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FILE -  A man looks through the trash in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Census: NY Poverty, Income Levels Steady In 2013

The survey data showed 3 million people, or 16 percent of the state’s population, with income below the poverty level in 2013. Nationally, 48.8 million people, also about 16 percent, lived in poverty.

09/18/2014

New York City Republican Mayoral Candidate Joseph Lhota (file / credit: Joe Lhota for Mayor)

Eye On Politics: Lhota Wants To Continue Legacies Of Giuliani, Bloomberg

New York City Republican mayoral hopeful Joseph Lhota said that everything great that has happened over the past 20 years is quite fragile and he said this election is going to have consequences.

06/20/2013

Ann and Mitt Romney (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Opinion: Don’t Let Obama Convince You That American Success Is Bad

During the current election campaign, for the first time in American history, President Barack Obama and the “left” have made success in America to be negative.

10/22/2012

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and St. Sen. Joe Kyrillos (credits: Menendez for Senate 2012, Joe Kyrillos for Senate, Inc.)

Eye on Politics: Interviews With New Jersey’s U.S. Senate Candidates

Election Day is November 6 and New Jerseyans may end up picking a new U.S. Senator or sticking with the one they have right now.

10/10/2012

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Opinion: Democrats Offer A Positive Vision For The Future At Convention After GOP Offers Only Attacks

Sitting in the Time Warner Cable Arena last night I was struck by how different the Democratic National Convention was from the Republican event last week. Unlike the Republicans in Tampa, Democrats focused on the fight to preserve the middle class and the American Dream.

09/05/2012

Rep. Chris Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz (credits: Chris Murphy For Senate, Susan Bysiewicz for Connecticut)

Connecticut U.S. Senate Focus: The Democrats

The primary is next Tuesday in the race for U.S. Senate in Connecticut. Two Democrats and two Republicans are fighting to succeed the retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

08/09/2012

Barack Obama (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Opinion: Obama’s Latest Class Warfare Speech

Obama’s latest speech on tax cuts for the middle class is just a retread of his tired class warfare rhetoric and strategy.

07/10/2012

(file / credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

WCBS 880 Special Series: Where The Jobs Are – Part 5 – Who’s In Luck And Who’s Stuck?

Opportunities for those in the middle class have been shrinking, while low and high skilled jobs have been growing.

06/08/2012

U.S. Capitol - Washington, DC - Dec 18, 2011 (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Menendez: House Republicans To Blame If Middle Class Tax Hike Happens

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will not renegotiate a year-long extension of payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits unless the House first approves a bipartisan two-month version that House Republicans strongly oppose.

12/19/2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks - Albany, NY - Oct 17, 2011 (credit: Governor's Office)

Gov. Cuomo, Legislature Agree On Middle Class Tax Cuts For New Yorkers

You might call this major legislative magic. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislative leaders have come up with a tax deal that somehow reduces taxes for everyone, but still raises nearly $2 billion in new revenue.

12/06/2011

New York City Transit Bus (file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

How to Escape the Middle-Class Squeeze

Pat Farnack spoke with Rick Newman of U.S. News & World Report.

09/14/2011

Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (credit: Nati Harnik/AP)

Warren Buffett Calls For ‘Mega-Rich’ To Pay More Taxes

Buffett says he and his friends have been coddled long enough by Congress and that it’s time for the government to get serious about shared sacrifice.

08/15/2011

NJ Governor Chris Christie (credit: CBS 2)

Gov. Christie Backs ‘Responsible’ Collective Bargaining

One day after proposing a new budget proposal that would require employees to pay more for their benefits, Christie said that he supports “responsible bargaining.”

02/23/2011