NYS Senate

New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, a fiery Democrat who has represented Manhattan and Brooklyn since 2009, is leaving the Senate. Squadron says his resignation will be effective Friday, setting up a special election to fill the 26th district seat in November. Though he didn’t cite specifics, Squadron says he will work to make progressive change nationwide following the election of President Donald Trump in November. Squadron cited frustrations with Albany in his announcement, including the “three-men-in-a-room” process for major legislation and lax campaign finance rules.

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New Yorkers will now be able to order a drink, or two, with their brunch, or in some cases breakfast, at bars and restaurants on Sunday morning.  The current law forbids sale of alcohol before noon on Sunday. But starting when Governor Cuomo signs the bill into law, alcohol will be available starting two hours earlier.

With barely a week left, Environmental Advocates of New York says the state Senate is ending the session with its worst environmental record in decades.