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Rogues Gallery: Meet The Dems Who Voted Against Gay Marriage

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (Associated Press) - A bill that would have allowed same-sex marriage was rejected by New York lawmakers, a bruising outcome for national...

Marriage Equality in New York: The Time Is Now

Liz Krueger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liz Krueger

I do not know that this legislation will pass, although I am optimistic. But whether we have the votes to pass marriage equality legislation or not, it will be a credit to the Senate.

Karla Giraldo Monserrate's Girlfriend Breaks Down While Testifying

NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The girlfriend of alleged face-slasher Hiram Monserrate broke into tears while testifying this afternoon -- rushing from courtroom and throwing her bo...

Karla Giraldo Subpoenaed In Hiram Monserrate's Trial

nytimes.com | RALPH BLUMENTHAL | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The woman at the center of State Senator Hiram Monserrate's assault trial -- his companion, Karla Giraldo, whom Mr. Monserrate is accused of slashing ...

Walter Loor: Hiram Monserrate Went Into Rage After Finding Cop's PBA Union Card In Girlfriend's Purse

nypost.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The PBA union card that sent state Sen. Hiram Monserrate into a jealous rage after he found it in his girlfriend's pocketbook belongs to a married cop...

Did Espada Lie For $3 Million Grant?

Times Union | JAMES M. ODATO | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY --- The attorney general's office is investigating if Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. submitted false statements in a grant application...

Ex-Worker Says Senate Aide, Indira F. Noel, Had Carte Blanche With Gov. David A. Paterson

New York Times | DANNY HAKIM and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY - A former Senate employee who is suing the state over his dismissal in 2007 said on Thursday that he had testified under oath this week that h...

Pedro Espada's Son To Quit New Job After Cuomo Launches Probe

New York Daily News | Glenn Blain and Kenneth Lovett | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY - The son of Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. will quit his new $120,000-a-year Senate job today after prosecutors said they were lookin...

NY Senate Coup Turncoats Reaping The Benefits

Times Union | Irene Jay Liu | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY -- In the weeks since the Senate stalemate ended, the chamber's Democrats have showered rehabilitated turncoat Sens. Pedro Espada Jr. of the Br...

Pedro Espada's Son Hired for Cushy State Senate Job

Daily Intel | Daily Intel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

How badly did Democrats in Albany want to lure turncoat senator Pedro Espada Jr. back to their side? Well, we know they crowned him majority leader of...

Carolyn Maloney Bows Out Of Race Against Kirsten Gillibrand

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand just released the following statement regarding the news that Rep. Carolyn Maloney will not be challenging her for the Demo...

Pedro Espada Honored As "Senator Of The Year" By Bronx Group

New York Daily News | Erica Pearson and Leo Standora | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Irony of ironies. Sen. Pedro Espada Jr., who spearheaded a nearly five-week Senate gridlock that paralyzed much of the state's business, got a "Senat...

Monserrate To Go To Trial For Assault Charge

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

(AP) -- Embattled state Sen. Hiram Monserrate could lose his seat if he's convicted of assaulting his girlfriend during an argument. A judge in Queen...

Shameful Shysters

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

If one wants to keep one's readers informed, one must continue to plow through the garbage, pointing out the most noisome tidbits. At the same time, one should think of ways to effect change.

Governor Paterson Gains Popularity As Voters Shift Anger Toward Senate

Observer | Jimmy Vielkind | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY - David Paterson's poll numbers have climbed slightly, for the second month in a row, as voters surveyed in a poll released today perceive him ...

Texting While Driving Ban Approved By State Senate

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY (AP) - The New York Senate voted Thursday to outlaw using portable electronic devices to text, play games or surf the Web while driving. The ...

Mayor Bloomberg's School Control Bill Is Stalled In Senate

New York Times | JEREMY W. PETERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY -- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's efforts to renew his control of New York City's school system stalled on Wednesday as Senate Democrats insisted...

Today In HuffPost New York

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

Sen. Hiram Monserrate - whose girlfriend was treated for injuries around her left eye that required 20-40 stitches - has been put back in charge of the Consumer Protection Committee, a job that carries a $12,500 stipend.

Hiram Monserrate's Stipend Reinstated By Democratic Leaders

New York Daily News | By Kenneth Lovett | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY - Democratic leaders quietly reinstated a $12,500 stipend for indicted Sen. Hiram Monserrate - one of two lawmakers who briefly joined Republic...

Sales Tax Hike Approved By State Senate For NYC

NBC NewYork | NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The sales tax in New York City will be raised to 8.875 percent, making it one of the highest in the nation. Sponsored Topics: New York City - Sale...

Senate Chaos Cost Taxpayers $5M

New York Post | Brendan Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY -- It could go down as the most expensive circus in state history. The Senate's monthlong descent into chaos wasted more than $5 million in sta...

Sen. Espada To Return To Democrats

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's Senate standoff ended Thursday as it started 31 days ago, with a freshman Democrat shifting the balance of power in th...

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.

Albany Senators Have Paychecks Withheld

New York Daily News | Kenneth Lovett and Glenn Blain | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Thirty-one days into their stalemate, do-nothing warring state senators are having their salaries withheld Wednesday - for the first time since the in...

Some Country for Grumpy Old Men

Chris Norwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Norwood

In a media saturated nation, the more off base the pronouncements of those who are both senior and prominent are, the more they are considered "good copy."