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12:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Senate And Assembly Candidates Spar Over Women's Equality Act

Madelyn Thorne and Sen. Hugh Farley
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The candidates for New York’s 49th Senate and 112th Assembly districts debated in Saratoga County last night. The two Democrats vying for the seats long held by Republican incumbents both focused their messages on the women’s equality agenda.

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New York News
6:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Senate Ruling Coalition Gains A New Member

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.

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New York News
12:07 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

NY Gov's "Free College For Convicts" Plan Takes Heat

111th District Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D)
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"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." ~ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

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New York News
6:14 am
Mon June 24, 2013

NY Passes Mercury Thermostat Disposal Law

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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. 

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.

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New York News
8:22 am
Fri June 21, 2013

NY Assembly OKs Women's Rights, Abortion Bill

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New York's Democrat-led Assembly has approved bills including an abortion rights provision that has roiled Albany.

But Senate Republicans refused to allow the abortion measure to the floor in that chamber.

The Senate plans to adopt the nine other women's rights initiatives in the 10-point package pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The nine items combat discrimination against women in the workplace and strengthen human trafficking laws.

Those could be sent back to the Assembly today after Senate passage and voted into law.

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New York News
6:04 am
Wed June 19, 2013

AP Source: Cuomo, Leaders Agree On 4 Casinos

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A senior Cuomo administration official says Gov. Andrew Cuomo 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.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was scheduled to be announced on Wednesday.

Legislative officials immediately disputed some elements of the agreement.

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Hudson Valley News
8:41 am
Tue June 18, 2013

$90M Restored To Developmental Disabilities Budget

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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.  The money had been cut in the governor’s state budget this spring.

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.

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Hudson Valley News
11:16 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Hudson Valley Lawmaker Reacts to Report on NYS Assemblyman

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.

Democrat Didi Barrett represents the 106th Assembly District, which includes portions of Columbia and Dutchess Counties.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has renewed his call for Lopez to resign. Barrett, who has long advocated for women and girls, has other concerns.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Vito Lopez Report Details Disturbing Allegations of Sexual Harassment

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The Legislative Ethics Commission released its report on the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez.  It’s conclusions have New York’s  National Organization for Women calling for a vote of no confidence against the still serving Assemblyman, and the Republicans calling for Silver to resign.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

New York State Assembly Holds Final Budget Votes

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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  the spending plan was due to be finished.

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