie Sanders. The 69-year-old independent senator from Vermont let loose ... More >>
It's been six weeks since New York's state government raised the cigarette tax to $4.35 a pack (more in NYC), and guess what? Cigarette sales have fallen by 35 percent. And the tax hike has translated to only $6 million more in revenue since last month. The reason? New York smokers are broke! Or ... More >>
The Supreme Court ruled today that California's publicly financed Hastings College of Law has the right to deny recognizing a Christian students group that discriminated against homosexual students. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the University of California was within its rights not to re ... More >>
voxefxtm/FlickrIn March, Governor Paterson announced plans to ditch his soda tax, thanks to $1.3 billion of federal stimulus money. But the soda tax is apparently still alive and well, and living under an assumed name: it's now called the modified sugar-sweetened beverage tax.
As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Hungover Happy Hour Trivia Night Housing Works Used Book Café April 12, 7 p.m. Bring your friends or make new ones at this trivia night for a great cause. Ther ... More >>
The Governor hears out Coke & Pepsi.Gov. David Paterson is not known for his moral character, but could he have let Big Soda sway him on the soda tax debate? Despite campaigning aggressively in favor of a penny-per-ounce tax on the price of soda and other sugary drinks, Paterson recently met ... More >>
Governor Paterson gave his annual State of the State speech, and although there were some of the grim zingers to which we've grown accustomed to hearing from him -- "The days of running New York like a payday loan operation must come to an end" is our favorite -- he mostly boosted the state ("New Y ... More >>
Poor Helmer Toro, owner of the legendary H&H Bagels, can't seem to stay out of trouble. In summer 2008 we noted some of his legal and financial woes, including a $2.335 million property lien brought against him by the IRS. Toro had previously been accused of shunting some of his tax liability to a q ... More >>
This just hasn't been a good week for Bruce Ratner, the Nets owner who'd rather be the Nets' landlord. First, he unveils a new vision of his much-derided Atlantic Yards arena plan — now with more metal mesh! — and gets slammed by Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff for cr ... More >>
The Mets are having such a bad year, their rotten luck has trickled down to ex-Mets as well. In July Lenny Dykstra declared bankruptcy, and now Jerry Koosman, hero of the 1969 Miracle Mets, has been sentenced to six months in prison for tax evasion. Koosman failed to pay taxes for three year ... More >>
The city is going to press Albany this week to reinstate the film tax break that made New York such a popular location shoot in recent years. When the money ran out this year, so did producers; NBC Universal's Jeff Zucker said in February that "television companies that made 19 pilots for programs l ... More >>
Tax-and-spend Democratic rule is great! says the Daily News, which reckons that the President's recently-announced budget is "Christmas in February for New York." They say aid to "low-income, working families afford child care will effectively double," and so will food stamps, and block grants to ... More >>
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 >>
(art courtesy of cnn.com)CNN's Sean Callebs is spending a month living on food stamps in an interesting fusion of recession coverage, foodie blog, and CNN kookiness (if you've ever watched American Morning, you'll know what I mean). In Louisiana, where Callebs lives and works, one out of every six ... More >>
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