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Astoria Characters: The Chief of Staff

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.23.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's hard for Samantha Darche to keep a straight face. Every time she sees the camera, she cracks up. No matter what she does, she can't subpoena her solemn face.

The Filibuster and Unwritten Laws: Who's an Oxymoron?

Richard Brodsky | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Democrats aren't innocent victims. They abused the filibuster too. And Republicans like John McCain used to have enough clout to tamp down the excesses. No more. We're headed to democracy by gladiator, where we all watch to see who gets killed and who gets to fight another day.

Austerity on the Ropes: How Krugman Is Winning the Battle and Obama Is Losing the War

Richard Brodsky | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

In comes Paul Krugman of the New York Times. Almost single-handedly he has made the case for stimulus and investment, and disemboweled the idea that spending cuts will get us out of this long, slow glide to economic oblivion.

GOP Assemblyman Compares Cuomo To Hitler, Mussolini

Posted 02.05.2013 | New York

Republican New York Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin apologized Tuesday for comparing Governor Andrew Cuomo to fascist dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito M...

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...

NY Passes First Gun Laws In Country Since Newtown

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 03.17.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Jumping out ahead of Washington, New York state enacted the nation's toughest gun restrictions Tuesday and the first since the Co...

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...

Cuomo To Propose Assault Weapon Ban

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 03.11.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for tougher state bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines of ammunition as part of ...

Which Party Show Strongest Support For Charters In State Assembly?

Posted 11.02.2012 | Education

In a report released Thursday, the Albany-based Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability rated New York State legislators’ votes on recent b...

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...

Assembly Paid $103K In Lopez Harassment Case

Posted 08.28.2012 | New York

In the wake of sexual harassment charges made against New York Assemblyman Vito Lopez, The New York Times reports New York State Assembly Speaker Shel...

Powerful NY Democrat Accused Of Sexual Assault

Capital New York | Joe Pompeo | Posted 08.24.2012 | New York

Representative Jerrold Nadler is calling for Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign his post in the Assembly and as chair of the Brooklyn Democratic organiz...

Election Pits Candidate Against Fiancee

The Huffington Post | Nate Willis | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

The race for a minor party line for a New York state Assembly seat has pitted a man and his fiancee against each other. It's not a lovers' quarrel ...

With the Affordable Care Act Hanging by a Thread, It's Time for Single-Payer

Pearl Korn | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Progressives and all other rational human beings should ramp up their efforts to build the movement for single-payer and work to ignite the Occupy movement on this issue.

Medical Marijuana Reconsidered In New York

Posted 04.09.2012 | New York

The push to bring medical marijuana to New York is gaining new momentum in Albany this week. The Wall Street Journal reports State Senator Diane Savin...

NY Calls For Fracking Health Study

AP | MARY ESCH | Posted 05.13.2012 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental and health groups are praising the New York State Assembly for including an independent health impact study of hyd...

What Is Andrew Cuomo's Secret?

Dan Collins | Posted 04.25.2012 | New York
Dan Collins

The New York governor has racked up an impressive victory streak in Albany -- a place where governing effectively is very difficult. Can he keep it up?

Lady Gaga Needed to Stop New York Redistricting Disaster

Dan Collins | Posted 04.09.2012 | New York
Dan Collins

Do you think there's a celebrity somewhere who'd be interested in taking on legislative redistricting? I know it's quite a lift. But if there was ever a good cause that needed some glamour, this is it.

Forum: Redistricting And Its Impact On Long Island Communities Of Color

Ted Hesson | Posted 04.02.2012 | New York
Ted Hesson

Last week, a New York State legislative task force released its statewide electoral district maps, the result of partisan wrangling in Albany notoriou...

Bill Could Raise Minimum Wage In New York

Posted 01.30.2012 | New York

All that talk about income inequality may be having its effect in Albany. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan ) is proposing a bill to raise ...

Gerrymandering A Big 'F U' In New York

Posted 01.27.2012 | New York

Despite 2010 campaign promises that they'd turn over the redistricting process to an independent commission, New York state legislators are drafting m...

Pay Hike for Albany Legislators? Nah

Dan Collins | Posted 03.26.2012 | New York
Dan Collins

Talk about a non-starter. This week the top Democrat in the New York state legislature floated the idea that the lawmakers deserve to get pay raises.

Candidate College: 10 Essential Tips for Running for Office

Morgan Pehme | Posted 03.05.2012 | New York
Morgan Pehme

Many citizens believe that they could do a better job in government than our elected officials, if only they had the chance to serve. Running for office, however, is an enormously complicated, confusing, and expensive endeavor.

Assemblyman Acquitted Of Bribery

AP | By TOM HAYS | Posted 01.11.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- A New York state lawmaker from a long line of politicians was acquitted Thursday on charges he tarnished the family name by taking a no-sh...