NYC SUBWAY SYSTEM GOING UP IN FLAMES

It looks like the MTA’s $836 million plan to stop the dangerous subway fires that have plagued the system has yet to pay off, as the number of blazes has actually increased over the past year. The Subway Action Plan was enacted on July 25, 2017 after a surge of fires injured dozens of riders and trapped others inside sealed … Read More

MTA MISMANAGEMENT FORCES RIDERS TO HIT THE STREETS

It looks like pathetic on-time rates and deplorable customer service aren’t enough to stop the MTA from implementing its seventh fare hike in ten years. The LIRR confirmed that, as scheduled, commuters will see increases of 4% tacked onto their already-high commuting costs in early 2019. Due to declining ridership, the LIRR is taking in less money than anticipated, and … Read More

MILLENNIALS’ STRUGGLE COULD SPELL DISASTER FOR LONG ISLAND ECONOMY

Long Island’s high cost of living is forcing millennials to remain in their parents’ households later into adulthood than their counterparts in 1970, a new study found, posing a major threat to Long Island’s economy. The Long Island Association reports that less than 21 percent of young adults ages 25 to 34 owned their own homes in 2016, down 47 … Read More

Left & Right Unite: We Should Not Hand Over 1% of The Entire State Budget to Amazon

New York State is offering $1.7 billion worth of incentives to entice Amazon to locate its second corporate headquarters in Long Island City. While New York City is kicking in an additional $1.2 billion worth of corporate giveaways. The tech giant’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) shows that the Empire State has offered $505 million in capital grant funds and up … Read More

MTA’S LATEST UNDERGROUND PROJECT IS LIKE PUTTING LIPSTICK ON A PIG

The MTA has proven time and time again they can’t be trusted to spend taxpayer dollars wisely or efficiently. Their $30 million backsplash project is yet another example of mismanagement and wastefulness. Rather than allocating the money to desperately needed subway repairs, the MTA opted to stripe two city tunnels in the state’s blue-and-gold color scheme. That’s right – the … Read More

Issue Alert: Tell NYSED to prevent unnecessary school tax hikes!

**Remember to sign the petition below to make your voice heard, and prevent unnecessary school tax hikes!** In School districts throughout New York, officials are victimizing taxpayers, unnecessarily and illegally increasing property taxes, while the New York State Education Department (NYSED) turns a blind eye. $227 million will be illegally collected in property taxes this year alone, and it’s not … Read More

5 Things to Know: Nassau’s Finances

Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman released his first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) at the beginning of July, which prefaces County Executive Laura Curran’s first executive budget proposal this fall. We read it, identifying the five most important things, so you don’t have to. 1) Nassau County is finally using legal accounting standards   The County Comptroller has made the … Read More

5 Things to Know: The Comptroller’s State Budget Report

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli just released his report on New York State’s finances, including a review of the budget passed this March. We read it, identifying the five most important things, so you don’t have to. 1) The Comptroller is the state’s financial referee While the Executive and Legislative branch might paint rosier or cloudier pictures of the … Read More

BUFFALO BILLION PROJECTS NOT LIVING UP TO GOVERNMENT PROMISES

Six years after Albany announced the Buffalo Billion economic development program, the city is riddled with incomplete projects and suffers from a stagnant job market. The state has invested nearly $1.5 billion in Buffalo so far, receiving an additional $500 million last year as part of a “Phase II.” But a new report from the New York Times reveals that … Read More

Albany’s 2017-2018 Legislative Session: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Albany’s legislative session came to a disappointing end last week. New Yorkers are struggling to make ends meet, get to work on time, and even trust their government. Meanwhile, legislators spent time crafting proposals so ridiculous they’re laughable. Check out Reclaim’s breakdown of this year’s legislative session: The Good During state budget negotiations, lawmakers removed the internet sales tax expansion. … Read More