Reforming New York’s Dysfunctional State Government.

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In 2004, the Brennan Center for Justice and New York University’s School of Law released a report calling the New York State Legislature as “the most dysfunctional state in the nation.” It was an excellent critique and its findings well founded. Unfortunately, the report was viewed in Albany as nothing more than the machinations of liberal political opportunists, hardly worth …

Is the bloom off the rose?

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In 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the song “Happy days are here again!” in his successful presidential campaign. The lyrics evoke both optimism and buoyancy that was badly needed during the depression years to restore confidence in government planning and policy. In a press release issued on June 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also accentuated the positive, announcing “progress on historic …