New York State Assembly http://wamc.org en 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 NY Gov's "Free College For Convicts" Plan Takes Heat http://wamc.org/post/ny-govs-free-college-convicts-plan-takes-heat <p></p><p>"It's absurd to me that you can refinance a mortgage or a business loan, but you can't re-finance a college loan? I don't think the government should be making money off the backs of students." ~ <em>Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand</em></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:07:03 +0000 Dave Lucas 84169 at http://wamc.org NY Gov's "Free College For Convicts" Plan Takes Heat 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 AP Source: Cuomo, Leaders Agree On 4 Casinos http://wamc.org/post/ap-source-cuomo-leaders-agree-4-casinos <p><span style="font-size: 11px;">A senior <font color="red">Cuomo</font> administration official says Gov. Andrew <font color="red">Cuomo</font> and legislative leaders struck a late night deal to authorize four upstate casinos and to allow votes on 10 separate women's rights bills including an abortion proposal that appeared to have been blocked in the Senate.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was scheduled to be announced on Wednesday.</span></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:04:37 +0000 Jaired Crofut 67368 at http://wamc.org AP Source: Cuomo, Leaders Agree On 4 Casinos $90M Restored To Developmental Disabilities Budget http://wamc.org/post/90m-restored-developmental-disabilities-budget <p>ALBANY – The State Assembly has restored the $90 million that was cut from the budget of the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities in a move supported for area legislators.&nbsp; The money had been cut in the governor’s state budget this spring.</p><p>Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D-Forestburgh), who is chairwoman of the Mental Hygiene Committee, said the money is important to the many organizations that serve those in need.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:41:10 +0000 Hank Gross 67277 at http://wamc.org $90M Restored To Developmental Disabilities Budget Hudson Valley Lawmaker Reacts to Report on NYS Assemblyman http://wamc.org/post/hudson-valley-lawmaker-reacts-report-nys-assemblyman <p>New York’s Legislative Ethics Commission released a report Wednesday from the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics. The report focuses on sexual harassment allegations against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez and details a number of charges.</p><p>Democrat Didi Barrett represents the 106th Assembly District, which includes portions of Columbia and Dutchess Counties.</p><p>Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has renewed his call for Lopez to resign. Barrett, who has long advocated for women and girls, has other concerns.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 03:16:00 +0000 Allison Dunne 64887 at http://wamc.org Vito Lopez Report Details Disturbing Allegations of Sexual Harassment http://wamc.org/post/vito-lopez-report-details-disturbing-allegations-sexual-harassment <p>The Legislative Ethics Commission released its report on the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez.&nbsp; It’s conclusions have New York’s&nbsp; National Organization for Women calling for a vote of no confidence against the still serving Assemblyman, and the Republicans calling for Silver to resign.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 64768 at http://wamc.org Vito Lopez Report Details Disturbing Allegations of Sexual Harassment New York State Assembly Holds Final Budget Votes http://wamc.org/post/new-york-state-assembly-holds-final-budget-votes <p>The state legislature is almost finished voting on a $141.3b state budget. Final passage is occurring one week past lawmakers’ s self imposed deadline, but three days before&nbsp; the spending plan was due to be finished. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 60962 at http://wamc.org New York State Assembly Holds Final Budget Votes Assembly to give final OK to $135B NY budget http://wamc.org/post/assembly-give-final-ok-135b-ny-budget <p></p><p></p><p>The New York state Assembly is set to begin final legislative approval of the $135 billion state budget.</p><p>The Assembly plans an early start Thursday and could finish voting by evening, although a late session and Friday session are still possible.</p><p>The Senate&nbsp;gave its approval to budget bills in an overnight session that ended at 4 a.m. Wednesday.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:28:15 +0000 Jaired Crofut 60877 at http://wamc.org Assembly to give final OK to $135B NY budget