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Will Cuomo's Big Talk On Climate Change Lead To Necessary Action?

Will Cuomo's Big Talk On Climate Change Lead To Necessary Action?

(Stefan Giorgi / Flickr) On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo sought to join political leaders across America in laying out his audacious goals for combating climate change. “Let’s take the next step on the Green New Deal...

What's Inside (And Left Out) Of NY's Historic Voting Reform Package

What's Inside (And Left Out) Of NY's Historic Voting Reform Package

(Scott Heins / Gothamist) On Monday, New York State Senate majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the first Democrat to hold the position since 2010, will introduce a package of highly-anticipated voting reform bills with her Assembly counterpart,...

Novel Idea For Reforming Albany: A Real 'Shitload Of Trouble' For Ethics Violations

Novel Idea For Reforming Albany: A Real 'Shitload Of Trouble' For Ethics Violations

On June 6, 2011, Governor Cuomo announced a package of ethics reform legislation that would create JCOPE, with then-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and then-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Years later, both Silver and Skelos would be...

Cuomo's Wish List For 2019: Legal Weed, Ending Cash Bail, Banning Corporate Contributions

Cuomo's Wish List For 2019: Legal Weed, Ending Cash Bail, Banning Corporate Contributions

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at the Roosevelt House for Public Policy on Monday morning. (Governor's Office) Even on a regular day, Governor Andrew Cuomo can lay it on pretty thick when it comes to the last...

The Secret Playbook NY State Senate Democrats Used To 'Wipe The Floor' With Republicans

The Secret Playbook NY State Senate Democrats Used To 'Wipe The Floor' With Republicans

New York state Senator Michael Gianaris, D-Queens. (AP/Shutterstock) Democratic leaders’ scheme to “cut the head off the IDC snake” was not forged in a dark alleyway or an Italian restaurant, but over egg whites. It was...

'The Rest Of The Train Was Gone': NYC-Bound Amtrak Train Separates, Stranding Passengers Outside Of Albany

'The Rest Of The Train Was Gone': NYC-Bound Amtrak Train Separates, Stranding Passengers Outside Of Albany

An Amtrak train locomotive at Penn Station (Shutterstock) Sure, Penn Station was unpleasant on Thanksgiving Eve, but imagine heading to NYC on Wednesday on a train and suddenly the engine separates from the rest of the...

The One Former IDC Senator Who Refuses To Fade Away

The One Former IDC Senator Who Refuses To Fade Away

Senator Tony Avella in his Bayside office (Scott Heins / Gothamist) The probable end of State Senator Tony Avella’s one-of-a-kind political career, in retrospect, was never going to be so simple. Last month, the renegade Queens...

Lawsuit: Simcha Felder Hijacked Budget To Pass Controversial Yeshiva Exemption

Lawsuit: Simcha Felder Hijacked Budget To Pass Controversial Yeshiva Exemption

(via Simcha Felder's Flickr) A group of alumni of ultra-Orthodox yeshivas who have long claimed the schools are not meeting minimum education requirements now allege that a powerful state senator has successfully—and unconstitutionally—forced the state to...

Time's Running Out For NY Senate To Save Speed Cameras And Protect Abortion Rights

Time's Running Out For NY Senate To Save Speed Cameras And Protect Abortion Rights

Assembly Leader Carl Heastie, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Senate Leader John Flanagan, in 2015 (Governor's Office) With thunder and hail as a backdrop, elected officials and advocates held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to demand that...

Parents Of Kids Killed By Reckless Drivers Protest Outside State Senator Marty Golden's Office

Parents Of Kids Killed By Reckless Drivers Protest Outside State Senator Marty Golden's Office

Protesters outside Marty Golden's Bay Ridge office on Thursday (Courtesy Thomas DeVito) A 24-hour vigil and protest is happening now outside State Senator Marty Golden's Bay Ridge office, with families who lost loved ones to reckless...

Mother Of Toddler Killed By Driver Arrested At Protest For Speed Cameras Outside Cuomo's Office

Mother Of Toddler Killed By Driver Arrested At Protest For Speed Cameras Outside Cuomo's Office

Nine people were arrested Thursday evening while blocking traffic outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's midtown office, as part of a protest against Albany's failure to renew and expand speed camera legislation in NYC. Holding a banner declaring "CHILDREN...

NY Marijuana Legalization Unlikely This Year, Despite Growing Momentum

NY Marijuana Legalization Unlikely This Year, Despite Growing Momentum

A marijuana celebration in Denver, April 2018. (David Zalubowski/AP/REX/Shutterstock) In one week last month, the district attorneys for Manhattan and Brooklyn announced that they would no longer prosecute marijuana-possession offenses, the Daily News endorsed legalizing pot...

State Legislature Won't Address Specialized Schools Admission Test This Year

State Legislature Won't Address Specialized Schools Admission Test This Year

A protest at City Hall Park on June 5th to keep the SHSAT (Andres O'Hara) The fierce debate around eliminating the specialized high school admissions test will continue into 2019. State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie declared...

Report: Albany-Based Self-Help Group's Secret Society Branded Female Members

Report: Albany-Based Self-Help Group's Secret Society Branded Female Members

The Albany skyline at night (Getty / istock) A former member of an Albany-based self-help group says that she and other women were compelled to utter the words, "Master, please brand me, it would be an...

NY's Medical Marijuana Plan Still Overly Restrictive & 'Ridiculously High Priced'

NY's Medical Marijuana Plan Still Overly Restrictive & 'Ridiculously High Priced'

Rows of cannabis plants grow in the twenty thousand square foot greenhouse at Vireo Health's medical marijuana cultivation facility, August 19, 2016 in Johnstown, New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) “Marion,” a Manhattan woman in...

Surprise: The People In Charge Of Funding The Subway Do Not Actually Ride It

Surprise: The People In Charge Of Funding The Subway Do Not Actually Ride It

Cuomo last rode the subway on NYE. (Governor Cuomo's Office) Governor Cuomo, who may or may not be in charge of the subways (Ron Howard voice: He is.) famously hasn't ridden on the subway in nearly...

Ex-State Senator Marty Connor, Who Lost To Daniel Squadron, May Try To Replace Squadron

Ex-State Senator Marty Connor, Who Lost To Daniel Squadron, May Try To Replace Squadron

The Capitol building in Albany (iStock/Getty Images) A powerful election lawyer is suddenly contemplating a political comeback. Marty Connor, an ex-Brooklyn state senator who was defeated nine years ago, is now considering running for the seat...

Cuomo Aide Says Queens Senator's 'Ego' To Blame For Albany Dysfunction

Cuomo Aide Says Queens Senator's 'Ego' To Blame For Albany Dysfunction

(via Governor's Flickr) With pressure building on Governor Cuomo to unify the warring factions of the State Senate Democrats and regain control over the chamber, a top aide to the governor is now blaming the stalemate...

Squadron's Sudden Resignation Hands His Seat To The Party Bosses, Not The Voters

Squadron's Sudden Resignation Hands His Seat To The Party Bosses, Not The Voters

(Courtesy Daniel Squadron) Daniel Squadron, who won an election to the State Senate at age 27 and seemed to personify good government ethos at its core, announced in a Daily News op-ed this morning he was...

State Senator Daniel Squadron Abruptly Resigns, Citing Albany's Culture Of 'Corruption'

State Senator Daniel Squadron Abruptly Resigns, Citing Albany's Culture Of 'Corruption'video

State Senator Daniel Squadron (NY State Senate) State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Democrat representing Brooklyn waterfront neighborhoods and lower Manhattan, suddenly announced that he is leaving the State Senate this week to work on promoting Democratic...

State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan Says He Completed Alcohol Rehab Program

State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan Says He Completed Alcohol Rehab Program

State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan in April (Governor Cuomo's office) John Flanagan, the majority leader of the NY State Senate, admitted that he had been in treatment for alcohol addiction: "I took this step to...

Republicans Who Don't Represent NYC Are Poised To End Mayoral Control Of NYC Schools

Republicans Who Don't Represent NYC Are Poised To End Mayoral Control Of NYC Schools

(Getty) Mayoral control of New York City's schools is set to expire this evening unless state legislators can reach a deal. Thanks to the vagaries of state law, the structure for managing New York City's schools...

Handmaids Converge On Albany To Demand Expanded Abortion And Contraception Rights

Handmaids Converge On Albany To Demand Expanded Abortion And Contraception Rights

Courtesy Annie Zegers for National Institute for Reproductive Health. Twenty women in red cloaks and white bonnets walked silently into the State Capital in Albany on Monday, evoking Margaret Atwood's dystopian handmaids—women stripped of their rights...

New York State To Outlaw Marriage For Teens Under 17

New York State To Outlaw Marriage For Teens Under 17

The Capitol building in Albany (istockphoto) An obscure New York State law that allows teenagers as young as fourteen to marry is on the verge of being overturned following votes this week in the State Assembly...

Meanwhile, In Albany, Rogue Democrats Are Getting PAID

Meanwhile, In Albany, Rogue Democrats Are Getting PAID

The IDC, in happier times before everyone started asking about money. (via Facebook) Among the many perks given to members of the Independent Democratic Conference, their leadership positions as vice chairs on Senate committees helps bring...

State Legislators Reach Deal To Keep Most Juvenile Offenders From Being Tried As Adults

State Legislators Reach Deal To Keep Most Juvenile Offenders From Being Tried As Adults

(kali9/iStock) The state legislature has reached a deal on raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18, a measure that would bring the state in line with the vast majority of the country, and a sticking...

Cuomo Pushes Stopgap Spending Measure To Avert Government Shutdown As Budget Talks Stall

Cuomo Pushes Stopgap Spending Measure To Avert Government Shutdown As Budget Talks Stall

Governor Andrew Cuomo has a lot to say about the need for ethics reform this year. (Governor's Office/Flickr) Governor Cuomo ended a weekend of gridlocked budget negotiations by proposing a stopgap measure to keep the state...

Jeff Klein Calls Criticism Of New Breakaway Democrats 'Racist' & 'Obnoxious'

Jeff Klein Calls Criticism Of New Breakaway Democrats 'Racist' & 'Obnoxious'

When everyone is racist, but you just smile through it. (via Facebook) As protests continue against the growing Independent Democratic Conference, the group of breakaway Democrats in the state senate who are currently in a power-sharing...

'Betrayed' Constituents Confront State Senator Peralta In Jackson Heights Over Defection To IDC

'Betrayed' Constituents Confront State Senator Peralta In Jackson Heights Over Defection To IDCgallery

At a town hall meeting in Jackson Heights, Queens last night, a standing room only crowd, along with scores of chanting demonstrators outside the event, challenged state Senator Jose Peralta to explain his surprise decision to join...

Activists Block Doors To Cuomo's Albany Offices To Protest Indigent Legal Defense Veto

Activists Block Doors To Cuomo's Albany Offices To Protest Indigent Legal Defense Veto

(Paulette Soltani) Eight civil rights activists were arrested today when they blocked the doors to Governor Cuomo's Albany offices to protest his veto of the Justice Equality bill, which would have provided more state funding to...

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