New York State Senate http://wamc.org en Speed Limit Bill Seen As Mandate Relief http://wamc.org/post/speed-limit-bill-seen-mandate-relief <p>A bill passed by the New York State Senate would allow towns more freedom in controlling the speed limit on roadways.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> The legislation passed by the state Senate Tuesday would allow towns in New York with populations of 50,000 or less to set the speed limit within their jurisdictions. Under current law, towns are required to petition the New York State Department of Transportation in order to change a speed limit – a process that can take a considerable amount of time.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:21:44 +0000 Lucas Willard 86821 at http://wamc.org Speed Limit Bill Seen As Mandate Relief Senate Ruling Coalition Gains A New Member http://wamc.org/post/senate-ruling-coalition-gains-new-member <p>The ruling coalition in the New York state Senate has grown by one member. Senator Tony Avella, of Queens, has left the minority Democrats to join the governing coalition of Republicans and Independent Democrats. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:16:17 +0000 Karen Dewitt 84729 at http://wamc.org Senate Ruling Coalition Gains A New Member Democratic Candidates Launch Campaigns For State Senate In New York's 49th District http://wamc.org/post/democratic-candidates-launch-campaigns-state-senate-new-yorks-49th-district <p>Two candidates vying for the Democratic spot in the race for New York’s sprawling 49<sup>th</sup> Senate District are kicking their campaigns into gear.</p><p></p><p>New York’s 49<sup>th</sup> Senate District, stretching from Schenectady and Saratoga Counties up through Fulton, Herkimer, and Hamilton, has long been held by Republican Hugh Farley. Come November, two Democratic candidates are hoping to take his place.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:34:56 +0000 Lucas Willard 84704 at http://wamc.org Democratic Candidates Launch Campaigns For State Senate In New York's 49th District NY Passes Mercury Thermostat Disposal Law http://wamc.org/post/ny-passes-mercury-thermostat-disposal-law <p></p><p></p><p>Environmental groups in New York say a new law requiring manufacturers to collect and safely dispose of thermostats will remove a major source of toxic mercury from the waste stream.&nbsp;</p><p>The legislation, which awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature, was passed late Friday night by the Senate and Assembly. The New York Public Interest Research Group says it addresses one of the largest remaining sources of mercury pollution in New York — the hundreds of thousands of old thermostats discarded each year.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:14:54 +0000 Jaired Crofut 67696 at http://wamc.org NY Passes Mercury Thermostat Disposal Law NY Assembly OKs Women's Rights, Abortion Bill http://wamc.org/post/ny-assembly-oks-womens-rights-abortion-bill <p>New York's Democrat-led Assembly has approved bills including an abortion rights provision that has roiled Albany.</p><p>But Senate Republicans refused to allow the abortion measure to the floor in that chamber.</p><p>The Senate plans to adopt the nine other women's rights initiatives in the 10-point package pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.</p><p>The nine items combat discrimination against women in the workplace and strengthen human trafficking laws.</p><p>Those could be sent back to the Assembly today after Senate passage and voted into law.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:22:43 +0000 Jaired Crofut 67569 at http://wamc.org NY Assembly OKs Women's Rights, Abortion Bill Another New York State Senator Arrested http://wamc.org/post/another-new-york-state-senator-arrested <p>Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts,&nbsp; and then trying to cover it up.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 64008 at http://wamc.org Another New York State Senator Arrested NY State Senator Malcolm Smith Arrested http://wamc.org/post/ny-state-senator-malcolm-smith-arrested <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NEW YORK (AP) — New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith, a New York City councilman and four other politicians are facing charges in a public corruption probe.</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:24:10 +0000 Associated Press 61241 at http://wamc.org NY State Senator Malcolm Smith Arrested New York State Senator Jose Peralta - THE DREAM Act and the New York State budget http://wamc.org/post/new-york-state-senator-jose-peralta-dream-act-and-new-york-state-budget <p>As New York State budget talks reach their final days, and perhaps even hours,&nbsp; a group of Hispanic lawmakers is pushing for the inclusion of the Dream Act in the budget, It would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants who were born in the country. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 60025 at http://wamc.org New York State Senator Jose Peralta - THE DREAM Act and the New York State budget New York State Senator Patty Ritchie - "Grown in New York" http://wamc.org/post/new-york-state-senator-patty-ritchie-grown-new-york <p>Several New York state Senators gathered this morning at the capitol in Albany to introduce a package of legislation they say would strengthen the state’s agricultural industry.</p><p>WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Senator Patty Ritchie, Republican of the 48th district and chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee about the "Grown in New York" plan.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:30:00 +0000 59156 at http://wamc.org New York State Senator Patty Ritchie - "Grown in New York" Ex-NY state senator admits stealing from nonprofit http://wamc.org/post/ex-ny-state-senator-admits-stealing-nonprofit <p>NEW YORK (AP) — A former state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges she embezzled nearly $88,000 from a taxpayer-subsidized program that helps low-income families navigate the city's public school system.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 03:59:00 +0000 Associated Press 56884 at http://wamc.org Ex-NY state senator admits stealing from nonprofit