An alleged leak to Mr. Cuomo, a phone call from a top legislative aide and a prolonged investigation are at the heart of Albany’s latest ethics dispute.
Vivian WangNew: At least two JCOPE commissioners were never interviewed for the inspector general’s investigation of an alleged leak from the ethics commission.
The IG’s office wouldn’t say how many were interviewed
The state party chairman, an ally of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, wants to quintuple the number of votes that a political party needs to secure a ballot line.
Vivian WangNY’s Dem Party chair privately pushed to quintuple ballot requirements for third parties, which would cripple the WFP & all other minor parties except the Conservatives.
When I asked him about that, he said, “I can see that that could be problematic.”
New York paid Alexis Marquez’s salary. But when she sued over harassment, the state offered an unexpected defense: She was never a state employee.
Vivian WangNew York State paid her salary, and it was listed on tax forms as her employer.
But when she sued for workplace harassment, the state said she never worked for it.
I looked at a legal strategy the state uses when public officials are involved
In March, both states seemed days away from a landmark legalization deal. Now inertia is feeding doubts that it can happen this year.
Vivian WangNew: Legalized weed in NY and NJ seems all but dead this year, and Democrats are blaming each other for the delay.
All hope isn't lost though. NY lawmakers plan to introduce a new bill this week specifically tailored to win support from Cuomo. w @NYTnickc
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s crop of new donors has a familiar ring: aides, relatives, roommates, allies, appointees and lobbyists adorn the list.
Vivian Wang“All told, Mr. Cuomo earned more in interest payments on his campaign war chest (nearly $154,000) than he collected in total contributions from donors who gave less than $1,000 (just under $110,000).”
Great work by @ShaneGoldmacher
Affordable housing is vanishing as landlords exploit a broken system, pushing out rent-regulated tenants and catapulting apartments into the free market.
Vivian WangAn engineer was indicted for lying that no one lived in a rent-regulated Brooklyn building. Developers gutted it around 3 families; construction dust had 88x allowed lead levels. The engineer is still licensed.
Must-read deep dive by @Kim_Barker