Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

New York News
4:58 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Micah Kellner: Assembly Harassment Findings

Credit New York State Assembly

A New York assemblyman faces the loss of his staff and offices after an ethics committee found he continued to violate that house's sexual harassment policy.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says Assemblyman Micah Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat, will lose his Albany and district offices and staff allocation by month’s end.

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New York News
3:09 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Delay Of Common Core Effects Likely In New York Budget

New York State lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

New York Lawmakers Closer To Budget Agreement

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blowup that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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New York News
3:52 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Legislature To Add School Funding, But Advocates Say Not Enough

Credit Karen DeWitt

New York State Assembly Democrats say there should be more money for schools and the environment, and major changes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to freeze property taxes. It’s all part of a one-house budget resolution, the first step in reaching agreement on a final spending plan by the end of March.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Estate Tax Provision Uncertain In NYS Assembly

Sheldon Silver
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Next Wednesday, both houses of the New York State legislature are due to release their one house budget proposals, which they will then use to negotiate a final spending plan with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in an interview with NYS-PBS's New York Now and public radio stations, says Assembly Democrats are not yet on board with part of Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax.

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New York News
3:25 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

NY Assembly, Senate Budget Plans Due

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Budget negotiations are expected to get serious at the New York State Capitol this week, with the spending plan due at the end of the month.

The Senate and Assembly are due to put out their one house budget resolutions on Wednesday, the first step toward reaching a final deal with Governor Andrew Cuomo later this month.

There are a number of unresolved issues, including how to pay for and structure a plan to provide universal pre-kindergarten to New York’s four-year-olds. A multi-step plan proposed by Governor Cuomo to freeze property taxes has faced skepticism.   

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New York News
4:09 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Silver Urges Senate To Pass DREAM Act

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Assembly Democrats were passing a one house version of the DREAM Act on Tuesday, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

New York Assembly Speaker Now Calling for Special Elections

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Some top New York state lawmakers seem to be changing their minds over whether to call special elections for a growing number of vacancies in the legislature. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver now says he wants voters to pick new legislators to fill 11 vacancies.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Lawmakers Differ Over Common Core Fix

There’s continued dissatisfaction over the state’s implementation of the new Common Core standards, which parents, students and teachers have complained has led to too much testing. There’s disagreement, though, in the state legislature over how to fix it.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Growing Number of Vacancies In Legislature Likely To Continue Until 2015

NYPIRG's Blair Horner says New Yorkers deserve special elections to fill seats in the state legislature.
Credit C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

The New York State legislature now has 11 unfilled seats, after one Assemblyman resigned over a sexual harassment scandal, and another was expelled after being convicted of a felony.  But it could be another year before those seats are filled.

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