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WAMC News
7:59 am
Wed May 1, 2013

NY Ethics Board: Lopez Sex Report Will Be Public

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The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics board says its report into accusations that Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexually harassed young, women staffers will soon be made public.

The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics report is now in the hands of the Legislative Ethics Commission, which could take action against Lopez.

Under law, JCOPE must provide more time for the Legislative Ethics Commission to consider the report and any sanctions. But that period ends in mid-May and the report becomes public at that point.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

New York State Assembly Holds Final Budget Votes

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The state legislature is almost finished voting on a $141.3b state budget. Final passage is occurring one week past lawmakers’ s self imposed deadline, but three days before  the spending plan was due to be finished.

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New York News
5:05 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Senate Passes Some Budget bills, Assembly Waits Until Thursday

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The New York State Senate held a rare Sunday session at the Capitol, in an attempt to get the state budget finished on time in the midst of major religious holidays.

The State Senate met to vote on three previously agreed upon budget bills, in an attempt to finish the spending plan without interfering with the Easter and Passover holidays.  Senate Finance Committee Chair John DeFrancisco explained it on the Senate floor.

“We’re trying to jumpstart the process,” said De Francisco, who says starting early gives everyone “ample time” for debating the bills.  

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New York News
5:57 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Assmbly Spkr Says Gun Law Provision Could be Delayed

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The Speaker of the State Assembly says a portion of New York’s gun control laws, set to take effect April 15th, may be post poned 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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New York News
6:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Despite Agreement, New York State Budget Talks Go On

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

New York Assembly Speaker Says Gun Law Provision Could be Delayed

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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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New York News
6:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

New York Lawmakers Say Weekend Budget Session Increasingly Likely

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State and budget messages at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn on February 28, 2013.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

The New York State budget is crawling to a conclusion, as legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo continue closed door meetings to try to strike a final deal.

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New York News
5:23 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Leaders still working on timely New York state budget

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders continued to meet to try to complete the state budget by next week.

Legislative leaders were tight lipped as they emerged for the third day in a row from private talks with Cuomo.

“Do you have a recording from yesterday?” joked Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. “Just play it back.”

Silver says the governor and leaders are “making progress."

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New York News
6:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

NY School Aid Crisis May Affect Budget Negotiations

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Education has been a hot-button topic in New York politics - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is turning up the heat by calling for reversing Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to withhold school aid from New York City. This development breaks as advocates warn a "Child care crisis" is set to impact the state economy.

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Capital District News
11:32 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Silver Says He Will Be Cleared

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he expects to be vindicated in an ethics probe into the $103,000 settlement he approved to end sexual harassment claims against a fellow Democrat.

Silver tells The Buffalo News on Tuesday that he believes the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics will find he acted in good faith to protect the victims. Silver approved a deal this summer that wasn't disclosed until further sexual harassment accusations were made against the assemblyman, Vito Lopez of Brooklyn.

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