Good government advocates today decried the lack of action on ethics reform on the extraordinary session agenda, but also sounded a hopeful note that behind-the-scenes negotiations are underway to strengthen a bill passed by the Assembly earlier this year.
Public housing advocates and elected officials rallied on the City Hall steps for more than a half hour this morning, demanding the city and state give more money to the New York City Housing Authority.
Crime is down in the area and the High Street subway station is manned every day on every tour of duty, transit officials and cops told a packed town hall meeting of Concord Village residents recently.
Hundreds of residents who live in public housing throughout the city were expected to converge at City Hall on Thursday morning Nov. 12, along with politicians and organizers, to demand that Governor Paterson include ample funding for the New York City Housing Authority in the budget due for release in December.
By year’s end, roadway relief is in store for stressed-out travellers navigating across the Brooklyn Bridge, officials announced this week.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to help facilitate low-tech changes to the southbound FDR Drive onto the Brooklyn Bridge, a nettlesome intersection that has long befuddled backed-up commuters.
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS – Sitting down at the Eagle’s office within blocks of the growing Brooklyn Bridge Park, state Sen. Daniel Squadron stated in detail his vision of the park and, in doing so, hoped to dispel any misconceptions about his support.
Feature article in the Brooklyn Paper The worst thing about living in Brooklyn — the debilitating traffic congestion on the Brooklyn Bridge’s entrance ramp from the FDR Drive — is about to get just a little bit better.
ALBANY -- Sen. John Flanagan operates ASJ Consulting, but don't expect the Long Island lawyer to discuss the business.
He won't return phone calls inquiring about ethics disclosure requirements.
Like former Sen. Joseph L. Bruno, who claims he disclosed what he believed was necessary on state ethics forms, Flanagan, R-East Northport, is among 10 state lawmakers whose households benefit from consulting income.
We just received a news release from State Senator Daniel Squadron's office detailing "how the ethics reform package he sponsors with Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson would help prevent the kind of alleged ethical misconduct for which former Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno is on trial."
Legislators have been quick to condemn wrongdoing in the run-up to the trial of former State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who was indicted on corruption charges in January. But let's not forget that earlier this fall, Senate Republicans unanimously shot down a bill that would have gone a long way towards stopping corrupt politicians from committing the sorts of crimes of which Bruno is accused.
State Sen. Daniel Squadron says the ethics package introduced by Democrats will close the “Bruno gap” in the state’s disclosure laws. This is the same package that failed to pass in September due to (pick one) Democratic partisan game-playing/Republican intransigence/both.
Extortion, bribery, racketeering — those are just some of the crimes that have sent members of the New York State Legislature to jail in the last five years. The good news is that the authorities caught up with them. The bad news is how easily and how long they were able to exploit the system, and New York’s long-suffering citizens, before they were caught.
Desperate to fill the $3 billion hole in the state’s budget this year, Gov. David Paterson is making another grab for the Battery Park City Authority’s money.
Paterson wants to take $300 million from the authority, which would be an unprecedented use of the authority’s funds. Paterson tried and failed to do something similar earlier this year, and his current proposal is also far from a done deal.
Feature article in Brooklyn Heights CourierA ride on the F train might be fraught with delays and commuter dismay, but New York City Transit isn’t prepared just yet to take the blame for overcrowded conditions, the agency said in a report released last week.The fault, the document infers, lies not in the agency, but in ourselves.