New York State Politics

New York News
4:41 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

New York Assembly Speaker Says Gun Law Provision Could be Delayed

Credit Flickr/Smarter's Photos

The Speaker of the State Assembly says a portion of New York’s gun control laws, set to take effect April 15th, may be postponed while talks continue on how to amend the provision.

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are talking about amending the state’s gun control laws to reverse a ban on the sale of 10 bullet magazines. They say the law as written presents a conflict because the 10 round magazines are still allowed at shooting ranges and sporting competitions, but under the impending ban, gun owners would no longer be allowed to buy them in New York for those purposes.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - The Minimum Wage : 3/6/13

In his State of the Union Address last month, President Barack Obama called on congress to pass an increase to the federal minimum wage, raising it from its current rate $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour.

This week, House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, more than a dollar higher than Obama proposed.

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and California Representative George Miller say their bill, introduced yesterday, would boost the minimum by 2015, followed by automatic annual increases tied to changes in the cost of living.

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New York News
8:40 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Cuomo denies was headed to OK fracking

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo denies he was close to approving limited hydrofracking for natural gas last month before talking with environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Cuomo says an Associated Press report citing state officials and an interview with Kennedy was wrong. State officials close to Cuomo and Kennedy had said Cuomo was near a decision last month to order limited drilling. 

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New York News
4:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

New York passes 1st US gun control bill since Connecticut massacre

Gov. Cuomo sings gun control bill
Credit Karen DeWitt

  The unique new governing coalition in the New York State Senate passed its first test , on the first full day of session, when Senators approved a sweeping gun control package urged by Governor Cuomo.Senator Jeff Klein, the leader of the five member faction of Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Conference, took a gamble breaking away from the rest of the Democrats and forming the dominant governing coalition with the now 30 Republican Senators.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Liz Benjamin - The Strange Bedfellows of Campaign Season

Two endorsements made yesterday in state Senate races proved - yet again - that old adage about the game of politics and the strange bedfellows its players choose as they seek to achieve, maintain or consolidate power.

The first came from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is now two for two, technically speaking, in bestowing his general election support on fellow Democrats.

Cuomo's first nod went to Sen. Joe Addabbo, one of the Senate Republicans' top targets this fall who is facing a spirited challenge from a GOP rising star, New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich.

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Elections
12:20 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Gibson v. Shreibman in first of three NY-19 debates

Republican New York Congressman Chris Gibson faced off against his Democratic opponent Julian Schreibman last night in the first of three scheduled debates in the race for the state’s newly formed 19th Congressional District.

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Capital District News
12:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Andrew Beam - The Troy Record

Among the many races to be decided by primary elections tomorrow in New York, a very contentious contest for the Republican nomination in  the 43rd State Senate District , and a more issues-driven campaign for the Democratic nomination for the 107th Assembly District. The candidates in the 43rd, incumbent senator Roy Mc-Donald and challenger Kathy Marchione met for a debate last night and the charges and counter-charges flew.  Andrew Beam of the Troy Record was there. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

Capital District News
12:20 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Andrew Beam - The Troy Record

The candidates in an often contentious campaign for the Democratic primary in New York’s 44th State Senate District met in a debate last evening at Russell Sage College in Troy. The campaign between incumbent Neil Breslin and challenger Shawn Morse has been marked with accusations of private investigators and arrest records with character an issue. Andrew Beam, who covered the debate for the Troy Record says while issues were discussed so was the character of the candidates. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

New York News
12:20 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Nikki Jones - The Alliance for Quality Education

It is called ‘bullet aid,’ but others have called it ‘school district pork.’ Extra state aid to school districts and libraries doled out by the majority parties that control the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly. The latest bullet aid from State Senate Republicans is going, by and large, to schools and libraries in the districts now held by Republican senators. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke about bullet aid today with Nikki Jones of the Alliance for Quality Education, a school and education advocacy group in New York.

New York News
12:25 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Jimmy Vielkind - The Albany Times Union

Government reform groups say there are a number of loopholes in New York’s campaign finance regulations, and that LLC’s, or Limited Liability Corporations, are part of the problem. Jimmy Vielkind of the Albany Times Union has been looking into these organizations and how they can be used to get around some of the campaign donation limits. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke to Vielkind about his front page story in today’s paper.

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