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1:36 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Ex-NY Sen. Espada gets 5 years in prison

Former New York State Senator Pedro Espada Jr.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud charges.

Espada was sentenced Friday in Brooklyn.

The once-influential politician also was convicted in a separate case alleging he looted taxpayer-subsidized health clinics.

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New York News
12:13 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

New York State Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy - Opting Out Of The Electoral College

Patricia Fahy

After the 2000 presidential election which saw Al Gore win the popular vote, but George Bush win the White House, there was an outcry by some to get rid of the Electoral College.  A bill to change that system has just cleared the New York State Assembly.  

The measure is being supported by Albany area Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat, who says the bill would have New York join an interstate compact in which states would give all of their Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationwide. Fahy spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

With One Week To Go in Session, Cuomo Campaigns Across State for Agenda

It’s getting down to the wire for major pieces of legislation as the end of session approaches in Albany, including women’s rights and campaign finance reform. There are no agreements yet, but as Karen DeWitt reports, that’s not unusual in a government that operates on last minute deals.

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New York News
12:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Women's Groups Targeting New York State Senate Over Abortion Rights Provision

Women’s groups are putting pressure on the State Senate’s ruling coalition to take up Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, which includes  an abortion rights provision.

Senator DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican and Chair of the Finance Committee, said in an interview with public radio and television that most New York women aren’t that interested in the proposal, “and would not even lose a night’s sleep about expanding abortion rights”.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Hundreds Rally for Stalled NY Public Campaign Finance Bill

Supporters of public campaign financing rally at the New York State Capitol in Albany, May 29, 2013.
Credit Karen DeWitt

Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol to rally for public financing of political campaigns. The measure remains in limbo in the State Senate and Governor Cuomo faces questions on whether he’s working hard enough for the proposal to pass.
 
They came in busses from all over New York to give state lawmakers their message- big money is corrupting politics. They say the state should adopt New York City’s public campaign finance system, which allows candidates to match every dollar they collect in small donations with seven dollars of government funds.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Alan Chartock - The Vito Lopez Sex Scandal

Faced with the possibility of being expelled from the state legislature as soon as next week, State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, a Democrat from Brooklyn, today said he would resign on June 20th at the end of the legislative session and run for a seat on the New York City Council. 

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New York News
12:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Bill Samuels - A Full-time NYS Legislature

There have been a number of ideas and suggestions on how to improve the New York State Legislature, especially after the recent arrest of two lawmakers on corruption charges. One of the ideas is changing the job from part-time to full time. That’s not a new thought, in fact it was suggested more than 100 years ago, in 1910, by then newly-elected State Senator Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

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New York News
6:00 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Second Half of New York Legislative Session Overshadowed by New Scandals

The second half of New York’s legislative session begins Monday. It's likely to be dominated by the response to on going bribery and corruption scandals that came to light while lawmakers were on spring break.  

Governor Cuomo, and one of the Co-Leaders of the State Senate have already taken some preemptive action before the legislature’s scheduled return to the Capitol,  following federal bribery charges against a State Senator and an Assemblyman, as well as other officials. 

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New York News
3:27 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Alan Chartock - Corruption in the New York State Legislature

Just two days after State Senator Malcolm Smith of New York City was charged with bribery, another state lawmaker is facing the same charge in an un-related case.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Despite Agreement, New York State Budget Talks Go On

Credit ..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..

Even though state lawmakers announced a budget agreement Wednesday, they spent the day Thursday trying to pin down details and print the bills in time to be through over the weekend.

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