Bill de Blasio

Tensions between upstate senators and the mayor of New York City were highlighted during a budget hearing on aid to local governments in Albany, when lawmakers questioned the mayor for over five hours.

New York voters say the ongoing feud between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is hurting the state. 

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's trip to Puerto Rico, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio vs. the state GOP, and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino running for a third term.


In the final weeks of the legislative session, groups are lobbying for some of the major remaining issues still on the table, including the Mayor of New York and groups who want a property tax break for homeowners struggling to hold on to their houses. And both accuse Governor Andrew Cuomo of not taking an active enough role.

Several important New York politicians lined up behind Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in the minutes after she entered the race Sunday. Speaking with WAMC’s Alan Chartock on Tuesday, Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney officially endorsed the former New York U.S. Senator and Secretary of State. He also criticized the man who helmed Clinton’s successful 2000 Senate race — now-New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Thousands of police officers and community members are expected to attend the funeral of a New York City policeman killed with his partner in an ambush shooting.

The funeral Saturday at a Queens church for Officer Rafael Ramos comes one week after he and Officer Wenjian Liu were killed in their patrol car.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Vice President Joe Biden are expected to deliver remarks.

On Friday, thousands of officers from across the country attended an eight-hour wake for Ramos.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging calm through the upcoming holidays and respecting families' grief in response to the weekend killings of two New York City police officers and the July death of a Staten Island man in a confrontation with police.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Jul 16, 2014

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's possible run for president, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo raising money for his campaign, and Bill de Blasio's vacation plans that might upset some railroad workers.

Pre-K Expansion To Be Low In September

Jun 24, 2014
Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say the number falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as universal pre-K.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, Bill de Blasio slamming the coverage of his wife, and the VA's Eric Shinseki.