Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

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Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein is the founder of ShakingNews.

New YorkNew York City

Quick Hits from Around New York

• What's going to happen when the L Train shuts down for repairs? The MTA doesn't have a real plan for getting between Manhattan and Williamsburg but check out Slate's coverage of the winners of Transportation Alternatives' contest. • It's not all on the MTA, though. New York City doesn't have the best transportation record.…

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Andrew Cuomo wants to be President. He's going for that promotion.
New York

Is Andrew Cuomo Running for President? (Yes)

Want to understand what Andrew Cuomo is doing? It's simple--he's running for President. The only way to interpret his actions is to see them in that light. His father, Mario Cuomo, infamously left two planes waiting at the airport, all ready to fly him to New Hampshire to announce his campaign. But he vacillated, earning the…

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Steve Pigeon is in trouble for a donation he got for Gov. Cuomo.
Western New York

Another Week, Another Pol on Trial: This Time, Buffalo’s Steve Pigeon

Another politician is facing the heat--Buffalo operative Steve Pigeon. The former Buffalo Democratic leader is charged with running a PAC to illegally fund county legislative races. Steve Pigeon became a famed operative, known for his shadowy involvement in campaigns and lobbyists. One of the first backers of Gov. Andrew Cuomo when he first ran for Governor in…

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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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