Sheldon Silver http://wamc.org en Medical Marijuana Next Big Issue In New York http://wamc.org/post/medical-marijuana-next-big-issue-new-york <p>Now that the New York State budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:42:13 +0000 Karen Dewitt 87740 at http://wamc.org Medical Marijuana Next Big Issue In New York Still No Budget Deal In Albany http://wamc.org/post/still-no-budget-deal-albany <p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement after the time for an expected announcement came and went on Friday. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:03:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 86939 at http://wamc.org Still No Budget Deal In Albany Assemblyman Stevenson Convicted Of Bribery http://wamc.org/post/assemblyman-stevenson-convicted-bribery <p>An Assemblyman from the Bronx has been convicted of corruption charges, meanwhile an Assemblyman from the Buffalo area resigned over accusations of sexual harassment.</p><p>On the first formal day of the legislative session, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was convicted of bribery by a federal jury after he took $20,000 from adult day care developers in exchange for promising favorable legislation.&nbsp; Under state law, Stevenson is automatically removed from office. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:02:05 +0000 Karen Dewitt 81801 at http://wamc.org Assemblyman Stevenson Convicted Of Bribery Speaker Silver Urges Delay Of NY Student Database http://wamc.org/post/speaker-silver-urges-delay-ny-student-database <p>Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has sent a letter to New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. saying the department should hold off on transferring sensitive student information to a new statewide database.</p><p>The letter, also signed by nearly 50 Assembly Democrats, says the lawmakers were swayed by testimony about potential flaws in the plan to share data with Atlanta-based InBloom.</p><p>Opponents say it's too risky to store student data in servers in the so-called cloud, accessed through the Internet.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:29:39 +0000 Jaired Crofut 80299 at http://wamc.org Speaker Silver Urges Delay Of NY Student Database 5/30/13 - Panel http://wamc.org/post/53013-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Editor of the Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick, and Times Union Capitol Reporter, Jimmy Vielkind. Ray Graf moderates.</p><p>Topics include:<br>Former Bush Official Said to Be Obama Pick to Lead F.B.I.<br>Holder Faces New Round of Criticism After Leak Inquiries<br>A Second Democrat Calls for Silver to Resign<br>CSEA attacks Cuomo tax-free zone plan<br>Saratoga racino expansion's inclusion of theater space<br>Cuomo's new tax free zones<br>The end of the NY legislative session<br>Gloversville ice cream trial</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ray Graf 65911 at http://wamc.org NY Speaker Issues Apologizes For Sex Harass Case http://wamc.org/post/ny-speaker-issues-apologizes-sex-harass-case <p></p><p></p><p>New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has issued an apology for his handling of a sexual harassment case that spanned years involving at least four women staffers before it was detected.</p><p>Silver specifically apologized for the $103,000 secret settlement he crafted last summer to end the first accusations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez and for failing to stop subsequent incidents claimed by more women staffers.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 10:13:49 +0000 Jaired Crofut 65165 at http://wamc.org NY Speaker Issues Apologizes For Sex Harass Case NY Pol Accused Of Serial Sex Harassment To Resign http://wamc.org/post/ny-pol-accused-serial-sex-harassment-resign <p>A New York assemblyman accused of sexually harassing young female staffers for years says he will resign before he's expelled from the Legislature.</p><p>Assemblyman Vito&nbsp;Lopez informed leaders on Saturday he will resign effective this morning.</p><p>Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had planned a rare expulsion proceeding against Lopez beginning today.</p><p>Lopez was once a powerful Brooklyn Democratic leader and has been in the Assembly's Democratic majority since 1984.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 10:23:16 +0000 Jaired Crofut 65075 at http://wamc.org NY Pol Accused Of Serial Sex Harassment To Resign NY Assembly Speaker To Propose Lopez Removal http://wamc.org/post/ny-assembly-speaker-propose-lopez-removal <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is proposing that state lawmakers expel Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who is accused of sexual harassment.</p><p>Silver is also asking the Assembly to consider the full investigative report, which was critical of Silver's handling of the Lopez case. He says he'll introduce legislation today, which would be acted on Monday.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 11:08:25 +0000 Jaired Crofut 64903 at http://wamc.org NY Assembly Speaker To Propose Lopez Removal 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 Governor Cuomo Outlined Upstate Casinos Plans http://wamc.org/post/governor-cuomo-outlined-upstate-casinos-plans <p>New York Governor Cuomo outlined the details of his plan to site three gambling casinos upstate.</p><p>Cuomo, joined by union and business leaders, and representatives from county governments, offered more details of a plan to build three new gambling casinos. Cuomo says he wants to limit the locations to upstate regions for now, to prop up the failing economy. &nbsp;The governor says upstate needs jobs like it needs “oxygen.” And he says having a downstate location would devalue the upstate centers.</p><p></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 09:55:42 +0000 Karen Dewitt 64330 at http://wamc.org Governor Cuomo Outlined Upstate Casinos Plans