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Minimum Wage Hike is Up While Cuomo's Ratings Are Down in New Siena Poll

Monday, May 14, 2012

Voters support increasing the state’s minimum wage and are wary of the current campaign finance proposal, while the Cuomo popularity bubble loses a little air and the state legislature gets its best marks in years a new poll by Siena Research Institute finds.

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This Week in Politics: Presidential Visit, Polls and Pedro Espada

Friday, May 11, 2012

On This Week in Politics, WNYC political reporters run down some of the top political stories from the week that was, providing insight and analysis on local, state and national political issues that touch New Yorkers.

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Trying to Reach Partial Verdict, Espada Jury Continues Deliberations

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A day after declaring themselves deadlocked, jurors in the Pedro Espada, Jr. corruption case were back deliberating for a ninth day — asking the court for articles of evidence and requesting the judge clarify how voting might work for a partial verdict.

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Kelly Lags Behind Leading Democratic Mayoral Candidates: Poll

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has been an earlier leader in the polls for mayor. But a new Quinnipiac University survey finds Kelly behind the top three Democratic contenders in head-to-head match ups.

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Deadlocked Jury May Lead to Mistrial in Espada Corruption Case

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The jury in the federal corruption trial of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. will head back to court Thursday for one last try at reaching an agreement on any of the charges facing Espada and his son, Pedro G. Espada. The jurors sent a note to the judge on Wednesday saying they "could not arrive at a unanimous decision concerning the defendants."

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Machine Casts Phantom Votes in the Bronx, Invalidating Real Ones: Report

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

A machine malfunction that caused phantom votes led votes to go uncounted in the 2010 elections in the South Bronx, according to a new report.

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Espada Jury Appears Deadlocked

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

After more than a week of deliberations, the jury in the corruption trial of former state senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his son appears to be deadlocked. The two are accused of siphoning off hundreds of thousands of dollars from a charitable health clinic for personal gain.

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NY GOP Wants Credit for Albany Chip Boom

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Former and current state elected officials spent a good amount of time arguing over who should get credit for the nanotech facility visited by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. The person who was basking in the glow of recognition--Governor Andrew Cuomo--went largely unmentioned for his narrative grab on the issue, in another example of how politically untouchable the governor has become.

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Mayor Bloomberg Answers Stanford U Critics

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his administration's handling of applications to build a new applied science campus in New York City.

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What Cuomo Gains from Obama's Albany Visit

Monday, May 07, 2012

When Governor Andrew Cuomo takes the stage with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, both men will be looking for a boost, say political observers who see nothing but positives for New York's governor.

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Cuomo Proposes More Protections for Disabled

Monday, May 07, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed better protections for about a million New Yorkers with disabilities and special needs under state-funded care through a new agency with authority to monitor the system and investigate and prosecute abuse claims.

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Timeline | Pedro Espada's Long Dance with the Law

Monday, May 07, 2012

Former state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada is currently facing charges that he looted around a half million dollars from the nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network, but it is far from the first time the politician has had brushes with the law. WNYC created an interactive look back at Espada's fraught history with the rules dating back to 2000.

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Without Cuomo Push, DREAM Act Stalls in the Senate

Friday, May 04, 2012

As we saw with campaign finance, the Republican-controlled state Senate may be the place where issues close to Democrats' hearts, like the DREAM fund, go to die.

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Disgraced Ex-NY Senator Hiram Monserrate Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

Friday, May 04, 2012

A disgraced New York politician accused of using taxpayer money to fund his 2006 campaign has pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez Robocalls for Meng in Queens

Friday, May 04, 2012

Latino voters in the new 6th Congressional district in Queens are getting robocalled by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez starting today, urging them to vote for Assemblywoman Grace Meng in the June 26 primary.

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Senate Democrats Push Republicans on Women's Issues

Friday, May 04, 2012

In a letter signed by female Democratic state senators to the senate's Republican majority leader, Dean Skelos, Senate Democrats accuse their Republican colleagues of waging the "war on women" here in New York.

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NYS Catholic Bishops Push Min Wage Increase

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the New York State Catholic Conference called on lawmakers in Albany on Thursday to pass, “a modest increase” in the state’s minimum wage, currently set at $7.25.

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Former NY Senate Leader Bruno Re-Indicted

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The former New York Senate majority leader faces new federal fraud charges after his earlier convictions were overturned last year.

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State's Highest Court OK's 63-Seat State Senate

Thursday, May 03, 2012

In a unanimous decision, New York State's highest court on Thursday upheld Senate Republicans’ plans for a 63-seat chamber, removing one of the last remaining hurdles to the redistricting deal struck by state legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Note Indicates Clashes Among Jurors in Espada Corruption Trial

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Arguing among the jurors deliberating on federal corruption trial of former state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada has escalated to the point where the judge in the case has decided to speak with one of the jurors, court house sources confirm.

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