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Albany Politics

Getting the Story Wrong: The Distortion of American Politics by the Press

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.06.2016 | Media
Lawrence Wittner

Ever since the founding of the American Republic, there has been both praise for and suspicion of the role the press plays in U.S. political life.

39 Words That Must Be in Governor Cuomo's Annual Message: Rolling Back the Board of Elections on LLC Campaign Contributions

Andrew Stengel | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Andrew Stengel

The fix is quite simple: adding only 39 words to one subdivision of a section in the Election Law. So simple that legislators who attend the governor's annual address on January 16 could go directly to their respective chambers, pass the legislation and Governor Cuomo could sign the law that very day.

Albany's Groundhog Day and New York's Secret Anti-Corruption Law

Andrew Stengel | Posted 12.03.2016 | New York
Andrew Stengel

Before I was a criminal defense lawyer, I was a prosecutor. Before I was a prosecutor I was the Senior Adviser for Government Reform for the Majority Conference in New York State Senate (the irony of the title considering the stream of corruption prosecutions and convictions since is not lost on me.)

Why I Oppose Fracking

Randy Credico | Posted 11.05.2014 | New York
Randy Credico

New York has a growing tourism industry based on scenic beauty, clean water, and unspoiled nature. Small family farms and ranches are making a comeback. Our new breweries and wineries are gaining worldwide recognition. They all depend on our clean pure water. Fracking would destroy all that.

Restoring Common Sense to the NY Governor's Race

Randy Credico | Posted 11.02.2014 | New York
Randy Credico

Proclaiming a crusade to "Clean up Albany" (sigh, again) has always been a colorful campaign gimmick. But it won't make life better for 90 percent of our citizens. As New York's next governor, I will personally take the lead in correcting the injustices and inadequacy of the state's economy.

Doesn't Bella Deserve Better?

Lauren Hersh | Posted 08.18.2014 | New York
Lauren Hersh

In New York, a person who commits statutory rape receives a higher penalty than a person who buys sex from that same child, signaling that the child who has been bought is less worthy of protection. It is time that Albany sets aside politics and protects people.

Interview and Review: Son Keeps His Father's Legacy in Motion, While "Others" Try to Stop the Train

Isa Freeling | Posted 05.18.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Traditional African patterns ornament the ovalescent center while the figure is surrounded at top and bottom with the inherited African motifs of the nation he was born to -- but what is inside Mr. Mitchell is boundless without physical context to distinguish him from any other.

The Women's Equality Act: A No Brainer for New York

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Taina Bien-Aime

The legislation is testament that we cannot parse out women's rights, drop by drop. It is recognition that if New York doesn't legislate against discrimination, it in effect condones inequality.

New York's Sex Trafficking Law Needs to Change: It's Time to Listen to the Real Experts

Lauren Hersh | Posted 08.11.2013 | New York
Lauren Hersh

Sex traffickers prey on the vulnerable for financial gain. They provide girls and women with the "love" they are yearning for and through coercion and manipulation force them to make them money through prostitution.

Stop Crimes Against Democracy: End Campaign Finance Corruption Now

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

An estimated 500 people arrived in a caravan of buses from throughout the state. Their mission: to press for passage of a Fair Elections bill in the State Senate. Here is the opportunity for a state to lead the nation on what must be done to cure our collective political ills.

Cuomo Backtracks On Gun Control Law

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 05.21.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- New York lawmakers said they reached a "conceptual" deal on the state budget late Wednesday, though they quickly acknowledged they haven't s...

The Hottest Race for the NY State Senate: George Latimer vs. Bob Cohen

David A. Singer | Posted 12.18.2012 | New York
David A. Singer

All eyes are on this race -- and all expect the fur and mud to fly. A series of debates are slated to be held over the next couple of weeks. Expect another nail biter on November 6.

We Cannot Afford to Deregulate 'VoIP'

Ruben Diaz Jr. | Posted 05.23.2012 | New York
Ruben Diaz Jr.

Cable companies and Verizon are now trying to deregulate digital phone service, also known as VoIP, in Albany. If this proposal were to become law, all consumers would lose out.

Nectar of the Clods

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

The fight over the budget in Albany is impossible to explain, and even if I tried to do so, it would just make you feel terrible about New York's wretched politics. So let's stick to the question of selling wine in grocery stores.

Albany's New Wage Theft Bill Could Halt the Hidden Crime Wave

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Nearly a billion dollars were stolen in New York City last year. The crooks in question are corrupt bosses who steal their employees' earnings by paying less than minimum wage.

New Constitution Called For As Albany Disgust Rises

New York Times | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY - Few New Yorkers would disagree that state politics are broken. Even fewer are the number of proposed fixes - from term limits for lawmakers t...