New York Public Interest Research Group

Melissa Mark-Viverito (Credit: Getty Images)

New York City Council Reforms Rules For Discretionary Spending

New 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.

04/29/2014

Cars owned by a dealership sit in the parking lot of a Nassau County park. (Credit: CBS 2)

Watchdog Group: N.Y. State Auto Insurers Charge Blue-Collar Workers More

A consumer watchdog group claimed Thursday that the largest auto insurers in New York State are using education legal and occupation to set rates – charging blue-collar workers more for the same policy than college-education professionals.

04/03/2014

The New York Public Interest Research Group says toys like these can present choking hazards or may be toxic. (Credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

Gillibrand Joins Advocacy Group For Release Of Dangerous Toy List

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) joined an advocacy group Sunday to call for new regulations to protect children from toxic toys.

12/08/2013

Anthony Weiner votes with his son, Jordan, in Manhattan on Sept. 10, 2013. (credit: Getty Images)

Voters Encounter Problems At Polls

Some New York City voters arrived at their polling places Tuesday to find that machines were never hauled in or supervisors were not present.

09/10/2013

Voter helpline on primary day (Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Hotline Offering Assistance To NYC Voters Experiencing Issues On Primary Day

“It was pretty slow up to 6:20 [a.m.] and then kaboom,” Gene Russianoff with the New York Public Interest Research Group said of the calls into the hotline.

09/10/2013

"The Avengers Hulk Smash Fists" (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

NYPIRG Lists 19 Treacherous Toys For 2012 Holiday Season

With Christmas just around the corner, the New York Public Interest Research Group is out with a report intended to keep children safe this holiday season.

12/05/2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Report: NY Gov. Cuomo Flew Home In State Aircraft

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo used state aircraft for more than a dozen flights to or from his home following statewide tours in which he called for belt-tightening and budget cuts for schools and other services, records show.

08/14/2011

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant (credit: Flickr)

NY State To Discuss Indian Point With Nuclear Agency

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his staff will meet Tuesday with nuclear regulators to discuss whether a disaster like the one in Japan could happen at the Indian Point power plant.

03/19/2011

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (AP Photo/Nathaniel Brooks, Pool)

Report: $246 Million Raised In 2010 NY Races

The New York Public Interest Research Group said individual contributors accounted for $83 million, or about one-third.

01/04/2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo Blasts Legislature For Punting On Deficit

In perhaps the harshest assessment he’s provided since his election win, Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo said lawmakers failed to perform when they chose not to address the deficit Monday.

11/30/2010

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Recycling Advocates: Expanded Bottle Bill A Success

State and national recycling advocates are hailing the first year of New York’s expanded bottle deposit law as a success.

11/03/2010

Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver speaks to members of the media in the State Capitol March 12, 2008 in Albany, New York. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Sheldon Silver’s Finances Raise Some Questions

According to public disclosure forms, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver owns stock in over 30 companies — many of which do business with the state. However, what the forms don’t show voters is how much the shares are worth.

09/03/2010