A hearing by New York Senate Democrats explored the influence of the controversial lobby group known as ALEC in New York State. Those who testified say more light needs to shine on the secretive group and even urged the state ethics commission to start an investigation.
Former Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch has been called a Renaissance Man, and Mr. Fix-It.
He was intimately involved in the fiscal turnaround for New York City during the 1970s and 1980s, and in 2009 Governor Paterson named him as Lieutenant Governor in the hopes that he could improve the state’s budget process.
Now, he’s chairing Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s Municipal Financial Advisory Board, to advise the mayor on dealing with the city’s fiscal problems.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana found during police searches, to fix what he says is a “blatant inconsistency” in New York City’s controversial stop and frisk policy.
Governor Cuomo says New York City’s stop and frisk police procedure has unfairly led to the arrest of thousands of mainly young black and Hispanic men who were caught with possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The arrests often lead to criminal records with lifelong consequences that can prevent the young person from getting college aid, or living in public housing.
Becoming co-chair of the Democratic Party in New York state will allow Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner to do more of what she already does. Miner is expected to be elected co-chair of the party when members meet this week.
When the Manlius Swans had their eggs destroyed, there were numerous calls and letters demanding justice.
When 20-month-old Rashad Walker, Jr. was shot and killed in an apparent gang-related attack, there was silence.
What does this say about the state of gang violence in the Syracuse area, and the community's numbness - or fear - regarding it? Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick wrestles with this question, and also comments on some of the recent conflicts his office has had with other local public officials.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for the U.S. Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
The proposed legislation would hold employers accountable for pay inequity among women employees. It would also make it easier for workers to pursue back pay and help women negotiate for higher salaries.
Democrats in the State Assembly approved a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage.
The Republican leader of the State Senate offered a spirited defense of his position opposing the measure, but did not rule the issue out altogether.
Democrats in the Assembly approved a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who has championed the measure, calls it a “moral imperative”.
“It is, I keep saying it, a moral issue,” said Silver.