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Tax-the-Rich Push Drives High-Stakes Cuomo State Budget Showdown

Federal aid and higher-than-expected tax revenues are enough to fill the pandemic budget gap. Progressives say more taxes are needed to repair COVID-19 damage while tax opponents argue a hike would drive high-earners from New York.

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Calls to Tax the Rich Abound. But What Exactly Does that Mean?

While Cuomo stalls action to close billions in budget gaps, some state lawmakers say it’s time for elite ultra-wealthy New Yorkers to pay more. Latest stats show the number New Yorkers making $5 million-plus grew to over 4,400 in 2018.

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Cuomo Plays Budget Waiting Game with NYC Potentially Billions in the Hole

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In Desperation, New York State Pays Up to 15 Times the Normal Prices for Medical Equipment

State data shows that New York is paying enormous markups for vital supplies, including almost $250,000 for an X-ray machine.

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Call for Cuomo to Free Ailing Prisoners as Virus Spreads

Legal Aid lawyers cite a handful of vulnerable, inmates dealing with cancer, diabetes and more as prime candidates for immediate release.

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New Jersey No-Bail System Eyed By New York Leaders Reckons With Bias Risk

By some measures, the Jersey approach is a success. But critics warn public safety reviews by judges can hold past injustices against defendants.

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New York Businesses Struggle With Debts After Reform Left Them Out

Gov. Cuomo outlawed high-interest cash advances for out-of-state companies that clogged state courts. But New Yorkers are still fair game.

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Meet the Company Reaping Big Bucks From N.Y.’s Budget-Busting Medicaid Surge

Gov. Cuomo blames NYC for rising insurance rolls — while the state pays Virginia-based Maximus dearly to decide which poor people deserve costly care.

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Two Pursue Primary Against GOP-Friendly Democratic Sen. Diane Savino

Challengers hope to use the Staten Island and Brooklyn incumbent’s Republican coziness against her. But two years later, do voters still care?

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Bail Reform Rollback Battle Rips Rift in Albany

Senate rethink of mandatory pretrial release for criminal defendants opens divide among Democrats as Assembly activists slam "Jim Crow-style" flip.

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Bail Law Fuels GOP Challenge to Democratic Reformer in Brooklyn Swing District

Southern Brooklyn State Sen. Andrew Gounardes faces at least one Republican betting that voters want a return to the tough-on-crime Marty Golden era.

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Booming Long-Term Care Industry Drives Budget-Busting Medicaid Cost Surge

While Gov. Cuomo demands NYC pay a greater share, insurers sign up patients by the thousands — sometimes for services they don’t actually get.

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Cuomo’s Recipe to Plug $6B Budget Hole: Everyone Shares Medicaid Pain

Proposed Medicaid changes could leave NYC on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars a year as governor put forward record $178.6 billion plan.

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What You Need to Know to Decode Gov. Cuomo’s $175 Billion-Plus State Budget Speech

New York’s quirk-packed budget process gets more complicated this year, thanks to a Medicaid-fueled $6 billion deficit. Here’s how it all affects you.

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NYC Congestion Pricing Plan Needs Open Doors, Watchdogs Say

New York State’s Committee on Open Government is urging the MTA to make congestion pricing process more transparent.

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City Scrambling to Get Electronic Monitors for New Bail Rules

Even with new rules in effect, the city is looking at ankle bracelets and apps. Meanwhile, some defendants are being set free, sans monitoring.

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With $6 Billion State Budget Deficit, Will Cuomo Target NYC?

If history is any indicator, the governor will look to hit the city with social services cuts as ballooning Medicaid costs drive widening budget gap.

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Catching Up With New Yorkers You Met in THE CITY

Here’s the latest on some folks who lived tales of hope, adversity and change during an eventful 2019. They have more stories to tell.

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Greenpoint Activist Vies to Unseat 47-Year Incumbent Lentol

With her Brooklyn Assembly run, community board member and environmental advocate Emily Gallagher joins wave of upstarts rattling entrenched pols.

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State Pols Hold Rare Transit Hearing at Same Time as Monthly MTA Meetings

MTA officials may have to hop a turnstile if they want to quickly shuttle between dueling sessions Tuesday amid biggest-ever spending plan.