The facts on the New York State budget

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduces his Executive Budget proposal, how will he propose to close the projected $6.1 billion budget gap. By controlling spending, not new taxes.

Is Bello’s big advantage enough?

In Monroe County, Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 60,000 registered voters. But that alone might not carry Adam Bello to victory over GOP incumbent Cheryl Dinolfo in next week’s county executive election.

Which way forward?

Kendra Evans helped organize the 2016 Unity Walk against racism in Pittsford and co-founded PittsForward, a nonpartisan, grassroots initiative. Now she is running on the Democratic line against incumbent Supervisor Bill Smith, a Republican. Evans says she wants to spur “meaningful movement forward,” but can she win over those who believe efforts like PittsForward polarize the town?

Mr. Morelle in Washington

Known as a convener and bridge builder, freshman Rep. Joe Morelle is learning to navigate the highly partisan corridors of power in the nation’s capital. Will he be able to reach across the aisle without rankling his own party?

Can we bridge the divide of bitter partisanship?

Speaking at a recent RIT symposium, two renowned political philosophers—Robert George and Cornel West—with diametrically opposed ideologies spoke of the urgent need to counter fierce tribalism and civic division.

Privacy law is coming

Privacy law is picking up steam across the country and abroad, with numerous bills threatening hefty fines or consumer class-action liability for noncompliance. Because compliance takes time, businesses must begin efforts now to comply with privacy laws not yet in force, even while it remains unclear who it is that will ultimately do the regulating.

A third way on marijuana legalization

New York should fix the problematic effects stemming from current laws—including the disparate effects of arrests on minority communities—by effectively decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of pot and expunging old convictions.

AIM’s unlevel field for upstate cities

Reducing the large disparity in tax rates among cities, towns and villages with high property taxes and those with lower tax rates should be a priority for reform of the state’s Aid and Incentives for Municipalities revenue-sharing program.

A tale of two Nunes

Local attorney and musician Paul Nunes disdains the politics of Devin Nunes, the California Republican who is one of Donald Trump’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill. What truly rankles him, though, is how the congressman pronounces their shared patronymic.