Government

With $15 per hour in sight, minimum wages tick up

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New Year brings new minimum wages across New York State, including a $15-per-hour top tier that bests any state-sanctioned minimum wage in the country. Not every minimum-wage New Yorker will earn that premier paycheck, thanks to Albany’s sliding-scale approach to wage hikes, a wonder wheel of wages that, as of 2019, extends that $15 rate to employees of small firms (10 employees or fewer) in New York City. Big NYC…

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For SUNY medical schools, difficult choices ahead

By GREGORY ZELLER // With various D.C. follies choking off federal funding, SUNY’s academic medical centers are starting to feel the pinch. And the State University’s teaching hospitals – including Stony Brook University Hospital – may have to roll back certain services to remain solvent, according to a top SUNY officer. As reported this week (subscriber content) by Politico, Ricardo Azziz, SUNY’s chief officer of academic health and hospital affairs, on Nov. 15 told a…


At Northwell, ATF handles the arrests (cardiac, that is)

By GREGORY ZELLER // The heavyset, middle-aged man was down and in clear cardiac arrest. With no healthcare professionals standing between him and certain death, the two federal agents swooped in. In a tense moment usually reserved for your favorite 10 p.m. crime drama, the dramatic scene played out Thursday at the Northwell Health system’s Patient Safety Institute, where “tactical medics” from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives got a crash-cart course…


States weigh legal response as Trump guts Obamacare

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not quite “Cuomo to Trump: See You in Court.” But in a scathing rebuke Friday of the Trump administration’s attempts to shatter Obamacare by executive decree, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo swung the door to a litigious civil war wide open. One day after signing an executive order allowing the sale of some health insurance plans that are exempt from certain Affordable Care Act regulations – including rules ensuring coverage…


Albany touts advances of MWBEs, new support

Good news to help you celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month: The percentage of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises among the private businesses holding New York State contracts is on the rise. The utilization rate for MWBEs participating in state contracts increased to 27.2 percent during the 2016-17 fiscal year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced this week, with companies owned by minorities and women winning more than $2.2 billion in state-sanctioned work. New York’s MWBE…


Noting $21B in damage, Cuomo (kinda) blasts Trump

By GREGORY ZELLER // Is Andrew Cuomo running for president? The governor has been customarily coy about a potential 2020 White House bid, and with an increasingly sticky 2018 re-election campaign to navigate first, there’s certainly no rush on an official declaration. But Cuomo hasn’t been shy about taking the current administration to task over what he sees as flaws in President Donald Trump’s decision-making, logic, even motives. And when a big-name politician in a…


Patriot Day package: $40M for NY counterterrorism

Statewide counterterrorism programs, including several based on Long Island, are being bolstered by nearly $40 million in federal funds. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a series of federal funds earmarked for critical efforts already underway between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, designed specifically to secure transit systems and ports. The governor announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency funds on Patriot Day, marking the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks –…