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

Sara Warner | Posted 01.30.2015 | 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 01.29.2015 | 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 01.23.2015 | 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.

Lhota Calls On Silver To Resign

Newsday | Posted 08.21.2013 | New York

Republican mayoral hopeful Joseph Lhota Friday called on the embattled State Assembly speaker, Democrat Sheldon Silver, to resign over allegations he ...

Another Dem Calls For Sheldon Silver To Resign

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 05.30.2013 | New York

On Wednesday, New York State assemblywoman Inez Barron, a Democrat from Brooklyn, joined the chorus of voices calling for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Sil...

VITO TO RESIGN MONDAY

AP | Posted 05.18.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A New York assemblyman accused of sexually harassing young female staffers for years says he will resign before he's expelled from the...

OFF THE HOOK

Newsday | Posted 07.15.2013 | New York

The Staten Island district attorney announced Wednesday that he has completed his investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Brooklyn Asse...

Dems Pushing For Early Voting In New York

Newsday | Joan Gralla | Posted 04.27.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- New York's consistently low voter turnout and the Election Day problems superstorm Sandy caused have sparked a drive by Democrats to make Ne...

Casinos In NYC?

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 04.02.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- State legislative leaders aren't embracing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to limit new casinos to three upstate locations, saying Long Isla...

A Caring Politician Who Doesn't Seek the Limelight

Tom Allon | Posted 11.25.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

I can count on one hand the number of people I have met in New York's political world who are both honest and who view politics as more public service than personal aggrandizement. One of these few is Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell.

PHOTOS: A Late Night At The Lowline

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 09.15.2012 | New York

"Imagining the Lowline," the showcase for New York's first underground park, is set up in an abandoned warehouse on Essex and Broome. At night, the wa...

Albany's Dance of the Dunces

Dan Collins | Posted 11.12.2012 | New York
Dan Collins

Did powerful public officials approve the use of our tax money to hush up sexual harassment charges against Assemblyman Vito Lopez? Don't hold your breath waiting for the state ethics commission to get to the bottom of this mess.

Schumer Goes After Vito Lopez

Posted 09.07.2012 | New York

Senator Chuck Schumer has joined fellow Democrats calling for New York State Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign amidst allegations from female staffers ...

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

www.nytimes.com | 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...