ASSEMBLY

New York State Assembly

A state assemblyman from Queens says the FBI has raided his home, hotel and offices in an investigation of his daily expense claims.

Democrat William Scarborough says representatives from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office and the FBI raided his hotel room at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.  He says FBI agents left his office Wednesday with boxes marked evidence. He says they took his cell phone, calendars and "just about everything."

The Legislature has weathered a series of criminal and sexual harassment scandals in recent years.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new sexual harassment accusation in New York's Assembly was blocked from investigation by a lawyer who will be fired by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as the longtime leader continues to be dogged for mishandling other harassment claims.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat now running for New York City Council, was accused four years ago of inappropriate online communication with a young female staffer.

The accusation, including 15 pages of transcribed online chats, was reported to longtime Assembly lawyer Bill Collins.

NY Budget Passes

Mar 29, 2013
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York State lawmakers were  finished work on the state budget Thursday evening, completing the spending plan three days before the deadline.   

The Assembly held a marathon day of voting to wrap up work on the budget , after the State Senate finished up in a midnight session earlier.

Debate on the floor included criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, over $90 million dollars in cuts to providers of services for the developmentally disabled. Lawmakers have set up a task force to try to mitigate the cuts.

The Assembly and Senate have passed legislation they say will curb abuses against disabled people in state care.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…