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Loving Daughter Starts #DateDiane Campaign So Her Mom Won't Be Lonely

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.14.2015 | Good News

One mom is about to get a lot more friends, thanks to a thoughtful daughter and the nice people of the Interwebs. Diane Hoit, who lives in Albany, New...

Suspects Said They Were Cooking Chicken, But It Was Actually...

AP | Posted 12.05.2013 | Weird News

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say two people were making meth when their central New York apartment caught fire, and not cooking a batch of chicke...

Bin Laden 'Manhunt' Has Lessons For Albany Schools

Art Brodsky | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Art Brodsky

Every day, stories are in the newspapers trying to figure out what made the Tsarnaev brothers do what they did. To get to the why, you have to get into the head of the person.

The Sweetest Airport Goodbye Ever

AP | Posted 03.06.2013 | Weddings

COLONIE, N.Y. — A military couple has enlisted the help of a New York airport's staff to get married while awaiting flights to their respective ...

Fair Elections for NY: Make It There, It'll Make It Anywhere

Jonathan Backer | Posted 07.17.2012 | New York
Jonathan Backer

As Lawrence Lessig says, "It is as if America ran two elections every cycle, one a money election and one a voting election. To get to the second, you need to win the first. But to win the first, you must keep that tiniest fraction of the one percent happy."

Houdini Mehlman and His Bag of Gay Tricks

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 08.07.2011 | New York
Adrian Margaret Brune

Today, Ken Mehlman is at the state capital in Albany trying to drum up support for gay marriage in NY. But he is not adding anything to the gay community; he is simply trying to pick up the pieces of his own mistakes.

How Albany Kills Job Creation

Kathryn Wylde | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kathryn Wylde

The only good way to end New York state's fiscal crisis is job creation and economic growth -- but much of state government doesn't seem to have gotten the message.

Sex, Lies, Scandals and Governor David Paterson

John Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Robinson

I am very disappointed in David Paterson. Our governor broke the rules he is supposed to uphold. More than that, he had an opportunity to be a leader...

The Corrupt Spectacle of New York's State Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steven Cohen

The corrupt and dysfunctional environment in Albany does not excuse the abuse of power of which the governor, the state police and his top aide have been accused.

N.Y. group asks caves nationwide to be closed due to bat deaths | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ALBANY, N.Y. -- An advocacy group alarmed over the mass die-off of bats with white-nose syndrome asked the Department of Interior today to close a...

Help Local Reporters in Haiti

Bronx News Network | Bronx News Network | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

By now much of the world has learned about the catastrophic earthquake that happened in Haiti this week. I think everyone at the Bronx News Network w...

NY may try to collect taxes on Indian cigarettes

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ALBANY, N.Y. — A deepening deficit has New York officials looking again at collecting taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian tribes to non-Indians.

The issue is also making unlikely allies of cigarette makers and anti-smoking interests who say taxation would limit illegal sales and keep cigarettes out of the hands of minors.

At stake is what the state, cigarette companies and a leading anti-smoking group say is $400 million or more in annual revenue. That almost equals a proposed midyear cut in school aid.

The Seneca Nation of Indians counters that its sales yield millions more in spinoff economic benefits to communities than the taxes would generate.

A budget hearing Tuesday will also address concerns the tax collections could lead to repeats of violence that marked past confrontations.

Rudy Giuliani considers N.Y. Senate bid, despite pressure for Gov run | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who many Republicans have been pushing to run for governor in 2010, is instead leaning m...

Fatal fungus found in N.J. kills off 93 percent of N.Y. bat population | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Bat populations in caves struck by deadly white-nose syndrome have plunged by up to 93 percent, according to a survey of Northeast...

N.Y. declares state of emergency due to rise in swine flu cases | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Matt Rainey/The Star-LedgerEmployees of Morristown Memorial Hospital receive flu vaccinations on Sept. 17 at the hospital in Morristown. ALBANY, N...

Joe Bruno Guilty, NY Senate Rules Should Be Named Co-Conspirator

Brian Keeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brian Keeler

Because there has been no threat to the power structure in Albany for so long, players left and right have learned to play the system, and the lawmakers have done nothing to upset the cart.

N.Y. Senate votes on gay marriage | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The state senate will take a long-awaited vote on a bill to legalize gay marriage. But the outcome of the vote today that could gi...

Does Bloomberg Really Want to Save Mass Transit?

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

If Mayor Bloomberg is keen to improve mass transit in New York City, he should begin by making a larger commitment from the city's huge capital budget.

NY Lawmakers "Double Dipping": Take Pensions On Top Of Salary Pay

New York Times | DANNY HAKIM | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY -- When Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg retired last year, there were no sendoffs, no cakes and no serenades. In fact, no one even knew he had l...

NYC Left High and Dry

Ester Fuchs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ester Fuchs

NYC is the poster child for America's dysfunctional federalism. It makes no difference the magnitude of the crisis. We can be in the deepest recession since the great Depression and the City is held hostage to the unaccountable politics of Albany.

The Albany Coup In Pictures (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post | Dennis Tang | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The New York State Senate adjourned today for the summer, after one of the more absurd periods in its history. Take a look back on a month of political bedlam in Albany with this handy slideshow summary.

Mayor Bloomberg's School Control Bill Is Stalled In Senate

New York Times | JEREMY W. PETERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY -- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's efforts to renew his control of New York City's school system stalled on Wednesday as Senate Democrats insisted...

Episcopal bishops OK prayer for gay couples

AP | MICHELLE RINDELS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Episcopal bishops authorized the church Wednesday to start drafting an official prayer for same-sex couples, another step toward acceptance of gay relationships that will deepen the rift between the denomination and its fellow Anglicans overseas.

The bishops voted 104-30 at the Episcopal General Convention to "collect and develop theological resources and liturgies" for blessing same-gender relationships, which would be considered at the next national meeting in 2012.

The resolution notes the growing number of states that allow gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships, and gave bishops in those regions discretion to provide a "generous pastoral response" to couples in local parishes.

Many Episcopal dioceses already allow clergy to bless same-sex couples but there is no official liturgy for the ceremonies in the denomination's Book of Prayer. The measure still needs the approval of the lay people and priest delegates at the assembly, which ends Friday.

"We certainly feel a deep need to be able to proclaim the love of God in the midst of a changing reality," said Suffragan Bishop James Curry of the Diocese of Connecticut, one of six states that are legalizing same-gender marriage.

Sen. Espada To Return To Democrats

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's Senate standoff ended Thursday as it started 31 days ago, with a freshman Democrat shifting the balance of power in th...

Albany Senators Have Paychecks Withheld

New York Daily News | Kenneth Lovett and Glenn Blain | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Thirty-one days into their stalemate, do-nothing warring state senators are having their salaries withheld Wednesday - for the first time since the in...