The April 1 deadline has come and New York State has an on-time budget. New York Public Interest Research Group Legislative Director Blair Horner joins Alan in the studio today to talk about the budget. We want to know what you think of it, too.
Next week New York City will have its first new Mayor in 12 years. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire Mayor, will leave office. Bloomberg who was elected Mayor as the City was reeling from the September 11th terrorist attacks, dramatically changed both the politics and policies of New York.
Among the many recommendations contained in the report from the Moreland Commission is one to dismantle the New York State Board of Elections, which the commission members called an abject failure in its oversight and enforcement of state election laws. The board would be replaced by a new watchdog agency to be headed by a person appointed for a five-year term by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. The Board of Elections, and the Moreland Commission report, was the topic of discussion on WAMC’s capitol connection program with Alan Chartock, and Blair Horner, the legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
By December 1st, Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission to Investigate Public Corruption is supposed to release its interim report. The 25 member Commission was appointed earlier this year by the governor to examine New York State’s laws regulating public officials’ ethics as well as its campaign financing system.
On this week’s Capitol Connection, our Alan Chartock asks Blair Horner, legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group about one of the six ballot questions New Yorkers will vote on next Tuesday – specifically, question as to whether certain judges in New York should be allowed to serve up to ten years after the age of 70 …
NYPIRG’s Blair Horner on this week’s capitol connection which you can hear tomorrow afternoon at 3.