New York State Assembly http://wrvo.org en In New York's 128th Assembly District race, a familiar matchup returns http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-128th-assembly-district-race-familiar-matchup-returns <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:07:05 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59366 at http://wrvo.org In New York's 128th Assembly District race, a familiar matchup returns Brindisi continues push for new high school diploma http://wrvo.org/post/brindisi-continues-push-new-high-school-diploma <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an attempt to increase the number of New York high school graduates who are work ready, one state assemblyman is pushing for the approval of a new high-tech and manufacturing-based diploma. The goal is to help employers fill jobs with qualified graduates.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:55:06 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59059 at http://wrvo.org Medical marijuana bill sponsors hold private meeting with Cuomo http://wrvo.org/post/medical-marijuana-bill-sponsors-hold-private-meeting-cuomo <p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:26:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57486 at http://wrvo.org Medical marijuana bill sponsors hold private meeting with Cuomo NY Legislature approves "National Popular Vote" bill http://wrvo.org/post/ny-legislature-approves-national-popular-vote-bill <p></p><p>New York lawmakers have approved a bill that would enter the state in the <a href="http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/" target="_blank">National Popular Vote Interstate Compact</a>, an agreement to award electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the majority of the popular vote.</p><p>Proponents of the National Popular Vote initiative believe that the Electoral College, in place since the first days of&nbsp;the nation, is not the best way to elect a president.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:44:01 +0000 Dave Lucas 53577 at http://wrvo.org NY Legislature approves "National Popular Vote" bill FBI investigating alleged corruption in state Assembly, Senate http://wrvo.org/post/fbi-investigating-alleged-corruption-state-assembly-senate <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:25:36 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53342 at http://wrvo.org Activists take to their smartphones to webcast Assembly meetings http://wrvo.org/post/activists-take-their-smartphones-webcast-assembly-meetings <p></p><p>Government reform activists took their smartphones into Assembly Committee meetings to live stream meetings that so far have not been available online to the public.<br /><br />To mark what’s known as Sunshine Week, to promote a more open government, the activists took their smartphones into several Assembly Committee meetings. Using simple software, they pressed record and streamed the proceedings live on the Internet.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:54:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52977 at http://wrvo.org Activists take to their smartphones to webcast Assembly meetings Fate of estate tax provision uncertain in state Assembly http://wrvo.org/post/fate-estate-tax-provision-uncertain-state-assembly <p>On Wednesday, both houses of the legislature are due to release their one-house budget proposals, which they will then use to negotiate a final spending plan with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in an interview with PBS's New York Now and public radio stations, says Assembly Democrats are not yet on board with part of Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax.<br /> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:10:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52437 at http://wrvo.org Assembly, Senate budget plans due http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-senate-budget-plans-due <p>Budget negotiations are expected to get serious at the state Capitol this week, with the spending plan due at the end of the month.<br /><br />The Senate and Assembly are due to put out their one house budget resolutions Wednesday, the first step toward reaching a final deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.<br /><br />There are a number of unresolved issues, including how to pay for and structure a plan to provide universal pre-kindergarten to New York’s four-year-olds, and a multi-step plan proposed by Cuomo to freeze property taxes has faced skepticism.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:27:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52433 at http://wrvo.org Oswego County mother takes head shop owner to court http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-county-mother-takes-head-shop-owner-court <p></p><p>An Oswego County mother is taking a local head shop to court following her son's death after smoking synthetic marijuana he allegedly bought from the store.<br /><br />Teresa Woolson, whose 19-year-old son, Victor, drowned in Lake Ontario after smoking a form of synthetic marijuana, wants the shop's owner, the drug manufacturer and the distributor held accountable.<br /><br />In August 2012, Victor Woolson drowned in the lake soon after smoking "K-2 Avalanche," a form of synthetic marijuana he apparently bought from Xtreme Underground.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:59:59 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51519 at http://wrvo.org Russell leaving door open on Congressional run; for now, focused on Assembly work http://wrvo.org/post/russell-leaving-door-open-congressional-run-now-focused-assembly-work <p></p><p>State Assemblywoman Addie Russell’s name surfaced as a possible Democratic contender for the 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Congressional District seat, after Rep. Bill Owens announced he won’t run again.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:49:53 +0000 Joanna Richards 50074 at http://wrvo.org Russell leaving door open on Congressional run; for now, focused on Assembly work Growing number of vacancies in legislature likely to remain until 2015 http://wrvo.org/post/growing-number-vacancies-legislature-likely-remain-until-2015 <p></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:56:55 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49997 at http://wrvo.org Growing number of vacancies in legislature likely to remain until 2015 Assemblyman convicted on bribery charges http://wrvo.org/post/assemblyman-convicted-bribery-charges <p>An Assemblyman from the Bronx has been convicted of corruption charges, meanwhile an Assemblyman from the Buffalo area resigned over accusations of sexual harassment.</p><p></p><p>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.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:59:27 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49923 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers fight Cuomo commission subpoenas in court http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-fight-cuomo-commission-subpoenas-court <p></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:00:35 +0000 Karen DeWitt 47629 at http://wrvo.org Education commissioner faces bipartisan grilling by members of state Assembly http://wrvo.org/post/education-commissioner-faces-bipartisan-grilling-members-state-assembly <p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:43:20 +0000 Karen DeWitt 47466 at http://wrvo.org Educators air concerns about Common Core standards in another forum http://wrvo.org/post/educators-air-concerns-about-common-core-standards-another-forum <p></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:27:42 +0000 Ellen Abbott 47372 at http://wrvo.org Educators air concerns about Common Core standards in another forum Assembly GOP Leader calls for special session http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-gop-leader-calls-special-session <p>The Republican leader of the state Assembly is calling for the legislature to return for a special session to wrap up some unfinished business.</p><p>The legislature adjourned at the end of June with no firm plans to meet again before next January, but Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb says there’s too much left to do to wait until next year.</p><p>“I definitely think we should go back,” Kolb said. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 10:42:03 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42011 at http://wrvo.org Assembly GOP Leader calls for special session Newly formed coalition takes aim at politicians who supported gun control http://wrvo.org/post/newly-formed-coalition-takes-aim-politicians-who-supported-gun-control <p>A coalition of gun rights advocates and others are forming a new political movement to get what they say are disaffected and disenfranchised New Yorkers to vote.<p><br>The leaders of the new group include the state’s Rifle and Pistol Association, but the group’s president, Tom King, says it goes beyond the state’s recently enacted stiff new gun control legislation.<br><br>“It’s the whole spectrum of constitutional rights that are being infringed in New York state,” King said. “This is for the everyday person who feels disenfranchised.”<br> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:54:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40898 at http://wrvo.org Gov. Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission follows in father's footsteps http://wrvo.org/post/gov-cuomos-moreland-act-commission-follows-fathers-footsteps <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for a Moreland Act Commission to investigate the legislature is not the first time a governor created a panel to probe state lawmakers. In fact, Cuomo’s own father did it a quarter century ago, with mixed results.</p><p>When Andrew Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo, was governor back in the 1980s, he also called on the powers in the now 100-year-old Moreland Act to appoint a commission to look into government corruption.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:15:17 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40833 at http://wrvo.org Gov. Cuomo celebrates legislative victories, says still more to do http://wrvo.org/post/gov-cuomo-celebrates-legislative-victories-says-still-more-do <p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:55:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40385 at http://wrvo.org Assembly passes caps to lower taxes on farmers http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-passes-caps-lower-taxes-farmers <p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:29:55 +0000 Julie Alderman 39823 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says Lopez should be expelled, stops short of criticizing Speaker Silver http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-lopez-should-be-expelled-stops-short-criticizing-speaker-silver <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the subject of a scathing ethics commission report on sexual harassment, to resign from office or be expelled. Fri, 17 May 2013 13:09:19 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38001 at http://wrvo.org Lopez report details disturbing allegations of sexual harassment http://wrvo.org/post/lopez-report-details-disturbing-allegations-sexual-harassment <p>The Legislative Ethics Commission released its report on the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez.&nbsp; It’s conclusions have New York City’s National Organization for Women calling for a vote of no confidence against the still-serving assemblyman, and the Republicans calling for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign. Thu, 16 May 2013 12:58:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37927 at http://wrvo.org Senate leader says he won't repeat mistakes made when passing gun control laws http://wrvo.org/post/senate-leader-says-he-wont-repeat-mistakes-made-when-passing-gun-control-laws <p>The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans says he regrets the way gun control legislation was rapidly approved earlier this year, and he hopes what he now says was a mistake won't be repeated at the end of the session. Mon, 06 May 2013 13:10:51 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37335 at http://wrvo.org Assembly hearing on fracking paints a dark picture http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-hearing-fracking-paints-dark-picture <p>Public commenting on the state’s revised hydrofracking regulations closed on Friday. Final regulations are due to be released at the end of February. The Democratic-controlled state assembly held a public hearing on Thursday that included some heated exchanges. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:53:58 +0000 Matt Richmond 31842 at http://wrvo.org Assembly hearing on fracking paints a dark picture Should Thruway Authority merge with transportation department? http://wrvo.org/post/should-thruway-authority-merge-transportation-department <p>The leader of the New York state Assembly Republicans is proposing to do away with the state’s Thruway Authority and merge it into the state Department of Transportation, in an attempt to avoid excessive toll hikes. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:00:15 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29976 at http://wrvo.org Incumbents real winners in NY legislative elections http://wrvo.org/post/incumbents-real-winners-ny-legislative-elections <p>The vast majority of incumbent state legislators were re-elected Tuesday night, upholding a decades-long Albany tradition. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 06:37:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 28780 at http://wrvo.org Stirpe reclaims Assembly seat from Miller http://wrvo.org/post/stirpe-reclaims-assembly-seat-miller <p>Democrat Al Stirpe is once again a New York State Assemblyman after defeating Republican Don Miller for a seat that was once Stirpe's. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:17:39 +0000 Ryan Delaney 28759 at http://wrvo.org Al Stirpe & Don Miller compete for Assembly again http://wrvo.org/post/al-stirpe-don-miller-compete-assembly-again <p>Everyone who votes on Tuesday in New York state will choose who will represent them in the state Assembly and Senate.&nbsp; Very few of those races are truly competitive, with many incumbents running unopposed or against candidates who have no chance of winning.&nbsp; The exception in central New York is the race for the newly created 127th Assembly district.. which is a rematch of a very close race two years ago. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 12:04:38 +0000 Ellen Abbott 28580 at http://wrvo.org Al Stirpe & Don Miller compete for Assembly again Patty Ritchie on cost of housing state parole violators in county jails http://wrvo.org/post/patty-ritchie-cost-housing-state-parole-violators-county-jails <p>Right now, county jails – and ultimately, local property taxpayers – are footing the bill for housing state parole violators while they wait for the state to pick them up. State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-Heuvelton) has proposed a solution to the problem.&nbsp; Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:12:22 +0000 Joanna Richards 27554 at http://wrvo.org Patty Ritchie on cost of housing state parole violators in county jails Don Miller on the Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/don-miller-campbell-conversations <p><font face="Calibri" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt">In his first term in the State Assembly, Republican Don Miller has been an outspoken and sometimes controversial crusader against taxes and spending in Albany, to the point of voting against his own party leadership. </span></font></p><p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:41:08 +0000 Grant Reeher 26835 at http://wrvo.org