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NYC's Chinatown Finally Represented By An Asian-American In State Assembly

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics

Yuh-Line Niou (D) has officially started her historic term as the first Asian-American representative of New York City’s Chinatown in State legislat...

Sheldon Silver Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK, May 3 (Reuters) - Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, for decades one of the state's most powerful politicians, was sente...

The Public Should Pay for Elections So Politicians Can't Be Bought

Dave Palmer | Posted 12.17.2016 | New York
Dave Palmer

Until election campaigns in New York State are publicly funded, getting rid of bad-apple politicians won't do much. The whole tree is rotten.

5 Ways Nail Salon Workers are Winning: Victory in New York State Legislature

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 06.19.2016 | New York
Charlene Obernauer

As the New York State legislative session extends indefinitely, nail salon workers and advocates are celebrating perhaps the biggest victory for low-wage workers this legislative session.

Sheldon Silver Indicted On Federal Corruption Charges

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A federal grand jury voted Thursday morning to indict former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges,...

Trust in the Time of Silver

Noam Bramson | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Noam Bramson

It's admittedly hard to tell from the headlines, especially out of Albany, but political corruption of the cash-in-envelope variety is rare, probably rarer today than at any time in American history. My plea is simply this: Leave some room for trust.

Honoring Ordinary Behavior Cheapens Police Profession

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 01.19.2015 | New York
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

It is true that the members of the New York Police Department are underpaid and under-appreciated. But since when do we honor people for being decent human beings? Although noble, I find this very troubling.

How Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Mel Brooks Can Win

Richard Brodsky | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

There are not enough adjectives to adequately describe the failures of Democratic campaigns across the nation -- but let's try a few.

Astoria Characters: The Chief of Staff

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.23.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's hard for Samantha Darche to keep a straight face. Every time she sees the camera, she cracks up. No matter what she does, she can't subpoena her solemn face.

The Filibuster and Unwritten Laws: Who's an Oxymoron?

Richard Brodsky | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Democrats aren't innocent victims. They abused the filibuster too. And Republicans like John McCain used to have enough clout to tamp down the excesses. No more. We're headed to democracy by gladiator, where we all watch to see who gets killed and who gets to fight another day.

Austerity on the Ropes: How Krugman Is Winning the Battle and Obama Is Losing the War

Richard Brodsky | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

In comes Paul Krugman of the New York Times. Almost single-handedly he has made the case for stimulus and investment, and disemboweled the idea that spending cuts will get us out of this long, slow glide to economic oblivion.

GOP Assemblyman Compares Cuomo To Hitler, Mussolini

Posted 02.05.2013 | New York

Republican New York Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin apologized Tuesday for comparing Governor Andrew Cuomo to fascist dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito M...

CARTOON: New York Takes First Place In Gun Control Action

Posted 01.16.2013 | Black Voices

The state of New York took a leap ahead of Washington, D.C.,passing the nation's toughest gun legislation since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shoot...

Cuomo: Pols Should Ignore 'Extremists' In Gun Debate

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 03.13.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- As the NRA called him "America's most anti-gun governor," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday it would be a "dereliction" of duty if state le...

Which Party Show Strongest Support For Charters In State Assembly?

Posted 11.02.2012 | Education

In a report released Thursday, the Albany-based Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability rated New York State legislators’ votes on recent b...

A Silver Lining

The New York Times | Posted 08.31.2012 | New York

By Danny Hakim ALBANY — Assembly Democrats rallied around Speaker Sheldon Silver on Thursday, as he faced an inquiry into his handling of sexual ...

Dem Politician Reportedly Told Female Staffers Not To Wear Bras | Posted 08.29.2012 | New York

Five women who worked for Vito J. Lopez, the assemblyman at the center of a broadening sexual harassment scandal, described in interviews an atmospher...

Assembly Paid $103K In Lopez Harassment Case

Posted 08.28.2012 | New York

In the wake of sexual harassment charges made against New York Assemblyman Vito Lopez, The New York Times reports New York State Assembly Speaker Shel...

Powerful NY Democrat Accused Of Sexual Assault

Capital New York | Joe Pompeo | Posted 08.24.2012 | New York

Representative Jerrold Nadler is calling for Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign his post in the Assembly and as chair of the Brooklyn Democratic organiz...

Election Pits Candidate Against Fiancee

The Huffington Post | Nate Willis | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

The race for a minor party line for a New York state Assembly seat has pitted a man and his fiancee against each other. It's not a lovers' quarrel ...

With the Affordable Care Act Hanging by a Thread, It's Time for Single-Payer

Pearl Korn | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Progressives and all other rational human beings should ramp up their efforts to build the movement for single-payer and work to ignite the Occupy movement on this issue.

Medical Marijuana Reconsidered In New York

Posted 04.09.2012 | New York

The push to bring medical marijuana to New York is gaining new momentum in Albany this week. The Wall Street Journal reports State Senator Diane Savin...

What Is Andrew Cuomo's Secret?

Dan Collins | Posted 04.25.2012 | New York
Dan Collins

The New York governor has racked up an impressive victory streak in Albany -- a place where governing effectively is very difficult. Can he keep it up?

Lady Gaga Needed to Stop New York Redistricting Disaster

Dan Collins | Posted 04.09.2012 | New York
Dan Collins

Do you think there's a celebrity somewhere who'd be interested in taking on legislative redistricting? I know it's quite a lift. But if there was ever a good cause that needed some glamour, this is it.

Forum: Redistricting And Its Impact On Long Island Communities Of Color

Ted Hesson | Posted 04.02.2012 | New York
Ted Hesson

Last week, a New York State legislative task force released its statewide electoral district maps, the result of partisan wrangling in Albany notoriou...