Critics Slam De Blasio Over Pay-To-Play, Personal Email Use At City HallThere was new insight Wednesday, into a probe of Mayor Bill de Blasio and allegations of pay to play at city hall.
Good Government Groups Curious About Cuomo Speech At Elite Manhattan Prep SchoolGovernor Cuomo gives many speeches every year, but one that he gave on Thursday was a bit unusual.
Citizens Union Director: De Blasio Aide Under Criticism, Rachel Noerdlinger, Is Obligated To Disclose BackgroundCitizens Union Executive Director Dick Dadey says public officials such as Rachel Noerdlinger, served at the appointment of the mayor, but also served the public and as such, are obligated to disclose their background and history under the law.
New York City Council Reforms Rules For Discretionary SpendingNew York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has voluntarily given up her authority to decide how a large chunk of the council's discretionary funding is distributed.
Govt Watchdog: City Council 'Broke A Promise' By Voting To Dole Out StipendsIn its first meeting, the new council approved a long list of extra pay to be doled out to members. The speaker gets $25,000 and the majority leader $20,000, while ten members get $15,000 apiece. Thirty four other members get $8,000 each.
Local Officials Rally For 'Better, Smarter, Fairer' Instant Runoff VotingElected officials pointed to the $13 million price tag to hold Tuesday's public advocate runoff election that saw very low voter turnout as a reason to change the current procedure.
Critics: N.Y. State Lawmakers Have Quietly Revived Unpopular Taxes To Build BudgetGood-government groups slammed the New York State Legislature on Wednesday for what one senator called “vampire voting” -- dead-of-night votes to revive taxes that were supposed to die -- to build much of the new $135 billion budget.

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