New York State Politics http://wamc.org en Women In Office: Ranks Grow In NYS http://wamc.org/post/women-office-ranks-grow-nys <p></p><p>In upstate New York and beyond, women have been taking more active roles in politics: running in races for elective office and winning them.&nbsp; Currently, 98 women serve in the U.S. Congress; 78 in the House; 20 in the Senate, including one from New York, one from Massachusetts and two from New Hampshire. Numbers provided by the Center for American Women in Politics further show that the number of women in statewide executive posts is 75. And the proportion of women in state legislatures is about a quarter.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:32:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 77595 at http://wamc.org Women In Office: Ranks Grow In NYS 21 Arrested as Progressive Groups Turn Wrath on NYS Senate's Independent Democrats http://wamc.org/post/21-arrested-progressive-groups-turn-wrath-nys-senates-independent-democrats <p>There were several arrests at the New York State Capitol Tuesday. Advocates took out their anger and frustration on Cuomo and leaders of the State Senate, after it became clear that a progressive agenda that includes abortion rights and public campaign financing are likely dead for the legislative session.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 67341 at http://wamc.org 21 Arrested as Progressive Groups Turn Wrath on NYS Senate's Independent Democrats Ex-NY Sen. Espada gets 5 years in prison http://wamc.org/post/ex-ny-sen-espada-gets-5-years-prison <p>NEW YORK (AP) — Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud charges.<br><br>Espada was sentenced Friday in Brooklyn.<br><br>The once-influential politician also was convicted in a separate case alleging he looted taxpayer-subsidized health clinics.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:36:57 +0000 Associated Press 67050 at http://wamc.org Ex-NY Sen. Espada gets 5 years in prison 400 Years: Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign http://wamc.org/post/400-years-two-row-wampum-renewal-campaign <p>There’s a growing movement to spread the word that the first agreement made 400 years ago between Native Americans and European settlers is not only still valid, but has relevance today. In 1613 in what is now upstate New York, the first agreement was consecrated between indigenous peoples and interlopers from afar. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 66509 at http://wamc.org 400 Years: Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign Cuomo's Tax Free Zones Draw Mixed Reviews http://wamc.org/post/cuomos-tax-free-zones-draw-mixed-reviews <p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been traveling the state promoting a plan to allow new businesses to go tax free for up to a decade if they locate near a State University campus.&nbsp; The plan, which is yet to be drafted into bill form, has raised some questions.</p> Sat, 25 May 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 65521 at http://wamc.org Cuomo's Tax Free Zones Draw Mixed Reviews NYC Assemblyman Lopez will resign amid sex scandal http://wamc.org/post/nyc-assemblyman-lopez-will-resign-amid-sex-scandal <p>ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic New York City Assemblyman Vito Lopez says he will resign amid a sexual harassment scandal and run for New York City council.<br><br>Lopez says he'll step down June 20.<br><br>Lopez has been under growing pressure after it was revealed the state secretly paid women $103,000 to settle sexual harassment claims against the one-time Brooklyn power broker.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 16:06:55 +0000 Associated Press 64935 at http://wamc.org NYC Assemblyman Lopez will resign amid sex scandal 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 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 Bill Samuels - A Full-time NYS Legislature http://wamc.org/post/bill-samuels-full-time-nys-legislature <p>There have been a number of ideas and suggestions on how to improve the New York State Legislature, especially after the recent arrest of two lawmakers on corruption charges. One of the ideas is changing the job from part-time to full time. That’s not a new thought, in fact it was suggested more than 100 years ago, in 1910, by then newly-elected State Senator Franklin Delano Roosevelt.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Brian Shields 63594 at http://wamc.org Bill Samuels - A Full-time NYS Legislature Second Half of New York Legislative Session Overshadowed by New Scandals http://wamc.org/post/second-half-new-york-legislative-session-overshadowed-new-scandals <p>The second half of New York’s legislative session begins Monday. It's likely to be dominated by the response to on going bribery and corruption scandals that came to light while lawmakers were on spring break. &nbsp;</p><p>Governor Cuomo, and one of the Co-Leaders of the State Senate have already taken some preemptive action before the legislature’s scheduled return to the Capitol,&nbsp; following federal bribery charges against a State Senator and an Assemblyman, as well as other officials.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 62132 at http://wamc.org Second Half of New York Legislative Session Overshadowed by New Scandals