11:17 AM, Feb 27, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A New York pet store owner has decided not to expand his business because of $100,000 in new costs from Obamacare:
"Everything is on hold. We won't grow. We won't reach that threshold. It is not worth it for us," says pet store owner Matt Sames.
The reporter adds, "He says he scrapped his plans because of the Affordable Care Act. Opening two more locations would increase his company's employee size to 50, making it mandatory for him to provide health care for all his workers."
"If we wouldn't cover those 50 employees, I think there's a $2,000 penalty per employee. So that is a $100,000 bill," says the owner.
12:41 PM, Feb 21, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at United Nations headquarters today for Bloomberg's new role as United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change. At the photo op, the secretary general was effusive in his praise of Bloomberg, even crediting him for transforming New York City into a "carbon-free city" [emphasis added]:
6:01 PM, Feb 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Matt Doheny, a House candidate in upstate New York, lost his two previous bids for the seat. His more recent defeat, in 2012, came after photos and video surfaced of Doheny, then engaged, kissing one woman and canoodling with her and another woman outside a Washington, D.C., restaurant. Doheny had been attending a GOP-sponsored candidate workshop in Washington.
12:16 PM, Feb 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican investment banker and two-time candidate for Congress Matt Doheny is running again for a House seat in upstate New York. Roll Call reports:
1:53 PM, Feb 10, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Vice President Biden going off unscripted always makes a day more interesting. In his most recent bit of spontaneity, he says what in the mouth of a civilian would be a commonplace observation:
Hosted by Michael Graham.6:30 PM, Jan 21, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with senior writer Mark Hemingway on the New York City Human Rights Commission's curious case against dress codes at stores run by religious store owners in Williamsburg.
5:38 PM, Jan 21, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Yesterday, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported on the New York City human rights commission's dubious case against seven business owners in the Hasidic community Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The commission alleged that these Jewish stores were guilty of religious and sexual discrimination for posting dress code signs requiring "No Shorts, No Barefoot, No Sleeveless, No Low Cut Neckline," and the stores were facing $75,000 in potential fines. The commission had already been slapped down last year by an administrative judge for alleging that the posted dress code was an attempt by the Orthodox Jewish business owners to impose their religion on others—after all, no one disputes that similar dress codes in courtrooms and other private establishments are acceptable.
4:46 PM, Jan 20, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The New York City human rights commission is putting seven Jewish business owners on trial tomorrow for discrimination in the heavily Hasidic neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Orthodox Jewish business owners' supposed crime? Posting a dress code in storefront windows:
The human rights commission's case is so thin that one of their lead witnesses has a lengthy history of expressing anti-Israel sentiment.
8:52 AM, Jan 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio spent nearly half a million dollars on his inauguration on January 1. $35,250 of that was for a Teleprompter.
Via Capital New York:
11:27 AM, Dec 27, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Seems that New York is about to be overtaken by Florida as the nation’s third most populous state. As Jesse McKinley of the New York Times reports, this is:
Dec 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 16 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
If you have a taste for Schadenfreude (and who doesn’t, especially in this holiday season?), you’ll enjoy Anemona Hartocollis’s article in the New York Times of December 14. Here’s the opening paragraph:
Rob Astorino, successful New York Republican Dec 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12 • By TERRY EASTLAND
On November 5, Republican Rob Astorino was reelected executive of upscale Westchester County, which lies directly north of New York City, between the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. Back from a week of postelection beachifying in Puerto Rico, Astorino is already thinking about running for office again—next year, for governor, against the incumbent Democrat, Andrew Cuomo, who intends to seek a second term.
4:01 PM, Nov 12, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic National Committee chair and Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told CNN this weekend that House Democrats would run--and win--in 2014 by embracing the Affordable Care Act.
“I think actually that Democrats will be able to run on Obamacare as an advantage,” Wasserman Schultz said.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:15 PM, Nov 6, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes recapping the 2013 elections in Virginia, New Jersey, New York and across the country.
10:44 AM, Nov 5, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Elections, as we are too-often reminded, have consequences. You vote for someone who says that you can keep your health care plan and … er, bad example.