Bill de Blasio

New Push To Tax New York's Wealthiest

Mar 22, 2017
Mayor de Blasio in Albany on Wednesday.
Karen DeWitt

Proponents of raising taxes on New York’s wealthiest say they have a new impetus to increase the state’s revenue: the continued bad news from Washington about deep federal cuts to health care and other areas. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has called an amendment to the federal repeal of Obamacare that would force the state to pick up county Medicaid costs “unconscionable." 

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

  The New York governor and New York City mayor are both in political hot water of late.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Paul Tonko — a Democrat from the 20th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what reforms he’d like to see. 

The New York State legislature has been on a three week break. In their absences, federal investigations into aides close to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor  Bill de Blasio have intensified, spurring even more calls for reform.

Government reform groups say you can add one more item to the long list of reforms that they believe are needed in Albany. They say limits are needed on campaign contributions to county political committees. The committees collection and distribution of money factor into a growing criminal case against  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, and upstate Senate races in 2014.

New York City officials have been subpoenaed by local and federal prosecutors amid an investigation into the mayor's campaign fundraising operation. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation calling for increased penalties for people found violating election law. The bill is prompted by what he alleges were unlawful campaign contributions in the 2014 elections tied to New York City’s mayor. 

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. 

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

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.

New York State Capitol

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.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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
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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 Alan Chartock

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.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state Wednesday in Albany to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.


Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would revoke the city's offer of free classrooms in public schools for three charter schools. Enraged parents filed a historic lawsuit against the city yesterday, re-igniting a firestorm debate over charter schools.

3/5/14 Panel

Mar 5, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

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Cuomo V. De Blasio
Murder Trial

Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at dueling rallies on education at the State Capitol that highlighted the two politicians’ differences over education issues.   

A rally to promote New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for universal pre kindergarten  had been planned for weeks. The mayor spoke to around 1500 union members, urging them to put the pressure on state lawmakers to approve in the state budget the mayor’s plan to provide the classes for thousands of four year olds starting in September.

De Blasio Speaks At Ed Rally In Albany

Mar 4, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed an education rally Tuesday at the state capitol in Albany.

WAMC Alan Chartock

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the growing crisis in Ukraine and why New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is making a trip to Albany today.

Pre-K Could Become Upstate-Downstate Split

Feb 13, 2014

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to have gained the upper hand and some new allies in his policy skirmish with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over how to fund pre-kindergarten, as the fight threatens to turn into an upstate downstate split.


A new poll finds that New Yorkers statewide favor Governor Cuomo’s plan to fund pre kindergarten over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal.

The Quinnipiac poll finds that the majority of New Yorkers prefer Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to finance expanded pre-K through state funds, than favor  Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to tax the wealthy to get the money.

De Blasio To Give First State Of The NYC Speech

Feb 10, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to deliver one of the most important speeches of his young administration on Monday.

De Blasio will give the State of the City, the mayoral equivalent of the President's State of the Union, at LaGuardia Community College in Queens. It will be his most closely watched speech since his inauguration address on New Year's Day.

He is expected to outline his vision for the city and offer a glimpse into his signature goal of fighting the city's widening income inequality gap.

New York Mayors Testify In Albany

Jan 27, 2014
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Mayors from around New York testified before the state legislative fiscal committees on Monday. In what’s traditionally known as Tin Cup day, many asked for more money, while others asked for authorization to collect more money from their citizens.

NYC Mayor: NJ Bridge Lane Closures 'Immoral'

Jan 10, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called the apparently politically inspired lane closures on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge "immoral."

De Blasio told reporters Thursday that Gov. Chris Christie was right to apologize and take action but said closing lanes is, "not professional, it's not mature, it's absolutely immoral."

The Democratic mayor said New Yorkers were affected by the September traffic jams. He said there are still bigger questions about what happened and called the closures "unacceptable."

SOS coalition

With a focus on addressing income inequality for 2014, a coalition of political action groups gathered Tuesday at noon at the State Capitol State Street entrance for the 24th annual People's State of the State rally.

"Biden is here today. Obama will talk about income and equality. De Blasio will talk about income and equality. But where is our Governor in the most unequal state in the country on income and equality?" That's  Sara Niccoli with the New York State Labor Religion Coalition, leading the call at the People's State of the State rally.

De Blasio Swears In Bratton; Reform Promised

Jan 3, 2014

William Bratton has taken over the nation's largest police force and is pledging reforms to how New York City police officers work with the community.

The 66-year-old was sworn in Thursday by Mayor Bill de Blasio at a ceremony at police headquarters.

Bratton says he will work to improve the relationship between cops and New Yorkers who feel over-policed by the department's stop-and-frisk policy. He also says he will continue the department's massive counterterrorism efforts.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Jan 3, 2014
WAMC Alan Chartock

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses last night's snow storm and two editorial pieces in the New York Times about Edward Snowden and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio.