President Donald Trump

Citing offshore risks, Cuomo drills Trump again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo is firing more broadside cannon shots at the Trump White House in a sea battle centered off Long Island’s shores. Cuomo is advancing legislation that would prohibit the leasing of lands, including underwater lands, for offshore drilling and exploration purposes – a direct response to “the Trump administration’s plan to vastly expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans,” according to the governor’s office. In January, U.S….


Cuomo doubles down by speeding up emissions effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo is hitting the gas on his ambitious environmental agenda. The governor on Friday announced a dramatic acceleration of his energy-efficiency plans for New York State, including a comprehensive strategy to achieve significant greenhouse gas-emission reductions over the next seven years. Targeting annual efficiencies equivalent to the amount of energy required to power nearly 2 million homes, Cuomo’s revamped plan includes $36.5 million in new state investments that, according…


NYSERDA, Israeli innovators ink clean-energy pact

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new collaboration between New York State’s advanced-energy gurus and Israel’s top innovation agency will look to speed clean-energy breakthroughs to global markets. Speaking Tuesday at Advanced Energy Conference 2018 in New York City, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul announced a new Memorandum of Understanding between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Israel Innovation Authority. The partnership will “accelerate the pace of innovation in the global (clean-energy)…


LI broker auctioning off ‘ImpeachTrump.com’ domain

By GREGORY ZELLER // With President Donald Trump girding his defenses, a clever Long Island digital-marketing firm might profit handsomely from the national impeachment debate. Holbrook-based Precision Marketing Solutions, which has virtually no web presence itself but brokers an extensive portfolio of domain names, is sitting on a doozy: ImpeachTrump.com. The premium domain name is now up for grabs in an online auction set to expire March 24. ImpeachTrump.com was registered through kingpin domain registry…


From Japan to Garden City, critics blast Trump tariffs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Over the objections of his chief economist (who quit) and virtually all U.S. trade partners (NAFTA members are spared, for now), President Donald Trump got his tariffs Thursday. On Friday, a professor in Adelphi University’s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business warned the president is “inviting retaliation” from economic allies. Add former Dean Rakesh Gupta, now an associate professor of Decision Sciences and Marketing at the Adelphi business school, to the…


Cerini & Associates launches 2018 Tax Change Blog

By EDWARD McWILLIAMS // In December 2017, the U.S. Congress passed, and President Trump signed, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which will impact virtually all taxpayers in the United States. Over the coming months, we will be regularly updating the Cerini & Associates 2018 Tax Change Blog to provide helpful and meaningful information on these tax-law changes, looking at specific provisions and new laws and how they will affect certain industries. We…


NY unveils nation’s first Offshore Wind Master Plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // With lofty short- and long-term energy goals – and a thumb directly in President Donald Trump’s eye – New York State has released the nation’s first master plan for the development of offshore windfarms. The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan will guide “the responsible and cost-effective development” of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind-generated electricity by 2030, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. That’s enough clean, renewable energy to light…


Multistate coalition to sue feds over new tax law

By GREGORY ZELLER // Responding to “an economic missile (fired) at the fiscal health of our state,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo and friends are taking the federal government to court. Joined by freshy minted New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy – all Democrats – Cuomo announced Friday that the three states have formed a coalition that will challenge the controversial Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 in court. The lawsuit specifically…


State of the State 2018: Cuomo tears into Trump, TCJA

By GREGORY ZELLER // He’s Andrew Cuomo, and he approves this message. With a deft comedic touch, impressive stamina and a decidedly presidential timbre, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered a no-holds-barred 2018 State of the State Address Wednesday, blasting “federal” targets, touting seven years of statewide socioeconomic progress under his watch and laying out an ambitious New Year’s agenda. The governor’s 90-minute address rocketed from business-development programs to clean-energy initiatives to environmental-remediation efforts to the new…


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…


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…


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…


Environmentally, economically, Climate Alliance soars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for the environment: The members of the United States Climate Alliance – now 14 states, and counting, plus Puerto Rico – are collectively on track to meet their portion of U.S. commitments under the Paris Agreement. Bad news for President Donald Trump: The economies of USCA states are growing faster than those in non-USCA states, “demonstrating that fighting climate change and creating jobs go hand-in-hand,” according to Gov. Andrew…


BNL: Staff cuts not related to Trump, 2018 cuts

By GREGORY ZELLER // The “voluntary force reduction” announced Tuesday by Brookhaven National Laboratory, which seeks to reduce the Upton lab’s workforce by roughly 6 percent, is not a reaction to President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 Department of Energy budget cuts. And it’s nothing new: A similar volunteer employee-buyout action enacted in 2015 generated 80 responses, 70 of which were accepted by BNL. Instead, the Self-Select Voluntary Separation Program – which invites eligible employees to…


As Trump ‘abdicates,’ Climate Alliance picks up slack

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Real News file comes a digital milestone for the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to upholding the tenets of the Paris climate accord. The alliance – launched in May, just hours after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the worldwide greenhouse-gas action plan – this week flipped the switch on its first website, an online hub designed “to inform Americans on state…