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    August 7, 2014

    Democratic Candidate Zephyr Teachout Calls Cuomo's Residency Challenge To Her Campaign "Baseless"

    There's still some debate about how long one must live here before they're considered a true New Yorker: Ten years? Twenty? But for the purposes of running for governor of the state, it's clear: You have to have lived here for five years. It's on those grounds that Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign i ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014
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    December 12, 2012

    What The Fiscal Cliff Means For New York

    New Year's Eve is a night to reflect on the year that's past. It's a night to commit to a resolution you'll never follow, a night to face the next year with a massive hangover and a night to over-plan and over-commit to. And, for Washington, it's a night to jump off the fiscal cliff.As soon as ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 10, 2012

    New York's Not Exactly "Open For Business": Report

    Governor Andrew Cuomo earned a big, fat D in a recent grading of his fiscal policies by the Libertarian Cato Institute.This, of course, comes as the governor has declared New York "open for business."Cuomo's D  -- on a scale of A through F -- might have a little bit to do with a different group ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    AG Eric Schneiderman Continues Crusade Against Small Tobacco

    ​New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman apparently is on a mission to rid the state of roll-your-own cigarette businesses, and today he's got another victim in his cross hairs.Schneiderman has filed a federal lawsuit against a business near Syracuse that was running an operation similar to th ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Eric Schneiderman Takes On Small Tobacco; AG's Office Suing Two Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Businesses

    ​Bad news, hipsters...Apparently out of bigger fish to fry, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman -- in cahoots with New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cordoza -- has set his sights on small tobacco; he's filed lawsuits against two roll-your-own cigarette businesses in New York City f ... More >>

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    February 26, 2012

    Bloomberg and Diaz Jr. Write Op-Ed In Favor of Fresh Direct's Move To The Bronx

    ​Mayor Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. weighed in on the Fresh Direct controversy stewing in the Bronx in a New York Daily News op-ed Sunday. Writing in favor of Fresh Direct's move to the South Bronx the two politicians tried to assuage critics' fears over the damage the ... More >>

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    February 5, 2012

    Mayor Bloomberg On Meet The Press: Economy, Guns And Parades

    Mayor Bloomberg appeared on a Super Bowl-themed Meet The Press segment this morning, and sounded off on topics like increasing taxes for the wealthy, his Mayors Against Illegal Guns Super Bowl ad and the potential for an Iraq War veterans' parade in the city. Paired with Indiana Governor Mitch Danie ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Billionaire's March Occupies the Upper East Side

    ​Yesterday at noon, protesters gathered at 59th Street and 5th Avenue (just across the street from the Plaza Hotel) for the Billionaire's March, a picket of the homes of five of New York's richest men: Rupert Murdoch, David Koch, Howard Milstein, Jamie Dimon, and John Paulson. Separate from ye ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    House Republicans Give Unemployed the Finger

    ​Almost 100,000 unemployed New Yorkers whose unemployment benefits are expiring will have a very not-so-merry Christmas this year now that House Republicans have killed a proposed $56 billion benefits extension, the Daily News says.

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    November 17, 2010

    Mike Bloomberg's Foundation Growing -- in Cayman Islands

    ​Mike Bloomberg's idea of charity still stops at U.S. taxpayers. The latest filings for the mega-foundation run by New York's richest resident shows that he pumped a whopping $420 million last year into his do-gooder operation - cue the cheers! -- while parking $75 million in offshore tax have ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Biggest Rival Won't Be the G.O.P.

    It's Shelly Silver and the old-school Dems in his race to Governor

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    April 6, 2010

    David Paterson vs. Philip Morris: A Great American Smokeout

    ​In today's battle of greater and lesser evils.... On one side, we have Altria (the pleasantly named yet clearly partial parent company of Philip Morris, which sells products that are proven to kill people). On the other, there's the Paterson team.

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    March 11, 2010

    The Week of New York's Free Nicotine Fix: Reasons to Sign Up That Don't Involve Quitting Smoking

    ​Do you smoke? Doesn't matter. You should register for New York City's free patch and gum program going on for the next two weeks. Not because you're going to quit -- because, let's face it: you won't -- but because it's there for the taking. To be clear:

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    February 19, 2010

    Pedro Espada Jr.: No One's More Loyal -- to Landlords

    By Sara Gates Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. defected from the Democrats and then defected from the Republicans during last year's Albany madness, but he'll always be loyal to his landlord pals. Last month, Espada launched a trial balloon for legislation that would ostensibly "freeze rent ... More >>

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    February 13, 2010

    Harold Ford Definitely Plans to File His First NY Tax Return

    ​Turns out one of the things Harold Ford is planning to learn in his getting to know you tour of the state he wants to represent in the Senate is what it feel like to file his taxes here. Gawker got confirmation yesterday from Ford spokeswoman Tammy Sun that the would-be junior New York Senato ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    "Advocate" Tells Congress: Make Taxpayers Happier So They'll Pay More

    ​We didn't know there was such a thing as a National Taxpayer Advocate, but apparently her name is Nina E. Olson, and she has reported to Congress that the IRS has some customer service issues that should be corrected. That excited us, because our number one issue is that they take too much f ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Ditmas Park Mainstay Vox Pop Seized by the Tax Man

    ​ It looks like Vox Pop's voice has been silenced: yesterday afternoon, the Ditmas Park coffee shop was seized by the tax man for non-payment of back taxes. Ditmas Park Blog received reports of patrons being asked to leave by the cops, who then slapped the red badge of shame on the shop's Bob ... 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

    October 29, 2009

    City Repeals Tax on Freelancers -- But Albany Hits 'Em With Another

    ​Last week the Freelancer's Union sent an email encouraging its 75,000 members to go out and stump for Michael Bloomberg's reelection campaign. "Will you join us?" asked Union president Sara Horowitz, who said she'd be volunteering personally. The group is supporting Bloomberg because earlier ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Barrett: Bloomberg's Hypocrisy On View in Ad Slamming Thompson

    It was a sports weekend on the Barrett tube and my only companion, throughout the hours of playoff baseball, was Bill Thompson. Not his ad, of course, but the latest one Mayor Mike has on every channel endlessly about Thompson, railing about the comptroller's supposed flip-flop on a millionaire's ... More >>

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    May 30, 2009

    Atlantic Yards Combatants Finally Forced To Sit Through State Senate Hearing

    The footprint. Image via Atlantic Yards or Atlantic Lots. Yesterday was the long-awaited — like, six years long — first state legislative hearing on Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, with State Senator Bill Perkins convening his Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    IBO Finds NYC Budget About $1 Billion Worse Than Mayor Does (Updated)

    Mayor Bloomberg's getting really creative in his attempts in stim the city's failing economy: today he, Anna Wintour, Vera Wang and others announce that they'll hold "Fashion's Night Out" on Thursday, September 10, and call on rag traders "to keep their doors open late." They claim over 100 stores ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    A City Income Tax Cut?

    About 700,000 city residents live in households that earn less than $45,000 a year. Those households aren't required to pay state or federal income tax, but they still have to pay income tax in the city.Looking for ways to stimulate spending in a recession, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, alon ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    City Offers 50% Tax Refund Match to Poor Folks

    If you earn less than $20,000 a year, or are part of a family earning less than $45,000 a year, congratulations -- first, because you're somehow able to survive in New York on that, and second, because you're eligible for a $aveNYC account. Mayor Bloomberg offers you a place to put your tax refund, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Roger Kimball, Runnin' Scared Endorse Riots

    While the Times focuses on Iraq and Caroline Kennedy and the Daily News bids us "heat up with these steamy celebrity swimsuit moments," the Post takes a lonely populist angle on our recent wave of taxes and fare hikes. Under the title MORE HELL! it decries the recent "one-two punch to the gut of cas ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Gov's New Tax Targets Include iTunes, Taxis, and Movies

    Governor Paterson and state budget director Laura Anglin have turned in a $121.1 billion budget for next year, which despite trimming is still $1.3 billion higher than last year's. Details are emerging, but as predicted, cuts in education, health care, and the state workforce -- which Paterson has p ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Health Officials Defend Soda Tax, May "Look At" Pizza, Cheeseburgers

    Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services Joe Baker and State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines held a press conference this afternoon to discuss the Governor's proposed 18 percent "obesity" tax on non-diet soda and fruit "drinks" containing less than 70 percent real fruit juice. Though ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    Governor's Plan: Tax Soda Pop, Indian Smokes

    The Governor's preparing to announce some new taxes to shorten the budget gap. and the Times notices "one element that Mr. Paterson left out of his budget was any broad-based tax increase affecting people in higher income brackets," though he is expected to dun purchasers of "furs and boats," which ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    September 1, 2008

    13th District Candidates Have "Conversations" on WABC

    WABC held two brief "conversations" with the Democratic and Republican candidates for the 13th District Congressional seat, shortly to be vacated by the scandalized Vito Fossella. Eyewitness News' Diana Williams and Tom Wrobleski of the Staten Island Advance did the questioning. First up: Democrat ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008

    Yankees to City: What’s Another $350M Between Friends?

    What? This stadium just isn't good enough? Next time you're tempted to conclude that New York's state legislature is entirely useless, remember this: State Assemblymember Richard Brodsky broke the news on Tuesday that the Yankees are looking to get an additional $350 million in city tax-exempt bon ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007

    Joe Bruno and the IRS

    Call it Troopergate, Choppergate, or the The Dirty Tricks scandal, as the New York Post has taken to calling it lately, but no matter what the name, state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno's questionable use of state aircraft is a story that might stick around longer than Gov. Spitzer's ham-handed in ... More >>

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    January 18, 2007

    Bloomberg's Cash-Back Plan for Poor

    Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City speech yesterday was long on tax cuts for the well-heeled ($1 billion to slash property taxes 5 percent and ditch sales taxes on high-priced clothing), but mostly mum about the "more than 30 programs" he'd promised were in the works for fighting the city's still-h ... More >>

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    December 15, 2005

    Yuan, Me, and the Mayor Makes 3

    During the 2005 mayoral campaign the BIG ISSUE no candidate talked about was the looming $4.5 billion gap in the budget due next summer. But that big issue keeps getting smaller and smaller. Last month City Hall said increased tax revenues had shrunk the gap to $2.25 billion, and today the Comptroll ... More >>

  • News

    September 20, 2005

    Mayor Mike Makes His Case

    A feisty Bloomberg sells his record on schools, health, crime, budget & jobs

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    August 23, 2005

    Weiner & The Rating Game

    Today's Post disputes Anthony Weiner's claim on the tax-cutter mantle by citing the low ratings he's received from a number of anti-tax groups. What about some of Anthony's other ratings? The American Conservative Union—the gold standard for the hard right—has Weiner at 8 percent lifetime ... More >>

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    July 26, 2005

    The Shel Game

    Silver and his Albany pals mint hundreds of millions in corporate handouts without anybody noticing

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    April 11, 2005

    A Ground Zero Wish List

    It's this simple: If New York City reduces business taxes, extends not only the LIRR but also the Metro North to lower Manhattan, cracks down on street vendors, creates cheaper options for parking cars in the financial district, restricts truck deliveries in the area to non-business hours, hardens u ... More >>

  • News

    November 16, 2004

    The Times' Sweetheart Deal

    The paper gets huge subsidy, then sells old headquarters building for a huge profit

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    November 9, 2004

    The Jets' End Run

    Will Bloomberg and Pataki spend billions without legislative approval?

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    August 17, 2004
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    June 22, 2004

    Million-Dollar Tax Dodge

    We did it for you, senator: special care and handling for Velella's deadbeat pal

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    December 30, 2003
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    November 4, 2003

    The Man Who Would Be Kings

    Wannabe 'Brooklyn Nets' Owner Ratner Already Is a Man for All Subsidies

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    April 1, 2003

    Dollar Dissent

    Tax Resisters Chip Away at Bush's War Chest

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    August 28, 2001

    The Battle of 2016

    Progressives and Bush’s Wall Street Go to War Over Your Social Security Benefits

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    March 27, 2001

    The Mystery Candidate

    Hevesi Separates Himself From Rudy, Attaches Himself to UFT

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    May 18, 1999

    Train Runs Over Rudy

    Mayor Stands Up For City, Gets Clobbered By Runaway Commuter Tax Cut

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