Building Buffalo with New York Works
January 13, 2012
In light of last week’s job numbers, Wonkblog’s Ezra Klein asked what Washington should be doing to boost the economy. Infrastructure investment, he said, is the “obvious winner.” He is not alone. Economists, policy makers and politicians (on both sides of the aisle) agree that a pretty good bet for positive economic growth is investment in infrastructure. With all of this (rare) agreement on an investment target, what is Washington doing to encourage infrastructure investment? So far, not much.
January 13, 2011
The bomber carried balloons. They were silver and purple, and when he stepped inside the parking garage, they flitted and danced around his head—obscuring his face, as well as his intentions. It was October 2008, just after 4:30 on a Wednesday afternoon, and the workers in the office tower above the garage in suburban St. Louis were still at their desks. Only surveillance cameras saw the man with the balloons as he hurriedly walked to the parking space marked “654,” knelt down, and placed a wicker basket next to the driver’s side door of a late model Acura TL.
New York: If They Can Fix It There...
January 06, 2011
State of the state speeches usually have the feel of New Year’s resolutions. This year, say the governors, the state will be richer, smarter, better, happier thanks to new programs, new rules, and new ideas.
NY Gubernatorial Debate: More Fringe Candidates, Please!
October 18, 2010
By all rights, tonight's gubernatorial debate in New York should've been a daffy three-ring circus—even by the abysmal standards of the 2010 midterms. Put aside, for a moment, Republican candidate Carl Paladino's well-known penchant for emailing bestiality porn to his friends and uttering physical threats to reporters.
Paladino in the U.S.A.
October 14, 2010
NEW YORK —Having long been one of the proud tough guys of New York politics, Andrew Cuomo, the state's attorney general, finds himself with a Republican opponent in this year's governor's race who makes him look like St. Francis of Assisi. To call Carl Paladino brash and a loudmouth understates the case.
New York's Second Senate Seat
January 15, 2010
Some 40-odd years ago, Chuck Schumer was my student. A few years after that, I became his student. No, not in a formal classroom sense, but in the political dimension. If you watch him, you learn a lot. He's a stand-up liberal, a New York liberal at that. But he is also an effective liberal, which means he sometimes compromises--a sin on the Upper West Side, where politics often means that you shouldn't compromise ... ever. At 23, Chuck ran for the New York State Assembly and won. Then he went to the House of Representatives and, in 1998, to the U.S.
Are Corporate Insurers Defrauding the Public?
December 31, 2009
When it comes to health care fraud, Medicare scams have recently elicited some of the greatest public outrage and political attention.
More Firepower for Inflection Point
August 28, 2009
Exciting news from inside TNR: We just got Gary Gensler, chairman of the CFTC, to join our roster of dignitaries and pacemakers for our event on the current state of the economy. Gensler will tangle with Barney Frank, Eliot Spitzer, Christina Romer, Andrew Cuomo, Bill Ackman, David Wessel, and others on some of the most important questions facing the nation: How have we handled the financial collapse thus far? What could have we done better, and what can we do better still? What will our economy--national and global--look like after the recovery?
Did Cuomo Know About The Aig Bonuses Last Fall?
April 06, 2009
Tom Edsall sifts through the evidence here. One intriguing piece of the picture: One of the AIG officials most concerned with the employee retention plan was William Dooley, head of AIG's financial services division (AIGFP). Dooley oversees the division that engaged in the transactions - credit default swaps -- widely viewed as the cause of the collapse of AIG. In an October 22, 2008 email obtained by the Huffington Post -- the authenticity of which was affirmed by AIG Senior VP for Communications Nicholas J.
The Notorious Aig Bonuses: More Ugly Details
March 17, 2009
Care of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (and the Times): The highest bonus was $6.4 million, and six other employees received more than $4 million, according to Mr. Cuomo. Fifteen other people received bonuses of more than $2 million, and 51 people received bonuses of $1 million to $2 million, Mr. Cuomo said.