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.
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.
Now that the governor and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos have put solar and clean energy at the top of their priority list, Speaker Silver is the last remaining piece to catapulting New York into national and international prominence in solar and clean energy job creation.
Each and every time that the minimum wage has been raised, it was done against a firestorm of opposition from Chambers of Commerce. Yet there is no evidence that raising the minimum wage hurts businesses in the long term.