The Committee to Save New York is not the only lobbying group active in New York whose donors remains shielded from public scrutiny. These groups have special superpowers denied charitable organizations, whose contributions are tax deductible but are barred from the political fray.
You might notice more schoolchildren running around today, thanks to this little-known holiday. Here’s the story behind it.
The Bloomberg Administration told a judge yesterday that it will not appeal a court injunction against the mayor’s move to license livery cars for street hails in the outer boroughs and add up to 2,000 more taxi cab medallions. The mayor had obtained approval from the state legislature after failing to win support of the City Council. Acting State […]
Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the New York Gaming Association, a trade group that represents gambling interests, made a massive bet on Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Last December, the organization contributed $2 million to the Committee to Save New York, a lobby group that supports Cuomo’s agenda. The next month, the Gaming Association hit […]
Taxpayers funded $192.7 million last year for the total compensation of state employees collecting both pensions and salaries, in a staggering 47 percent increase from 2010. Data obtained by Gannett’s Albany bureau show that the number of these double dippers rose by 32 percent in 2011, to 2,811, despite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to trim government […]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he is planning a ban on large sugary drinks in New York City to combat obesity. The proposal has already prompted familiar complaints that the mayor is turning New York City into “Nannyville.” To fast-track the restriction on beverage cup sizes, the mayor is seeking an amendment to the city’s health code via the […]
For the first time, New York State is asking the public to submit proposed new versions of the iconic “I ♥ NY” logo, as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new tourism initiative. The logo — originally created by designer Milton Glaser on a commission from the state — helped create one of the nation’s best-known […]
For some New Yorkers, the official opening of the city’s beaches is the most anticipated part of Memorial Day Weekend. But the miles of sandy surf can’t always be taken for granted. Shutdowns for pollution are a regular feature of urban beachgoing, like last year, when at the height of summer a fire at a Manhattan […]
Companies and organizations could soon have huge incentives to report their own violations of anti-pollution regulations, if a draft “self-auditing” policy is implemented by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Entities that use pesticides, treat wastewater and store hazardous chemicals could have penalties reduced or waived if they agree to report violations, according an internal […]
On Monday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a new natural gas pipeline to New York City . The 20-mile transmission line will carry up to 800 million cubic feet of gas each day from Linden, N.J., into Manhattan’s West Village. The pipeline faced stiff opposition from environmental and community groups concerned that it would pass through […]