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Silver Steps Down

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN and DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced his resignation as two lawmakers jockeyed for his position Friday following f...

Governor Cuomo Should Veto the Mold Legislation and Start From Square One

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 01.21.2015 | New York
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

Governor Cuomo should veto the legislation. A new mold bill should be written that includes stiff penalties. The bill should also require training of all mold workers, photographic documentation, and third party verification that mold remediation is properly completed.

Smoke, Mirrors, and the Common Core

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 05.16.2014 | New York
Nicholas Tampio

Politicians cannot make the Common Core problem disappear with smoke and mirrors. Sooner or later, most people will admit that the Common Core experiment has failed. Why wait?

A Portrait of JFK, Rockefeller Reflections

Jerry Kremer | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York
Jerry Kremer

Over my desk hangs an oil portrait of President John F. Kennedy. The painting attracts many comments from visitors to my office who admire its strong resemblance to the late president. Like all good works of art, this one has a story associated with it, and it involves Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

Exit Wound: Who Will Take on Gun Control?

Michelle Schimel | Posted 10.06.2013 | New York
Michelle Schimel

Mayor Bloomberg hasn't shied away from this challenge, and his support has been critical to the successes we have had in reducing gun crimes. I am concerned that his departure will be a setback to our continued efforts to crack down on illegal guns.

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.

Another Dem Calls For Sheldon Silver To Resign

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 05.30.2013 | New York

On Wednesday, New York State assemblywoman Inez Barron, a Democrat from Brooklyn, joined the chorus of voices calling for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Sil...

VITO TO RESIGN MONDAY

AP | Posted 05.18.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A New York assemblyman accused of sexually harassing young female staffers for years says he will resign before he's expelled from the...

HE WILL RESIGN

AP | Posted 07.17.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Democratic New York City Assemblyman Vito Lopez says he will resign amid a sexual harassment scandal and run for New York City co...

NY Assembly Passes Two-year Fracking Moratorium, Senate Expected to Follow

Steve Horn | Posted 05.07.2013 | New York
Steve Horn

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?

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Encourages Democrats To Avoid DNC Convention

The Huffington Post | Greg Rosalsky | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

The Democratic speaker of the New York state Assembly on Tuesday gave a pass to members of his conference who are part of the growing number of Democr...

Brothers Run For State Legislature

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics

Two 20-something brothers from Brooklyn say that their bids for seats in the New York state legislature are not a way for them to find wives. Mois...

NY Calls For Fracking Health Study

AP | MARY ESCH | Posted 05.13.2012 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental and health groups are praising the New York State Assembly for including an independent health impact study of hyd...

New York State Assembly Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Reuters | Dan Wiessner | Posted 08.15.2011 | New York

By Dan Wiessner ALBANY, June 15 (Reuters) - The New York state Assembly approved same-sex marriage on Wednesday and the bill is likely to face ...

Teen Tan Ban Coming To New York?

AP | By MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 07.04.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Fulfilling the "Jersey Shore" mantra of G.T.L. – gym, tanning, laundry – may soon be a lot harder for teenagers in New Yor...

Ed Koch: You're Either on the Side of the Angels, or You're a Bum

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

I am intrigued by former Mayor Ed Koch's Don Quixote campaign to rid the New York State's dysfunctional legislature of all the crooks and bums.

The One-Two Punch of Autism

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Last month both the Assembly and state Senate unanimously passed groundbreaking bipartisan legislation that will put New York at the forefront of a nationwide effort to provide health insurance coverage for people with autism.