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Paterson Vetoes 'Deeply Flawed' Ethics Reform Bill

nydailynews.com | By Kenneth Lovett | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY - Gov. Paterson followed through on his threat to veto an ethics reform package on Tuesday, insisting it didn't go far enough to fix Albany. ...

U.S. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney on Abhorrent Anti-Gay Legislation in Uganda

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Luce

On Thought Leaders and Global Citizens. U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, representing Manhattan's Upper East Side, Roosevelt Island, and Wester...

A Letter to New York State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs

Will Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Will Schwartz

I would love to see David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo go head-to-head over their policy records. I want to see Kirstin Gillibrand prove that she can run a fair election on her record.

Gov. Paterson Keeps Troopers Out Of Albany House

nydailynews.com | By Kenneth Lovett | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Gov. Paterson has barred state troopers from entering the governor's mansion anytime he or his family is there, the Daily News has learned. He quietl...

Charter Schools Bill Ignored By Albany, State To Lose $700 Million In Federal Aid

silive.com | AP File Photo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The Legislature in a special session this evening refused to act on a bill Gov. David Paterson said is needed for the state to have a chance at $700 m...

Why I'm Introducing a Resolution to Expel Sen. Monserrate from the NY State Senate

Brian X. Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brian X. Foley

Given Sen. Monserrate's appalling behavior, I am introducing a resolution to expel him from the New York State Senate. Domestic violence has no place in our legislature.

Going Broke in Albany, Part 3: Why We're Still Screwed

Will Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Will Schwartz

I bet this Deficit Reduction Plan (DRP) won't last us through May. That's about six months before the next bout of calamity.

Fixing New York's Transit System

Gene Russianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Gene Russianoff

The new MTA management must be able to come back to the legislature and to the riders and say, we did what we promised, on time and on budget.

Paterson: 'Cutting Now Will Be Less Damaging Than Gutting Later'

nytimes.com | JEREMY W. PETERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Gov. David A. Paterson took to the radio, trying, in interviews on half a dozen stations, to add a sense of urgency to the budget negotiations, and re...

"Informed Sources": What Really Happened When Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin Got Into Upstate New York Politics

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The latest tempest involved New York's 23rd Congressional district, where the Republican candidate was forced out of the race because of her positions on gay and abortion rights.

Monserrate Called "Disgraceful, Despicable" By Bloomberg

nydailynews.com | By Kenneth Lovett and Erin Einhorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Mayor Bloomberg lit into convicted Sen. Hiram Monserrate on Sunday - at the same time as the state Senate moved to set up a panel to decide his fate....

Is it Right To Disapprove of David Paterson?

Will Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Will Schwartz

We don't need a lame duck. We need a strong executive now; one that can tame the wilds of our legislature, or at the very least stand up to its corruption.

Governor Pataki Again?

The New York Observer | Steve Kornacki | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Can you feel the George Pataki fever? Neither can I. But apparently the former New York governor think he can coax a lot of people into believing in h...

Going Broke in Albany, Part 2: Where's a Press-Induced Panic When We Need One?

Will Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Will Schwartz

There's a good chance we're on the verge of entering a new financial era in New York State. An era that will be defined by the cutting, gutting, and slashing of our social services.

Gay Marriage In New York: How Will State Senators Vote?

NY1 | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

With the announcement Tuesday from members of the New York State Senate that they'll put same-sex marriage legislation to a vote before the end of the...

Eric Shneiderman, State Senator In Charge Of Monserrate Panel

The New York Observer | Jimmy Vielkind | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

This week, Schneiderman was announced as leader of a panel charged deciding the fate of Senator Hiram Monserrate, a Queens Democrat who had just been ...

Swine Flu: Albany Spends $19,000 On Anti-Swine Flu Hand Sanitizer

New York Politics News, Reaction, and Analysis | Jimmy Vielkind | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Swine flu is upon us. And New York has responded, in part, by spending over $19,000 on 546 hand sanitizer dispensers that are now dotting the walls of...

Albany's Choice

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

By charging drivers a fee for driving into the central business district, we can prevent crippling service cuts and ensure that the MTA has a stable source of revenue for years to come.

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.

State Lawmakers Back In Albany To Deal With Deficit

Capital News 9 | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

State leaders are expected to be back in town Monday to continue efforts to reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan....

Will Cuomo Control The Dems In 2010?

The New York Observer | Steve Kornacki | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Mr. Cuomo's poll numbers are so high that - barring the overhyped possibility of a run by Rudy Giuliani - next November's election won't be much fun. ...

Why Us? How the Commuter Tax Chips Away at the Self-Sufficient Self-Employed

Samantha Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Samantha Marshall

What makes state legislators -- along with hapless mayoral candidate Bill Thompson -- think we're the perfect source of revenue to close the MTA budget gap?

Mandatory Flu Vaccines For Health Care Workers Halted

nytimes.com | Sewell Chan and Anemona Hartocollis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A judge on Friday halted enforcement of a New York State directive requiring that all health care workers be vaccinated for swine flu....

Governor Paterson Jokes About Peeing On New York Legislature

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Governor Paterson really puts the "pee" in politics. According to the New York Post's Cindy Adams, at a fundraiser on Wednesday night the governor jo...

Bloomberg Backs Paterson On Budget

nypost.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Bloomberg, who has emerged as one of Paterson's chief defenders in the budget battle, urged lawmakers to "cut the guy a break" and to end "this crazin...