New York State Politics

New York News
12:32 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Women In Office: Ranks Grow In NYS

Albany NY city Treasurer and Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In upstate New York and beyond, women have been taking more active roles in politics: running in races for elective office and winning them.  Currently, 98 women serve in the U.S. Congress; 78 in the House; 20 in the Senate, including one from New York, one from Massachusetts and two from New Hampshire. Numbers provided by the Center for American Women in Politics further show that the number of women in statewide executive posts is 75. And the proportion of women in state legislatures is about a quarter.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

21 Arrested as Progressive Groups Turn Wrath on NYS Senate's Independent Democrats

New York State NOW President Zenaida Mendez, being arrested at a sit in outside Sen Klein's offices Tuesday afternoon.
Credit Karen DeWitt

There were several arrests at the New York State Capitol Tuesday. Advocates took out their anger and frustration on Cuomo and leaders of the State Senate, after it became clear that a progressive agenda that includes abortion rights and public campaign financing are likely dead for the legislative session.

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New York News
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
12:30 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

400 Years: Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

Handshake: Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper and a Two Row Wampum expert is pictured outside Albany City Hall with Albany Common Councilmember Cathy Fahey
Credit Dave Lucas

There’s a growing movement to spread the word that the first agreement made 400 years ago between Native Americans and European settlers is not only still valid, but has relevance today. In 1613 in what is now upstate New York, the first agreement was consecrated between indigenous peoples and interlopers from afar.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Cuomo's Tax Free Zones Draw Mixed Reviews

May 21, 2013, Albany - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveils his "Tax-Free NY" initiative.
Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been traveling the state promoting a plan to allow new businesses to go tax free for up to a decade if they locate near a State University campus.  The plan, which is yet to be drafted into bill form, has raised some questions.

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New York News
12:06 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

NYC Assemblyman Lopez will resign amid sex scandal

New York State Assemblyman Vito Lopez

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic New York City Assemblyman Vito Lopez says he will resign amid a sexual harassment scandal and run for New York City council.

Lopez says he'll step down June 20.

Lopez has been under growing pressure after it was revealed the state secretly paid women $103,000 to settle sexual harassment claims against the one-time Brooklyn power broker.

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

Vito Lopez Report Details Disturbing Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Vito Lopez

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
Mon May 6, 2013

Another New York State Senator Arrested

New York State Senator John Sampson

Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts,  and then trying to cover it up. 

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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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