De Blasio's Political Consultants: A Conflict Of Interest?Mayor Bill de Blasio has outside political consultants who have been paid upwards of $2 million during his first 18 months in office.
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.
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.
NYS Assembly Speaker Silver Criticized For Hosting Fundraiser On 9/11Silver hosted a meet and greet luncheon on 9/11, with some attendees donating money to Congressional candidate Assemblywoman Grace Meng.