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In Congress, NY's Silver Case Becomes Asbestos Reform Political Football

Sara Warner | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

It will be months before Sheldon Silver, the ousted New York Assembly Speaker facing federal corruption charges, finally gets his day in court.

Absolute Power Corrupts, Again

Tom Allon | Posted 05.11.2015 | New York
Tom Allon

Corruption in government is as old as democracy, but that doesn't mean we have to accept it and not do everything we can to at least limit it. Write to the Governor or your local legislator and demand they champion these six reforms.

Former New York Assembly Speaker Faces New Charges

Reuters | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, April 23 (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors unveiled new charges against former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ...

Asbestos Litigation Industry Buzzes Over NYC's Silver Case, 'Iron Triangle'

Sara Warner | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

For a civil lawsuit community often deemed the "longest running" in America, with decades of science and judicial decisions, it remains truly amazing that so very much seems to be unsettled.

Courageous New York Prosecutor Continues Long Anti-Corruption Tradition as Top N.Y. Pol Is Indicted

Frank Vogl | Posted 03.25.2015 | Crime
Frank Vogl

The United States has a long, possibly unique, tradition of fearlessly prosecuting top politicians for corruption. The latest to be caught in the graft net is Sheldon Silver.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

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,...

GOP, Media Positioning Victims' Attys as '1%ers'

Sara Warner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

Asbestos litigation is a $10 billion per year industry, with some $2 billion going to plaintiff firms, so it's not like there's no money in the high-risk job of suing corporate America.

Dems Must Defend 'Trust' System, Even As Asbestos Trusts Deplete

Sara Warner | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

The new Republican-controlled congress rolled up its sleeves and rolled out its agenda over the last week, and along with immigration and budget issues it turns out "asbestos litigation reform" is an apparent priority.

Deregulation Despair at 35,000 Feet

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business
Robert Whitcomb

We're all hearing more and more complaints about bad airline service. But then, flying has been miserable for years, except for some of the relatively few folks who can afford business or first class.

Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The muck in question isn't even Democratic muck. It's purely conservative and Republican mudslinging, at a person who used to be put on a pretty tall pedestal in Republicanland: Sarah Palin.

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...

'Bribery Pawns' Join 'Perjury Pawns' In Asbestos Litigation Concerns

Sara Warner | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

With last week's arrest of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal charges stemming largely from an asbestos-cancer patient referral scheme, it seems like our concern over "perjury pawns" in bankruptcy cases needs to be expanded.

The Vultures of Albany, Past and Present

Sam Roberts | Posted 03.31.2015 | New York
Sam Roberts

Here's how a young New York State Assemblyman from Manhattan described his colleagues in Albany: One, he said, was "entirely unprincipled, and with the same idea of public life and the civil service that a vulture has of a dead sheep." Another's "intellectual capacity about equals that of an average balloon."

Sheldon Silver Out As New York Assembly Speaker By Next Week

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will vacate his post by next week, Democratic lawmakers said in a Tuesday press conference. Assembly Major...

Sheldon Silver To Temporarily Relinquish Speaker Duties

The New York Times | THOMAS KAPLAN and SUSANNE CRAIG | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics

Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York State Assembly, agreed on Sunday to relinquish his duties on a temporary basis as he fights feder...

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's Warning Sends Chill Through Albany

New York Daily News | GLENN BLAIN , KENNETH LOVETT | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

The big fish reportedly being looked at is Gov. Cuomo....

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Steals GOP's Honeymoon

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of our article today is going to deal with Obama and his speech, ending with the snappiest portions as this week's talking points. But before we get to that, let's take a quick look at what the Republicans have been up to, as well as some other minor political news of the week.

Matt Sledge

New York Speaker's Arrest Means Headaches For Andrew Cuomo

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo wasn't the one in custody on Thursday. But the arrest of powerful New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver could s...

PREET BRINGS THE HEAT

BuzzFeed | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

His frontal assault on the open secrets of New York political power has been a genuine shock to the state’s politics and even to its press, who miss...

Top NY Lawmaker Arrested By FBI On Corruption Charges

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

Democrat Sheldon Silver, speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested Thursday by the FBI on charges of corruption. Silver turned himself i...

New York's Powerful Speaker Faces Corruption Arrest

New York Times | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

Federal authorities are expected to arrest Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption charges on Thursday, peo...

NY Governor, Top State Legislators Head To Israel

AP | DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators are heading to Israel this week for a two-day visit as a "demonstration of ...

Democrat Leadership Not Fighting Hard Enough for NY DREAM Act 

Cesar Vargas | Posted 05.12.2014 | New York
Cesar Vargas

Behind-the-scenes political maneuvering and lip service by Democrats could once again prevent our state from providing equal access to college.

Mikel Dusi's Weird and Wonderful Big Fat Albanian Wedding. Not Exactly

Myra Chanin | Posted 12.29.2013 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

The details of Mike life, metamorphosed in his somewhat biographical film, Mikey Boy, which he co-wrote, co-produced and starred in, are reminiscent of another famous, albeit fictional, Queens native, Vincent Chase, the leading player of the HBO's Entourage, who brings his boys out to Hollywood with him when he hits the big time.