Month: April 2017

New YorkNewsletter

Excelsior?

New York State finally passed a budget. We'll delve into the big new program--the Excelsior Scholarship--and more going on around the state. Want to get this as an email every week? Sign up!

********** Our Feature Free College? What's the Catch with the Excelsior Scholarship? Under the new Excelsior Scholarship, enacted as part…

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Democratic State Senator George Latimer is running for Westchester County Executive.
State SenateWestchester

Battle Royale for Westchester County Executive

The most important election of 2017 for New York is likely going to be the race for Westchester County Executive. Democratic State Senator George Latimer announced last week that he'll face off against the incumbent, Republican Rob Astorino, in November. Campaign Issues Latimer launched his campaign criticizing Astorino for borrowing to pay for pensions rather than raising…

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The three men in a room: Cuomo, Flanagan, and Heastie.
AnalysisNew York

Three (or Four) Men in a Room and When It Breaks Down

New York State politics is often derided as "three men in a room" making a decision. Whatever is agreed upon by those three men--the Governor (Andrew Cuomo), State Senate leader (currently, Republican John Flanagan), and the Assembly speaker (currently, Democrat Carl Heastie)--becomes law. With the Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate, it's now grown to four men…

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Balancing or in Danger?

Immigrants in danger, Bill de Blasio balancing competing demands, Republicans balancing ideological purity while in danger of losing the State Senate, and more. Want to get this as an email every week? Sign up!

********** Our Feature Will New York Be a Sanctuary for Immigrants? Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to take back $4…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. John Flanagan are at odds over opioids.
AnalysisState Senate

Republicans Struggle to Maintain Their Grip on the State Senate

Republicans control the State Senate but it's a tenuous hold. Even though there are 32 Democratic State Senators and 31 Republicans, Republicans hold power thanks to nine Democrats, mostly in the Independent Democratic Conference, who support them. Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Long Island), a moderate in the Republican camp, has been able to work with…

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