Legislation & Policy
4:39 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Growing number of vacancies in legislature likely to continue until 2015

The New York State legislature now has eleven unfilled seats, after one Assemblyman resigned over a sexual harassment scandal, and another was expelled after being convicted of a felony.  But it could be another year before those seats are filled.

In recent days, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson of the Bronx was automatically ousted from the Assembly when he was convicted on felony bribery charges. Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak of Cheektowaga resigned under pressure after seven women accused him of sexual harassment.

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Education & History
5:01 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Pro school funding rally draws hundreds to Capitol

Hundreds of school children, parents and union members held a rally and sit-in at the State Capitol to build momentum for more spending on schools in the state budget.

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Health & Environment
8:44 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Patient advocates lobby for wider use of medical marijuana

Patients with serious health conditions, including children with a severe seizure disorder, came to the Capitol to urge passage of a bill to more fully allow access to medical  marijuana in New York.

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Legislation & Policy
8:41 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Assemblyman convicted on bribery charges

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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Legislation & Policy
3:39 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Cuomo tries again for anti-corruption reform

Governor Cuomo, in his State of the State speech, once again called for a reform package to address corruption in the legislature. Last year, bills to crack down on bribery and enact public campaign financing were never passed.  

The legislature failed in 2013 to act on any of the governor’s reform proposals, despite several arrests, indictments, and imprisonments of lawmakers.

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Politics & Elections
3:21 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

What will Governor Christie scandal mean for NY?

Politics & Elections
11:38 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Watch Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

Did you miss Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address?  Don't worry, we have our full broadcast of the event including our pre-and-post speech analysis with Matt Ryan and Casey Seiler. 

Legislation & Policy
5:10 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Legislative sponsors of medical marijuana call for passage of their bill

Governor Cuomo officially called for limited access to medical marijuana in his State of the State address. But sponsors of a bill to allow the illegal drug to be used for some medical treatments say Cuomo’s plan is outdated and won’t work.

Governor Cuomo will use powers under a law created three decades ago that is designed to give New Yorkers with cancer, glaucoma, and other serious conditions access to marijuana as a medical treatment.

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