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

Dave Palmer | Posted 12.17.2015 | 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.

The Moral High Ground: Why NYS Senate Should Pass the Emergency Medical Marijuana Bill

Julie Netherland | Posted 06.12.2016 | Politics
Julie Netherland

Albany, mired in a slew of corruption scandals, now has the opportunity to end this legislative session on the moral high ground.

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos Resigns Amid Corruption Charges

Reuters | Daniel Wiessner | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics

May 11 (Reuters) - New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Monday said he would resign his leadership post a week after being charged i...

A View of Healthcare from Room K 631

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Pearl Korn

Hours before Christmas, at exactly 7:00am on December 24th, I was heading to the Emergency Room at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Montefiore ...

GOP Candidate For State Senate Ends Campaign After Admitting Affair

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

A Republican candidate for the New York state Senate ended her campaign on Wednesday after announcing that she had a recent affair. "I have made pe...

Fighting Back Against 'Hobby Lobby'

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 09.16.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

New York State has long been a leader in advancing women's equality, stretching back to the Seneca Falls Convention 166 years ago this weekend. Sadly, as we mark this important anniversary, hard-won victories by the women's rights movement are being threatened by a radical right wing that seeks to roll back the progress we've made.

Is Andrew Cuomo a Democrat? Then He'll Support Democrat Oliver Koppell Over "Independent" Jeff Klein

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.07.2014 | New York
Ian Reifowitz

It's relatively simple, folks. New York is a blue state. We have, at least in theory, a Democratic governor in Andrew Cuomo. We have a strong Democrat...

Samantha Lachman

GOP Candidate Who Retweeted Sexist, Racist Tweets Wanted To 'Share Other People's Viewpoints' | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state Senate candidate admitted Wednesday that he deleted his personal Twitter account after retweeting offensive messages ...

Failing is the New Passing

Elissa Stein | Posted 10.09.2013 | New York
Elissa Stein

Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education are rushing to assure parents and school that these sub par grades will not reflect negatively on report cards, middle and high school admissions, teacher evaluations, and school ratings. But how can they not?

Paul Blumenthal

Big Defeat For Campaign Finance Reform | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York state's comprehensive campaign finance reform, including public election financing, failed Thursday night in the state Senate. ...

Republican Doubles Down On Call For Boston Suspect To Be Tortured

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

A New York Republican is defending his call for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be tortured during the interrogation process. ...

Savino: Marijuana Bill Has Clear Majority In NY Senate

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 06.17.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- A "solid" 38 senators -- a clear majority -- back the legalization of medical marijuana in New York, a key senator claimed Tuesday. "We hav...

John Celock

Surprise Twist In Final State Race | John Celock | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

Democrats have officially captured a majority of the seats in the New York State Senate, but Republicans will continue to control the chamber, through...

A Good Start

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 03.18.2013 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

The path forward to reduce the bloodshed is clear. To end gun violence in New York City, the State Legislature must next take up microstamping and background checks on gun dealers, measures that would truly impact the supply side of this crisis.

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 Gun Safety Legislation Passes NY State Senate With Bipartisan Support, Assembly Action Today

Howard Glaser | Posted 03.17.2013 | New York
Howard Glaser

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced legislation, (NY SAFE ACT), to give New York State the most comprehensive gun laws in the nation, which will keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous mental health patients and ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons.

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...

After Newtown, More NY Gun Control?

Posted 12.18.2012 | New York

New York may have the toughest gun laws in the US, yet in the wake of mass shootings across the country this year, and continued gun violence in New Y...

Cuomo Threatens Fight Over Minimum Wage

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 02.12.2013 | New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that he won't get involved with a State Senate battle for control -- unless lawmakers don't comply with his agenda...

Senate Leadership Coalition Has Only One Minority

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 02.10.2013 | New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Monday tried to deflect questions about whether he would support Hillary Rodham Clinton for president in 2016. He also waved off...

Shades of Al Smith in Albany Today

Jerry Kremer | Posted 02.06.2013 | New York
Jerry Kremer

This new alliance is such a dramatic change for Albany or any other statehouse, that is might even have the potential to work. Republicans get to hold onto power and the independent Democrats gain new stature.

Some NY Dems Need to Put Ideals Before Ambition

Larry Hirsch | Posted 02.05.2013 | New York
Larry Hirsch

If you sacrifice your ideals for ambition, however, you are crossing the line to where you should re-think your political future. This is where these five Senators in Albany and at least one mayoral candidate are now.

Independent Democrats Ally With Republicans To Take New York Senate

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York's state Senate will be run by a coalition of Republicans and Independent Democrats after election results had initially left De...

Republicans Gain New Benefactors

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

A group of four Democratic state senators in New York plan to form a coalition to give control of the state Senate to Republicans, just weeks after De...