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New York State Assembly

Ed Koch's Excellent Adventure

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

The ex-mayor has launched New York Uprising, a non-partisan, independent group that is trying to achieve the impossible: cleaning up Albany.

Make New York Matter: Tell Albany to Pass the National Popular Vote

Jeffrey Dinowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jeffrey Dinowitz

New Yorkers contributed upwards of $90 million to Barack Obama and John McCain. And yet, the two campaigns spent less than $4,000 on advertising in the Empire State.

Governor Richard Ravitch -- Now More Than Ever

David A. Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Singer

We need Governor Ravitch now. He's the adult in the room. Ravitch has the gravitas, trust and respect of elected officials from both parties.

NY Assembly Special Election Results Bode Ill for Paterson and for Dems in State Senate

David A. Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Singer

In Tuesday's four special elections to fill vacant New York State Assembly seats, Republicans won three of the four races, and garnered a net gain of two seats.

Reading the Tea(bagger) Leaves From Next Week's New York State Assembly Special Elections

David A. Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Singer

Two Assembly races can be viewed as harbingers of whether the New York State Senate will revert to Republican control, or whether the bare Democratic majority will increase.

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...

Sarah Palin Friends Doug Hoffman

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kelly

Listen, I'm in no position to say the people of upstate New York shouldn't vote for Palin's candidate. What do I know? And Doug Hoffman can do what he wants, including go into business with unspeakably sleazy characters.

Unions, NY Assembly Want To Curb 'Temporary' Hires, Governor Paterson Disagrees

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Public worker unions and New York's Assembly are angling to curb the hiring of temporary workers and consultants instead of perma...

Patriarch of Maloney Clan, Clif Maloney, Passes On

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Clif, 71, husband of Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, passed away in September after climbing one of the tallest mountains in the world, Mt. Cho Oyu, between Nepal and China.

Senate/Assembly Pork: Who's Getting the Choicest Cuts?

Times Union | Times Union | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Under Democratic control of the Senate, upstate lost nearly $26 million in member items, the discretionary grants doled out by legislators commonly ca...

A November Election For Lieutenant Governor?

Bill Cunningham | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Bill Cunningham

A 1943 N.Y. court ruling ordered the state to hold an election to fill a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor. Yes, we could have an election this November to decide who will fill the current vacancy.

MMA Legalization in the State of New York: The Facts, not Emotion, Speak for Themselves

Dr. Johnny Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Johnny Benjamin

In the state of New York, MMA (as governed by the unified rules) is an acceptable sporting activity.

"The Jim Crow Laws of the 21st Century": Will New York Change?

Odile Weissenborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Odile Weissenborn

In New York, the 36-year-old Rockefeller Drug Laws may be massively overhauled.

Harvey Milk Lives -- in Albany

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Luce

Handsome, dedicated, and driven, Micah is the disabled with cerebral palsy, Jewish progressive, openly bisexual, who represents a swath of Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Taking a Bite out of Fur in the Big Apple

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Some fur-trimmed jackets are being falsely advertised as "fake" and as the wrong species of animal -- when they may contain fur from domestic dogs or raccoon dogs skinned alive in China.

Consider the Environmental Positions of Every Candidate on the Ballot

Stefan Deeran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Stefan Deeran

Voting for the top of the ticket is obviously important on November 4th. But do you know where your state legislative candidates stand on environmental issues that directly affect where you live and work?

Drug War Makes New York Legislator Doggone Crazy

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

New York State Assemblyman Thomas Kirwan recently introduced legislation that would prevent people with felony drug convictions from owning dogs such as pit bulls and Rottweilers.