New York State Legislature

Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Blair Horner: Previewing The 2015 Legislative Session


This week, Governor Cuomo unveils his plans for the 2015 legislative session.  The State of the State allows the executive a unique opportunity to command public attention and to mobilize support for his proposals, as well as to kick off the legislative session.

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New York News
1:02 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Another NYS Legislative Session Underway... Lawmakers Ready To Tackle Issues

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The New York State Legislature convened last week for its six-month session. Area lawmakers have varying hopes and expectations for 2015.

Another session is under way, but off to a slow start resulting from Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to move the State of the State address back two weeks following the death of his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

2015 Session To Focus On Rent Laws, Teacher Performance

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The legislative session is off to a subdued start, with the governor’s State of the State message delayed for two weeks. Nevertheless, fault lines are already forming over some key issues, including rent regulations and how to measure teacher performance.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

State Senate Starts 2015 With GOP Fully In Charge

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

  The New York State Senate and Assembly met in Albany to choose new leaders and begin outlining their plans for the 2015 session. The year begins with Republicans in full control of the State Senate, but with a group of breakaway Democrats still enjoying special status.

The State of the State has been delayed for two weeks, due to the funeral of former Governor Mario Cuomo, the father of Governor Andrew Cuomo. But under New York’s state’ constitution, the legislature is still required to convene.   

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Blair Horner: Albany Wants A Pay Raise


Now that the election is safely behind them, Governor Cuomo and state legislators have begun to raise the issue of a pay raise.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Business Group Praises Senate GOP Voting Record, Pans Democrats

Pro-business group Unshackle Upstate released ratings, ranking state lawmakers for their stance on several pro-business bills
Credit unshackleupstate.org

An upstate pro-business group is out with ratings for the New York Senate and Assembly, and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group’s agenda than conservative leaning Republicans. Unshackle Upstate says that could have implications for the group’s interests if Democrats take over the Senate in November.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

New York Legislature Graded On Environmental Progress

Credit New York League of Conservation Voters

The New York League of Conservation Voters has issued its “Environmental Progress Report” grading the legislature on its priority issues for the recently adjourned legislative session.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Blair Horner: The 2014 Legislative Wrap Up

Now that the 2014 legislative session is finished, the question is what got done?  During this session, high profile bills got passed – such as a new law allowing, in select circumstances, the medicinal use of marijuana.  Over the past four years, the budget was completed in time for the beginning of the new fiscal year, a streak unheard of in modern New York State history.

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New York News
4:22 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New York State Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Sponsor of the medical marijuana bill Diane Savino
Credit Karen DeWitt

After a lengthy debate of several hours, the medical marijuana bill was approved in the Senate, and now goes to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has said he'll sign it.   

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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Agree on Anti-Heroin Bills, Still Discussing Medical Marijuana

Demonstrators for medical marijuana at legislative session in Albany
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction, and say they are still discussing other issues, including medical marijuana, as the legislative session draws to a close. 

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