New Yorkers Are Fleeing Upstate

New York is getting hit hard on population loss as the economy fails to attract families and businesses to build futures here. While downstate is growing thanks to its booming job market, many upstate regions are losing population at an alarming rate. A new report from 24/7 Wall Street analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau to rank the top … Read More

MARIO CUOMO BRIDGE TOLL TASK FORCE MIA OVER TWO YEARS

In 2015, a seven-member Toll Advisory Task Force was assembled to address concerns related to unavoidable toll hikes for the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Over the past two and a half years, the task force has not met once. One of the task force’s members is now deceased, while another reportedly denied he was ever part of the … Read More

$89 Billion NYC Budget Includes “Fair Fares” Initiative

Mayor de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson shook hands on an $89.2 billion city budget Monday which includes a new $106 million “Fair Fares” program to subsidize half-priced MetroCards for low-income residents. About 800,000 New Yorkers are estimated to qualify for the program, though far fewer are anticipated to sign up. For months Johnson hard-pressed de … Read More

Open Data & City Government

                As technology continues to play an increasingly significant role in the day-to-day lives of New Yorkers, access to data on the inner workings of the complex city government plays an important role in keeping residents engaged. Since the law was implemented in 2012, the city has added an increasing amount of data sets to the open data … Read More

Reclaim New York Social Media Comment Policy

1.) Rude, abusive, or profane comments. Any comments using profanity, slurs of any kind, or consist of personal attacks against other commenters will be hidden and deleted. This includes still images, gifs, and videos. 2.) Comments related to political figures Any comments that suggest violence, include profanity, or are inappropriate towards any politician will be hidden and deleted. This includes … Read More

Demise of Westchester Tax Hikes Was Greatly Exaggerated

Over the last eight years under County Executive Rob Astorino, property taxes in Westchester County have remained flat. Unfortunately for residents who have still been carrying a costly tax burden, it’s likely that trend will end next year after the legislature passed their 2018 budget. Under the 2018 budget passed by the legislature, the property tax rate for the county … Read More

Big Win for Transparency & Open Government

Citizens fighting against public corruption in New York just received good news as Governor Cuomo signed a bill to strengthen the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). The legislation will now require judges to award attorney’s fees when plaintiffs “substantially prevail” in lawsuits over the wrongful denials of a FOIL request. A judge can, but is not obligated to, award attorney’s … Read More

State has now spent $7 BILLION on Hunger Games projects

Albany just held the seventh annual economic “Hunger Games”. The state has now spent a total of $7 billion on this gameshow economics spectacle since its inception. In 2011, the Governor led the creation of 10 Regional Councils to develop economic growth plans in their areas. The initiative was marketed as a way to revitalize Upstate. The councils are pitted against … Read More

Hempstead Supervisor Proposal Would “Appoint, Promote, Transfer or Give Raises” to Certain Employees

  Outgoing Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino has proposed to keep 192 employees working for the town as Supervisor-elect Laura Gillen prepares to take over. According to Newsday, Santino has proposed that the Town Board “appoint, promote, transfer or give raises” to the employees before Gillen takes office on January 2. The Hempstead Town Board will vote on the proposal … Read More

State’s Budget Bomb Is Set, Will Albany Disarm, or Trigger?

The Governor’s Division of the Budget (DOB) recently released its Mid-Year Financial Update, 10 days after its deadline. The update has projected a budget gap for 2019 between $1.7 and $4.4 billion, the largest estimated shortfall since Governor Cuomo’s first year in office. This is not good. The state has continued to spend more and allow massive pension and benefit … Read More