Category: Analysis

More problems at Penn Station
AnalysisLong IslandNew JerseyNew YorkNew York City

Penn Station Problems? It’s About to Get Worse

Commuters regularly suffer problems at Penn Station. There aren't enough tracks at Penn Station, resulting in train delays. Train delays lead to the station becoming way too crowded and the problems just spiral downwards. And it's likely to only get worse. What's Happening? Amtrak, the train service that owns and runs Penn Station, has had three train delays in…

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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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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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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
AnalysisNew York City

A sensitive topic exposes how politics really works

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is approaching a public health issue in the New York Orthodox Jewish community very sensitively. It's a demonstration of how politics sometimes requires almost surgical movement to balance competing demands, especially in an election year. Jews circumcise eight-day-old baby boys and some Orthodox Jewish communities hold by a practice called metzitzah b’peh…

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