In 1977, New York removed criminal penalties for private possession of marijuana and made possession in public view a criminal offense. For years, there were relatively few arrests in New York for possession of marijuana in public view -- 1990 saw about 1,000. By last year, that number had skyrocketed to 45,000.
This is the third time the Assembly has passed such a bill, with similar moratorium bills passing in 2010 and 2011, but then dying a slow death in the Senate and never reaching the governor's desk, meaning the de facto moratorium has remained in place. Could the third time be a charm in 2013 in the Empire State?
So you're depressed about Citizens United, and you feel there are no options. You want a theory of change, how we get from candidates raising all thei...
President Obama can't solve the climate crisis alone, and this momentum in the states is an encouraging sign for anyone who wants to see our elected officials address the challenge of our generation, our changing climate.
"Retreat" might not be a good word to use for what needs to be done. It infers losing. "Adjustment" is a better word. We must adjust to the reality of our shifting shores.
Working families need a minimum wage increase, and they need to know that as the price of public transportation and housing rises, so do their wages. Minimum wage earners make about $15,000 a year.
President Obama gets it. Governor Cuomo gets it. Now, we need a mayor who recognizes the need for a game-changing overhaul of our schools that starts with getting early education right. Anything less, and we are leaving our kids behind.
If rumor becomes plan, then the residents of the Southern Tier become unwilling lab rats in our governor's fracking experiment. It's an experiment that risks ruin for many in the form of poisoned water, toxic air, burning flare stacks, mystery chemicals, and 24/7 noise.
There's still time for the governor to back more progressive priorities, but he won't do it if he doesn't hear from us. Remember, the struggle for equality and social justice doesn't end with gay marriage.
For many storm victims whose homes were battered or destroyed by Sandy, the answer is "rebuild." Governor Cuomo has an alternative. ...
If the administration thinks it can bite the bullet -- allow drilling, take the short-term political hit and move on -- it's got another thing coming. Any decision to allow drilling in New York will have grave and long-term political consequences.
Two potential candidates for president in 2016, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, have taken opposing positions on raising the minimum wage in their states.
Welcome again to my blog, Toxic Tracks. Please send along any feedback or ideas for environmental health topics via email or Twitter. With only weeks...
For many years New York state had a reputation of being openly hostile to business. Thinking outside of the box was not in the government handbook. The business culture is beginning to change under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Governor Cuomo, if you do not believe the federal government's judgment about the severe criminality of the act of marijuana possession, why do you trust their position on the medical use of marijuana?
School Closure Personal For The Obamas? The Chicago Sun-Times is out with a list of 193 schools that could potentially be closed under Chicago Public Schools' effort to save money by shuttering "underutilized buildings." Among them is Bouchet Academy -- and as Alexander Russo notes, that's the elementary school Michelle Obama attended. (It was called Bryn Mawr Elementary School when she studied there.)