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New York News
4:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Next Big Issue In New York

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Now that the New York State budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

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New York News
3:03 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Still No Budget Deal In Albany

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement after the time for an expected announcement came and went on Friday.

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New York News
8:02 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Assemblyman Stevenson Convicted Of Bribery

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An Assemblyman from the Bronx has been convicted of corruption charges, meanwhile an Assemblyman from the Buffalo area resigned over accusations of sexual harassment.

On the first formal day of the legislative session, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was convicted of bribery by a federal jury after he took $20,000 from adult day care developers in exchange for promising favorable legislation.  Under state law, Stevenson is automatically removed from office.  

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New York News
7:29 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Speaker Silver Urges Delay Of NY Student Database

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has sent a letter to New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. saying the department should hold off on transferring sensitive student information to a new statewide database.

The letter, also signed by nearly 50 Assembly Democrats, says the lawmakers were swayed by testimony about potential flaws in the plan to share data with Atlanta-based InBloom.

Opponents say it's too risky to store student data in servers in the so-called cloud, accessed through the Internet.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

5/30/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Editor of the Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick, and Times Union Capitol Reporter, Jimmy Vielkind. Ray Graf moderates.

Topics include:
Former Bush Official Said to Be Obama Pick to Lead F.B.I.
Holder Faces New Round of Criticism After Leak Inquiries
A Second Democrat Calls for Silver to Resign
CSEA attacks Cuomo tax-free zone plan
Saratoga racino expansion's inclusion of theater space
Cuomo's new tax free zones
The end of the NY legislative session
Gloversville ice cream trial

New York News
6:13 am
Tue May 21, 2013

NY Speaker Issues Apologizes For Sex Harass Case

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has issued an apology for his handling of a sexual harassment case that spanned years involving at least four women staffers before it was detected.

Silver specifically apologized for the $103,000 secret settlement he crafted last summer to end the first accusations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez and for failing to stop subsequent incidents claimed by more women staffers.

"That I allowed this system to be bypassed in the first instance, even though I believed we were acting in good faith, was a failure on my part," said Silver.

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New York News
6:23 am
Mon May 20, 2013

NY Pol Accused Of Serial Sex Harassment To Resign

A New York assemblyman accused of sexually harassing young female staffers for years says he will resign before he's expelled from the Legislature.

Assemblyman Vito Lopez informed leaders on Saturday he will resign effective this morning.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had planned a rare expulsion proceeding against Lopez beginning today.

Lopez was once a powerful Brooklyn Democratic leader and has been in the Assembly's Democratic majority since 1984.

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New York News
7:08 am
Fri May 17, 2013

NY Assembly Speaker To Propose Lopez Removal

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is proposing that state lawmakers expel Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who is accused of sexual harassment.

Silver is also asking the Assembly to consider the full investigative report, which was critical of Silver's handling of the Lopez case. He says he'll introduce legislation today, which would be acted on Monday.

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

Vito Lopez Report Details Disturbing Allegations of Sexual Harassment

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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
5:55 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Governor Cuomo Outlined Upstate Casinos Plans

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New York Governor Cuomo outlined the details of his plan to site three gambling casinos upstate.

Cuomo, joined by union and business leaders, and representatives from county governments, offered more details of a plan to build three new gambling casinos. Cuomo says he wants to limit the locations to upstate regions for now, to prop up the failing economy.  The governor says upstate needs jobs like it needs “oxygen.” And he says having a downstate location would devalue the upstate centers.

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