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Taxes

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    A Complete List of 2014 Tax Day Deals in NYC

    Those of you eagerly awaiting your refund probably have just one thing in common with others who are weeping over a hefty check to Uncle Sam: You're happy tax season is over. And per usual, this town's restaurant industry is ready to help you celebrate, with plenty o' deals for those of us who feel ... More >>

  • News

    January 8, 2014

    Education Supplement: Launch Sequence

    Gov. Cuomo's plan to give tax breaks to startups on college campuses faces high costs, uncertain outcomes

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    The New York City Smoking Age Is Officially 21 Now

    Dear smug 19-year-olds: Mayor Bloomberg has finally got your number. He has just signed a law raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. The City Council passed the legislation in October by a margin of 35 to 10. Outgoing Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Health Commiss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2013

    Looking for Votes, Rightbloggers Explore "Conservative Reform," Find Pretty Much Conservatism

    Last week rightbloggers remained occupied with the recent D.C. scandals, which some of them expect to result in the President's impeachment; they even have a March on Washington and a shady poll to give them hope. We expect they will result in some sort of impeachment, if only of certain people's ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Glafira Rosales, Master Art Scammer, Busted for Duping IRS and Selling Phony Masters

    Here's a little bit of Upper East Side intrigue: a fancy dealer took it upon herself to double down and sharply increase her profit margin by selling phony paintings and duping the Internal Revenue Service out of millions, federal prosecutors tell us. The wily Glafira Rosales allegedly hid $12.5 mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    The Fiscal Cliff Deal's Impact on New York

    Well, contrary to Mayan belief, America made it to 2013 without jumping off the fiscal cliff. Yesterday, at around 9 p.m. or so, the House passed a bill sent from the Senate by a 265-157 vote. After weeks of non-toiling, it's finally over . . . but, in more ways than none, the war has only begun.We' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Turmoils Follows Starbucks' U.K. Twitter Campaign

    A Starbucks twitter campaign in the U.K. has seriously backfired. The company recently encouraged its followers to get into the holiday spirit and use the hashtag #spreadthecheer. Instead of support, however, the effort resulted in an outpouring of tweets bashing the coffee chain's "low tax rates an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Will The Next Mayoral Race Turn Into a Fight For Taxes On The Wealthy?

    With the news that Wall Street profits are projected to hit $15 billion this year, it makes sense that the next Mayoral race in New York City will focus on the issue New York's mega-wealthy (and, if our 'Mitt Loves N.Y.' series was any indication, there are a ton of members in this exclusive income ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2012

    Big Government Doesn't Like Yoga!

    Turn up the steam in that hot yoga session because this controversy is getting hot. That was a terrible pun; I apologize. But seriously, there's a bit of a conflict going on between New York State and the yoga studios. About three years ago, Albany threatened to force yoga studio instructors to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Why Won't Mitt Romney Release His Pre-2010 Tax Returns?

    Hey, Mitt: We have to talk. I know you have a lot going on, and I know you don't have much time for me anymore: after all, I'm just your lowly, pre-2010 tax returns, so why bother with me? Maybe I should be used to this by now. You're always so swamped, Mitt, CEOing or saving the Olympics or ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Oops! City Missed $24 Million in Cell Phone Antenna Taxes

    The City Department of Finance didn't collect an estimated $24 million in cell phone antenna-related taxes because it didn't ID all the people collecting cash from antennas, Comptroller John Liu announced today. Yes, you read that correctly: because the Department of Finance didn't look at Departm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Cake Shop Takes Its Fundraising Campaign To The People

    On a recent evening, Queens resident Linda Ann Jordan sat around a candlelit table with three of her friends at the Lower East Side coffee bar/venue/record store Cake Shop. The first show by her band, Good Sports, would take place downstairs later that evening. Gesturing to a friend across the table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2012

    Mayor Bloomberg Has Eleven Homes, We Can Still Barely Pay Rent

    A few months back, Runnin' Scared covered what seems to be the biggest conundrum of the Big Apple: the fact that rents are higher than ever (averaging a solid $3,418 a month) yet no one is leaving the island. Actually, recent years have shown a huge increase in Manhattan newcomers, raising the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    New Yorkers Don't Like Occupy Wall Street or The Tea Party: Poll

    It's a pollapalooza! Shortly after a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute came out identifying New Yorkers' hatred of indoor smoking and love of bike shares, yet more info has come out detailing voters' tastes.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Man Enjoys Pleasuring Himself to Lady Liberty

    ​There is a man in Arizona who has a certain liking for the famous statue that welcomes the world's tired and weary into New York City. At least, in its human form. Arizona man Kevin Robert Theriault (why do public masturbators always have three names?) "repeatedly exposed himself and masturba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Grimaldi's Faces Eviction, Looks to Manhattan

    Could the last pie be nigh?​With a line outside the door that stretches down the street, you wouldn't expect the famed pizza place to have trouble paying its rent, but apparently that's exactly the case at Grimaldi's. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the pizzeria has received an evict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Tea Partiers Have Rappers Too

    Rule number one for your rally: have a rapper. Have two even. Doesn't even matter what your rally is for. Anti-death penalty? Sure. Indigenous workers' rights? Definitely. Pirate radio? Have 'em spit on air. Old white person tax protest? You know it, bro! Why rappers are the universal currency at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2010

    Free Tax Preparation and Online Filing

    ​If you make less than $58,000/yr, the city has set up a site where you can file online for free here. If you make under $42,000/yr, call the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at 1 (800) 829-1040 to find an assistance site where they'll help you prepare your return. If you're over 60 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Thomas DiNapoli, State Comptroller: Tax Take Down, Wall Street Bonuses Up, Pension Fund Healthier

    ​State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reports that New York sales tax revenue went down last year by 5.9 percent versus 2008. And city sales tax collection declined even in the spender's paradise of New York City, by the same percentage. (It was worse elsewhere: in the Lower Hudson Valley collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Vox Pop Has Opened Its Doors Again, Thanks to an Unlikely Savior

    Vox Pop, now re-open for business.​ In mid-December, Vox Pop was shuttered by the tax man for non-payment of back taxes. Debi Ryan, the proprietor of the Ditmas Park coffee house and community center, told Fork in the Road that she wouldn't be able to re-open until she came up with $10,000 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Ex-Councilman Miguel Martinez Gets Five Years

    ​Former Washington Heights City Councilman Miguel Martinez was sentenced to five years in prison this afternoon for stealing more than $100,000 in funds that were intended for non-profit groups in his district. He pleaded guilty to criminal corruption charges after resigning abruptly from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2009

    Kelo outcome shows Atlantic Yards risk

    The outcome of New York's embattled eminent domain development projects is called into question by the economic development project which made them possible. The Pfizer research facility at the center of the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision is closing, taking over 1,400 jobs with it. The 5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Staten Island Pol Gets Real Estate Taxes Frozen; Staten Islanders Attack Pol, Russians, Etc.

    One thing we love about our Staten Island paisans: they aren't easily appeased, especially by politicians. Today the Staten Island Advance gave credit to local assemblymember Janele Hyer-Spencer -- last noted here for winning funds for a new community center, and thus stirring up Staten Island's st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Bloomberg, Quinn Agree on Budget; Sales Tax Up, Luxury Taxes Out

    Mayor Bloomberg and city council speaker Christine Quinn announce that they have come to terms, and declare the $59.4 billion 2010 city budget balanced, despite an anticipated decline of nearly $5 billion in tax revenue (which tracks closely with what the IBO predicted in its report last month). Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    More Lousy Poll Numbers for Paterson; NYers Split on Gays, Fuzzy on Gillibrand

    We're not sure why they even bother to poll Governor Paterson's popularity lately. Why not wait a few months at least, so we can hope to be surprised? Anyway today's findings from Siena find Paterson with a 12 percent job performance rating. Only 27 percent view him favorably, and "someone else" is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Flash! Albany Working on MTA Plan

    Albany lawmakers are behind closed doors, working on an MTA plan. A taxi surcharge and payroll taxes are among the remedies they're considering. Paterson's calling for "action." His new wrinkle is to offer constituents reimbursement of the payroll tax to their school districts -- a typical Albany Ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Weiner Steps Up War Against Smoking, For Profit

    Between the recent jump in taxes on city-sold cigarettes and Congress' bill to put the FDA in charge of tobacco products, smokers have been getting it in the neck lately, and some may consider buying their smokes tax-free online to save a few bucks. Anthony Weiner wants to put a stop to that. He is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Cuomo Calls For Tax Revolt

    With the state budget a mess, you may be sympathetic to the idea of soaking the rich, who are plentiful hereabouts. But Governor Paterson is nervous about raising taxes on them, and there's more than one reason. Andrew Cuomo, widely considered to be Paterson's primary competition in 2010, is latel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Bloomberg Asks Gov for Money; Other Mayors Content with Taxes, Fines

    After the "withdrawal" of Bloomberg ally Caroline Kennedy, and slightly in advance of leaks that Kirsten Gillibrand would go to the Senate instead, Governor Paterson caught some flak from Mayor Bloomberg. Bloomberg complained about the $646 million that the Paterson cut from state funds to the city, ... More >>

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    October 8, 2008
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    September 17, 2008
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    August 30, 2007
  • News

    August 8, 2006

    Waiting for Reinforcements

    The fighting won't end: Gearing up for another wave of homeless vets

  • News

    January 10, 2006

    Bloomberg Boots Yankee Stats

    City's own figures show that the new Bronx stadium would be a money pit

  • News

    September 20, 2005

    A Storm of GOP Proposals

    Rita in Washington? Pass the tax cuts, please

  • News

    January 18, 2005
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    September 28, 2004

    Bush Was Born a Ramblin' Man

    President gets perkier, but still careens toward incoherent

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2004
  • News

    December 2, 2003

    Blacks on Bloomberg

    Leaders Offer a Surprising Mix of Praise and Put-Down

  • News

    May 6, 2003

    Way to Go, Joe

    Bruno Dumps Pataki, Sticks With Union Allies

  • News

    April 29, 2003
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    January 7, 2003
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    December 10, 2002

    Merit Mike Makes Hard Choices

    Bloomy Champions Services, Rejects No-Tax-Hike Orthodoxy

  • News

    July 16, 2002
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    March 13, 2001
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    August 15, 2000

    Platform to Nowhere

    Democrats Offer Few Specifics on Major Issues

  • News

    August 1, 2000

    Church Man

    Shrub Clears the Way for Christian America

  • Long Island Voice

    October 5, 1999
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    September 21, 1999
  • News

    October 6, 1998

    Pataki's Pap

    The make-believe governor spins his boomtime fantasy

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