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New York's Utilities Are Waging War On New York's Ratepayers...

Joel Sucher | Posted 06.30.2016 | New York
Joel Sucher

Con-Ed has recently filed for another increase that would boost electric rates by 9.5% and natural gas rates by 13.4%, making it more difficult to pay bills for those already struggling to stay afloat.

New York State Legislature Gives Mute Swans Another Reprieve

Mary Lou Simms | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Mary Lou Simms

For the third year in a row, the state assembly and senate have each reintroduced a bill that calls for a two-year moratorium on a controversial plan to wipe out the state's 2200 free-roaming mute swans.

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.

One Of New York's Most Powerful Politicians Convicted In Bribery Case

Reuters | Braden Goyette | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics

By Nate Raymond and Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Sheldon Silver, one of New York’s most powerful politicians for two decades, was convicte...

Open Letter to the State Legislature: Time to Act on Restoring Trust in New York's Criminal Justice System

Andrew M. Cuomo | Posted 05.18.2016 | New York
Andrew M. Cuomo

Under my proposal, the district attorneys are given the benefit of the doubt and are not superseded until a reason exists that suggests bias or wrongdoing. However, I would also reform the grand jury system to increase transparency by mandating that in such cases, there is public disclosure of the district attorneys instructions to the grand jury as to which charges they should consider.

Slow Death of the Neighborhood Doctor

Anthony Figliola | Posted 06.09.2015 | New York
Anthony Figliola

For many physicians throughout New York State, negotiating with insurance companies has become a primary component of their job description. Patients' wait times are increasing and the time spent with the physician is getting shorter.

Restoring Long Island's Water

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 12.06.2014 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

It's our health, our environment, and our economy that is at risk. Our elected officials should be prepared to stand up for us.

Politics Over Freedom, Again

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

Only a few weeks ago college and university presidents were falling over themselves to be the loudest (if not among the first) to denounce the American Studies Association's academic boycott of Israel.

Priorities for Governor Cuomo's Next Budget

Carol Kellermann | Posted 02.17.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have successfully tackled serious budget issues in recent years, but important challenges remain.

Casino Brawl Business as Usual for New York State Legislature

Dan Collins | Posted 04.17.2012 | New York
Dan Collins

The bizarre late-night fight involving state Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, proves that the state legislature retains its amazing capacity to surprise, delight, amuse and nauseate.

Governor Cuomo's Bet

Jay Mandle | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics
Jay Mandle

It is because the Governor of New York is an ambitious politician that his endorsement of the public funding of election campaigns, contained in his State of the State address, is of great significance.

Matt Sledge

Marriage Equality On The Books, But Transgender New Yorkers Still Waiting | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Nine years ago gay and lesbian activists made a decision. To get a non-discrimination bill they desperately wanted past New York's state legislature, ...

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Redistricting

Morgan Pehme | Posted 10.19.2011 | New York
Morgan Pehme

New Yorkers have shown a much greater interest in addressing gerrymandering than ever before. But there is still a great deal about the current debate that is largely unknown, misunderstood, or unsaid.

For God's Sake -- Stop Talking

Cliff Schecter | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Lately, there would seem to be a whole lot more people who have a direct channel to the Big Guy Upstairs than one could have humanly thought possible.

Andrew Cuomo Has a Good Thing Going

Dan Collins | Posted 08.14.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

New York is infamous as a tough lift for any governor who hopes just to keep things under control, let alone actually change things. Andrew Cuomo just may be the most successful governor in America.

Let's Keep Tap Water Safe From Fracking (Video)

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 08.08.2011 | Green
Mark Ruffalo

My family moved to our quiet farming town on the Delaware River so we could enjoy a simple, healthy life outside of the bustling city. We want to enjoy that peace down the road, and know that the tap water we drink, and bathe our children in, is safe.

Greed Rules

Henry J. Stern | Posted 07.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

We turn today to one of New York State's oldest oxymorons: Albany ethics. Governor Cuomo has sent an ethics package to the Senate and the Assembly, and is speaking up for it on a statewide tour.

Friends Don't Let Friends Suffer Discrimination

Cindy Handler | Posted 07.09.2011 | New York
Cindy Handler

If a majority of voters support gay marriage, but most of the voices being heard are against it, the problem for legalization advocates is not the message, but mobilization.

The Futility of American State Budget Politics

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Steven Cohen

The only way out of the descending political spiral over taxes, spending, and state budgets is for the image of government to turn around and for people to once again believe that their tax money is well spent.

New Study Uncovers Wage Theft and Workplace Abuse in the Garden State

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

For day laborers, finding work too often means accepting less than minimum wage, forgoing safety equipment, or enduring abuse by crooked employers. A ...

How to Fix Albany? Split your Ticket on Tuesday and Elect Andrew Cuomo Governor and Harry Wilson Comptroller

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

Not much needs to be said about the wisdom of voting for Andrew Cuomo for Governor. Carl Paladino probably never had much of a shot in the general e...

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Sheldon Silver's State-Business Stock Ties | By Kenneth Lovett | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver owns stock in 30 companies with business before the state, the Daily News has learned. The shares are a pote...

Espada Throws Money At Protesters (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. tried to "make it rain" on protesters in the state capitol by hurling money at them. Tenants rights activi...

State Budget FINALLY Approved | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

By Heather Grossmann DNAinfo News Editor MANHATTAN -- New York State finally passed it's four-month late budget with the State Senate's approved of ...

Lessons from Dimock, PA: Calling for a Moratorium on Natural Gas Drilling in New York

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mark Ruffalo

Do we take the dirty-energy money and run and screw the consequences? Or do we build something more sustainable that doesn't hurt the people around us? Which do you choose?