State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released an analysis of the state budget financial and capital plans early this month, raising concerns about long-term fund balances, increasing debt, the impacts of federal policies — and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's dubious accounting practices.
New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has announced that she will resign at the end of August.
The state's first woman education commissioner, Elia submitted an unexpected resignation letter to the Board of Regents on Monday morning.
After reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have asked at least three states to run facial recognition searches on their driver’s license databases, concerns have been raised that a new law allowing undocumented immigrants to receive licenses in New York will put them in danger of deportation by federal officers.
A power outage on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City on Saturday evening lasted a little more than five hours — trapping people in subways and elevators, thwarting theatre-goers on Broadway, dimming the lights in Times Square and leaving drivers without traffic signals from 72nd Street to the West 40s, and from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River.
State leaders and immigrant advocates are working to be sure immigrants — both legal and undocumented — are aware of their rights and the resources available to them as nationwide ICE raids are expected to begin Sunday in an effort to round up immigrants targeted for deportation.
The state has made $350 million available through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program for municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect public health or improve water quality.
In the final days of public commenting, state agencies and advocacy organizations submitted a barrage of statements opposing a HUD proposal banning mixed immigration status households from residing in federally funded public housing and using the Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers program, claiming it would have “devastating” effects on children, immigrants and other vulnerable populations.
A saloon in a New Mexico ghost town attracts regulars with diverse backgrounds and opinions with a promise to "have dialogue." The No Scum Allowed Saloon pulls in people from around the state and sometimes tourists from overseas because of its reputation and catchy name, the Albuquerque Journal recently reported. Saloon owner Karen Haughness, one of the nine people who live in White Oaks, said the saloon's regulars often exceed the town's population. She says the saloon cultivates civil discourse among visitors.
Democrats in the early presidential contest states of Iowa and Nevada will be able to cast their votes over the telephone instead of showing up at their states' traditional neighborhood caucus meetings next February, according to plans unveiled by the state parties. The tele-caucus systems are aimed at opening the local-level political gatherings to more people, especially evening shift-workers and people with disabilities, whom critics of the caucuses have long said are blocked from the process.