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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...

Reports Document 'Grossly Incomplete' ACS Work On Zymere Perkins Case

Reports Document 'Grossly Incomplete' ACS Work On Zymere Perkins Case

Zymere Perkins (via Facebook) Case workers at each level of command within the city's Administration for Children's Services failed to follow up on troubling allegations of neglect and abuse in the two years before 6-year-old Zymere...

De Blasio: NYC's Entire Electoral Process Must Be Fixed

De Blasio: NYC's Entire Electoral Process Must Be Fixed

AP Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for "major reforms" at the city Board of Elections in response to widespread irregularities in voter registrations and problems at polling places citywide yesterday. In a statement, de Blasio...

Video: Gabby Giffords Pleads For Gun Control Reform At Upstate NY Gun Showvideo

Video: Gabby Giffords Pleads For Gun Control Reform At Upstate NY Gun Show

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords visited a gun show in Saratoga Springs on Sunday. This was her first visit to a gun show since she was shot in the head in January 2011, during an attack at...

State Senator Pushing Bill To Legalize And Tax Marijuana In NY

State Senator Pushing Bill To Legalize And Tax Marijuana In NY

State Senator Liz Krueger and some marijuana (Getty Images) The NYPD has seemingly made good on their promise to cut back on meaningless low-level marijuana possession—arrests for weed possession are on track to fall by 20%...

Reforming Marijuana Law, Adding Electric Cars: Top 10 Quotes From Bloomberg's Final State Of The City

Reforming Marijuana Law, Adding Electric Cars: Top 10 Quotes From Bloomberg's Final State Of The City

Just deal with it...for 320 more days After the homicide stat-touting banners were unveiled and Marty Markowitz presented his giant styrofoam gag gift, Mayor Bloomberg got to the business of actually delivering his 12th and final...

New York Wins Race To The Top Funding

New York Wins Race To The Top Funding

Flickr user warsze Looks like all that drama and work actually paid off! After failing the first time, New York just secured itself about $700 million in public school funding as a part of the Race...

Geithner Says Wall Street Reform Good for City

Geithner Says Wall Street Reform Good for City

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner allegedly told Mayor Bloomberg in a meeting that the Obama Administration is going ahead with its Wall Street reform package, and that the new reforms would be good for the city. One...

Obama Bringing More

Obama Bringing More "Mean" Regulatory Rhetoric to NYC Today

"A free market was never meant to be a free license to take whatever you can get, however you can get it," President Obama will declare in a speech at Cooper Union today, according to excerpts released...

Levy and Cuomo BOTH Want to Hit Albany with Hammers

Levy and Cuomo BOTH Want to Hit Albany with Hammers

“I’d want to run against Lazio,” said Norman Adler, a Democratic political consultant. “He’s got no resources, $600,000 in the bank and has raised no money recently,” but the new man in town, Suffolk County Executive...

What Does the Health Care Reform Bill Mean for New York?

What Does the Health Care Reform Bill Mean for New York?

Rep. Anthony Weiner With the Democrats' 10-year, $938 billion health care bill poised to become law, there are differing opinions in New York about how it will impact the Empire State. Rep. Anthony Weiner, an impassioned...

Ethics Arguments In Albany

Ethics Arguments In Albany

After Gov. Paterson announced his plan to implement far-reaching ethics reforms in Albany, the state Senate released its own pared down ethics reform proposal yesterday. The lawmakers' plan would create a new office for investigating ethics...

Paterson Unveils Major Ethics Reforms in State Address

Paterson Unveils Major Ethics Reforms in State Address

In his second State of the State speech this afternoon, Gov. Paterson revealed his new agenda, The Reform Albany Act, a set of sweeping reforms that will attempt to "rebuild our State’s economy into a national model...

House Passes Financial Reform Legislation

House Passes Financial Reform Legislation

Today, the House of Representatives "approved the most sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial regulatory system since the Great Depression," according to the Washington Post. The NY Times reports the vote, which was 223-202, created the...

NY Times Jumps On Express Train To Bash Albany

NY Times Jumps On Express Train To Bash Albany

Today, the NY Times launched announced its new editorial series on the incompetence of the NY State government, called "Failed State." A year away from state elections, a fired-up Times rails against the "inbred system [which] allows so many lawmakers to abuse the public trust," summarizing some of the more egregious abuses of the past couple years and some of the major grievances which they plan to address in the series. Warning—if you don't already want to head up to Albany with a pitchfork, you will now:

Rockefeller Drug Law Changes Start Today

Rockefeller Drug Law Changes Start Today

Today is the day that the hard-fought changes to the Rockefeller-era Drug Laws go into effect, and lawyers for hundreds of low-level drug offenders in New York prisons are preparing petitions for shortened sentences or release. Once...

Complaints About NYPD Abuse to CCRB

Complaints About NYPD Abuse to CCRB "Disappear Like Smoke"

The Civilian Complaint Review Board might as well change its name to the Civilian Complaint Review Ignored. Complaints about police misconduct will hit a record high this year, but the CCRB's budget has been slashed. 26 investigators are being cut from the payroll, so half of the cases will be dropped because investigators can't meet the 18-month statute of limitations. It gets worse...

Obama To Unveil Financial Regulation Plan

Obama To Unveil Financial Regulation Plan

In a couple hours, President Obama will release his plans to reshape—and, he hopes, improve— financial market regulation. According to the NY Times, it "is the product of weeks of meetings among government officials, financial experts,...

Hiram Monserrate Tells Daily News He's Back With Democrats

Hiram Monserrate Tells Daily News He's Back With Democrats

State Senator Hiram makes it two days in the row on the cover of the Daily News: After his Mets-Yankees game appearance with fellow dissident Democrat Senator Pedro Espada Jr., now Monserrate is making waves by...

Prisoner on Rockefeller Drug Law Reform: The Beast is Being Created

Prisoner on Rockefeller Drug Law Reform: The Beast is Being Created

The state District Attorneys Association, having failed to convince Albany that reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws was a bad idea, is employing a novel tactic in their attempt to keep upstate prisons stocked with convicts: Let the...

Meet the New Boss: State Senate Dems MIA on Rent Reform

Meet the New Boss: State Senate Dems MIA on Rent Reform

Courtesy S.D.'s Flickr. For years now, tenant activists have dreamed of a State Senate controlled by Democrats, because then they'd finally get changes to the rent regulation laws that the Republican majority had so consistently blocked....

Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms Draw Jeers from Republicans

Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms Draw Jeers from Republicans

State Senate Republicans are voicing outrage today following Governor Paterson's morning press conference announcing an agreement among Democrats to repeal most of the Rockefeller-era drug laws. Republican State Senator Martin Golden, whose district stretches from Bay Ridge...

Paterson Will Water Down Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

Paterson Will Water Down Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

As part of a push to repeal the mandatory sentencing laws known as the Rockefeller Drug Laws, Governor Paterson will propose a compromise bill intended to woo State Senate Republicans, who largely represent rural areas upstate where...

Rockefeller Drug Law Reform Report Too Weak for Shelly

Rockefeller Drug Law Reform Report Too Weak for Shelly

A state commission has recommended revising New York's drug laws to favor rehab for low-level offenders and give judges more discretion in sentencing convicts, but many lawmakers say the commission's report falls short. Assembly Speaker Sheldon...

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