New York State Legislature

8:58am

Wed February 27, 2013
Politics and Government

State Assembly proposes to ban fracking for another year

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is one of the sponsors of a bill to ban fracking in New York state at least until May of next year.

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9:55am

Fri February 22, 2013
Politics

Advocates say public financing of campaigns could close corporate tax loopholes

A group pressing for public campaign financing has compiled a list of large corporations who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to some New York lawmakers. They charge that the donations are preventing the legislature from closing what they say are corporate tax loopholes.

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6:31pm

Sun January 20, 2013
Politics and Government

Bill Fitzpatrick on the Campbell Conversations

This week the State legislature passed and the governor signed into law a far-reaching set of prohibitions, restrictions, and tracking mechanisms regarding guns, making New York the first state to change its policies in reaction to the Sandy Hook school shootings.

In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick discusses how effective some of the provisions could be, some possible problems with their implementation, and which ones might be overturned through subsequent court challenge.

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5:42pm

Tue January 15, 2013
Politics and Government

New York has toughest gun control law in nation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs gun control bill into law Tuesday
Karen DeWitt/WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo swiftly signed New York’s new sweeping anti-gun measures into law, just minutes after the Assembly finished an over four-hour long debate and voted for the bills.  

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1:32pm

Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Gun control deal close in Albany

New details are emerging on gun control legislation that lawmakers say could be passed as early as today.

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7:51am

Fri December 21, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo, legislature talk about gun control legislation

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in talks with legislative leaders on a gun control package that he could introduce as part of his State of the State message on January 9.

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4:33pm

Fri December 14, 2012
Regional Coverage

NY leaders react to Newtown shooting, call for gun measures

Governor Andrew Cuomo is pledging to work for gun control in the wake of the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown Connecticut, calling it “yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns.”

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5:42am

Tue November 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Advocates urge minimum wage hike

Advocates rally at the state Capitol against hunger and for a minimum wage hike
Karen DeWitt/WRVO

Advocates for a minimum wage hike rallied at the state Capitol Monday, amid growing signals that there might not be a special session to deal with the issue, or any items at all this year.

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10:43am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Democrats appear to have taken control of State Senate

Wallyg via Flickr

Democrats appear to have taken over the State Senate, by a narrow margin. Some races were still being tallied, and others may be headed to a recount.

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10:34am

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo says do the "people's business" before pay raise

Governor Andrew Cuomo says if state lawmakers are looking for a pay raise in a post election session, they will have to accomplish some items on his agenda first.

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9:26am

Thu October 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Environmental group flunks state lawmakers

An environmental group, out with its annual voters’ guide, is grading state lawmakers harshly this year.

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4:08pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Education

New school year brings new anti-bullying law

As students settle into the new school year, the first phase of a new statewide anti-bullying law is already in place. More children will now be protected, and more will be required of school districts.

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9:18am

Thu August 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cuomo says he'll focus on gun control

Governor Andrew Cuomo says curbing gun violence will be a priority in the next legislative session.

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10:39am

Wed July 25, 2012
Politics

Parties shy away from challenging incumbent lawmakers

It can be tough to unseat an incumbent lawmaker in New York.

That's why both parties are having a tough time this year finding people to run for the state Legislature.

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7:24am

Fri July 20, 2012
Education

Special Education bill creates controversy

A little-publicized bill affecting special education was passed at the end of the New York state legislative session. While supporters feel it would benefit these students, school officials are worried about the precedent it might set.

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9:32am

Fri July 6, 2012
Education

SUNY considers high school exam to test college readiness

The State University of New York is looking to stem the tide of students who arrive at college unprepared.

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5:29pm

Fri June 22, 2012
Education

State legislature approves Cuomo's teacher evaluation plan

Thomas Favre-Bulle via Flickr

Cuomo’s proposal to make teacher evaluations public will become law, now that the Senate and Assembly passed the measure on the final day of the legislative session.

Senate Republicans, after a closed door meeting, agreed to take up Gov. Cuomo’s bill to make all evaluations public, without names attached.

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6:00am

Tue May 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Despite positive views of lawmakers, New Yorkers don't want to see a pay raise

A new Siena College poll finds that New Yorkers are starting to feel more positive about the state legislature- but they still don’t want to see Senators and Assembly members receive a pay raise.

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6:01am

Thu March 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo, Legislative leaders reach agreement on redistricting, other issues

The New York Senate and Assembly have approved new district lines, as Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced agreement on a number of other unrelated issues, including expansion of the state’s DNA data base, pension reform, and an amendment to allow more gambling in New York.  

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7:15am

Thu February 16, 2012
Politics and Government

State Senate leader says bill to hold state primary in June will not pass

The Leader of the State Senate says an Assembly bill to hold state legislative primaries on June 26th is dead on arrival in his house, making it more likely that the state will hold three separate primaries this year.

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7:41am

Fri January 27, 2012
Politics and Government

State Legislature releases redistricted lines, Democrats not happy

The New York State legislature’s proposed redistricted lines have been finally been released to the public. The plans for Senate districts are drawing the most fire,  for the addition of a newly created 63rd district and configurations that pit some incumbent minority party Democrats against one another.

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7:45am

Tue January 10, 2012
Politics and Government

State Legislature spends first day of session working on bi-partisan bill

The New York State legislature, on its first official day of business, acted in a show of bi- partisanship, to divest the state of investments in Iran, but Democrats and Republicans in the Senate continue to argue over redistricting. 

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