Independent Democratic Conference http://nynow.org en Senate IDC leader says his group will maintain its independence http://nynow.org/post/senate-idc-leader-says-his-group-will-maintain-its-independence <p>Senate Independent Conference Leader Jeff Klein says even though his group now plans to realign with the Democrats in the Senate, he won’t rule out working with Republicans in the future.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:39:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32066 at http://nynow.org Activists take to their smart phones to web cast assembly meetings http://nynow.org/post/activists-take-their-smart-phones-web-cast-assembly-meetings <p>Government reform activists took their smart phones into Assembly Committee meetings to live stream meetings that so far have not been available on line to the public.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:44:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 28682 at http://nynow.org Dream Act dies in State Senate http://nynow.org/post/dream-act-dies-state-senate <p>The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.</p><p></p><p>Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein , who is in a ruling coalition with the Republicans , says he’s disappointed that two Democrats joined the GOP to vote no on the bill to allow tuition aid for children of undocumented immigrants.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:00:23 +0000 Karen DeWitt 28607 at http://nynow.org Cuomo's agenda in danger as session wanes http://nynow.org/post/cuomos-agenda-danger-session-wanes <p>There’s three days left in the legislative session, and chances are dimming for a settlement on an abortion rights provision in a women’s equality act, and for reform of campaign financing and other anti-corruption measures.&nbsp; Meanwhile, a new poll finds the public increasingly dissatisfied.<br>&nbsp;<br>As the session winds down, it seems that two of the governor’s top agenda items are doomed in the State Senate.<br>&nbsp; Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:13:52 +0000 Karen DeWitt 19742 at http://nynow.org Supporters urge Senate vote on marijuana decriminalization http://nynow.org/post/supporters-urge-senate-vote-marijuana-decriminalization <p>Members of the legislature’s Black and Hispanic caucus and their allies made a last minute push for a bill to decriminalize the public possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying current laws unfairly target young black and Latino men.<br>&nbsp;<br>Assemblyman Karim Camara, who chairs the caucus, says the bill to decriminalize public possession of small amounts of marijuana is needed partly to fix an ongoing problem with the New York City Police Department’s Stop and Frisk policy.&nbsp; He and other supporters gathered outside the Senate chamber, to call for a vote. &nbsp; Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:30:05 +0000 Karen DeWitt 19711 at http://nynow.org