Citizens Budget Commission

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Universal Pre-K Funding Fight Overshadows New Mayor’s First Budget

The primary focus of the mayor’s plan includes universal, full-day pre-kindergarten, which includes $530 million from taxing the rich, a projection that got him a tongue-lashing from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


Long Island Rail Road track workers (credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Watchdog: MTA Subway System Very Efficient; LIRR Not So Much

The newly-released findings by the Citizens Budget Commission, a fiscal watchdog group, cast the LIRR in a harsh light, and contends that the MTA runs one of the most inefficient railroads in the land.