New York State politics http://wamc.org en NYS Assembly weighs in with ethics bill http://wamc.org/post/nys-assembly-weighs-ethics-bill <p>At the New York State Capitol, lawmakers are scrambling to put forward plans to react to the latest twin corruption scandals involving bribery charges against a State Senator and Assemblyman. &nbsp;As Karen DeWitt reports, Tuesday it was the Assembly Democrats’ turn to weigh in. Governor Andrew Cuomo also rolled out two more components of his own reform plan.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:54:55 +0000 Karen Dewitt 62408 at http://wamc.org Gas trade group seeks ethics probe of celebrity anti-fracking group http://wamc.org/post/gas-trade-group-seeks-ethics-probe-celebrity-anti-fracking-group <p></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A formal complaint filed with New York's lobbying board asks it to investigate whether Artists Against </span>Fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a group formed by Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon, is violating the state's lobbying law.</span></div><p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:17:11 +0000 Associated Press 61111 at http://wamc.org Gas trade group seeks ethics probe of celebrity anti-fracking group New York State Budget Talks Focus on Possible Gun Law Changes http://wamc.org/post/new-york-state-budget-talks-focus-possible-gun-law-changes <p>Lawmakers originally planned to be passing bills by now, ready to wrap up the state budget and leave on a three week break beginning on Thursday.<br>&nbsp;<br>But, instead of an agreement early in the week, each day lawmakers have found themselves discussing new issues , some of them totally unrelated to the spending plan. Most recently, talks have turned to whether to decriminalize public possession of marijuana in New York City, and walking back a provision of the recently enacted gun control laws.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 60316 at http://wamc.org New York State Budget Talks Focus on Possible Gun Law Changes Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to work another day on budget agreement http://wamc.org/post/governor-andrew-cuomo-and-legislative-leaders-work-another-day-budget-agreement <p>New York State lawmakers are close to agreeing on a new state spending plan that would include a deal to raise taxes on the wealthy, and raise the minimum wage.&nbsp; They failed to seal a pact Monday night, but say they will be back Tuesday morning to try again.</p><p>Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein , after a closed door leaders meeting, say they are hopeful that up to $700 million dollars in tax cuts for business and the middle class could be in the state budget.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 01:28:44 +0000 Karen Dewitt 60135 at http://wamc.org Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to work another day on budget agreement Hearing on Cuomo's education budget set in Albany http://wamc.org/post/hearing-cuomos-education-budget-set-albany <p>ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Education issues are on the agenda in Albany as state Assembly lawmakers hold another in a series of public hearings on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposals.<br><br>Monday's hearing at the Legislative Office Building in downtown Albany is expected to include testimony from the chancellor of the City University of New York, Matthew Goldstein; state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr.; State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, leaders of the teachers union and other officials.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:27:25 +0000 Associated Press 57549 at http://wamc.org Hearing on Cuomo's education budget set in Albany Update: Assemblyman apologizes after “Hitler would be proud (of Cuomo)” remark http://wamc.org/post/update-assemblyman-apologizes-after-hitler-would-be-proud-cuomo-remark <p>Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, who represents parts of Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer Counties, made the controversial remarks while answering a question about comments that Cuomo acted like a dictator when he expedited the passage of a sweeping package of gun control policy last month using a “message of necessity.”</p><p>“When you throw a bill at us in 20 minutes, and we’re told basically to shut up and vote, if that’s not dictatorial, I don’t know what is,” McLaughlin said.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:04:50 +0000 57244 at http://wamc.org Update: Assemblyman apologizes after “Hitler would be proud (of Cuomo)” remark 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 New York poised to be 1st to pass post-massacre gun bill http://wamc.org/post/new-york-poised-be-1st-pass-post-massacre-gun-bill <p>ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Only days after calling for an overhaul of gun control in New York following the Connecticut school shooting, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a tough proposal on gun control is ready to become law.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 02:35:21 +0000 55730 at http://wamc.org New York poised to be 1st to pass post-massacre gun bill Republican State Senator Expects NY Gun Vote Today http://wamc.org/post/republican-state-senator-expects-ny-gun-vote-today <P>ALBANY, N.Y. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:17:16 +0000 55680 at http://wamc.org Republican State Senator Expects NY Gun Vote Today Vox Pop - SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION - 2013 New York State of the State Address : 1/9/13 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-special-extended-edition-2013-new-york-state-state-address-1913 <p>2012 was, by most accounts, a year of challenges for New York, not the least of which was the devastation of Hurricane Sandy as she tore up the Eastern seaboard.</p><p>In state politics, the assembly remains firmly Democratic, while this year will usher in a new era of governance in the senate by a controlling coalition of Republicans and the five-member Independent Democratic Conference, the effectiveness of which has yet to be seen.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 21:00:00 +0000 55376 at http://wamc.org Vox Pop - SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION - 2013 New York State of the State Address : 1/9/13