— New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has made clear that clerks who do not wish to perform same-sex marriages should find other work. This Sunday, when same-sex couples statewide line up for the first day, clerks will perform the service that they were elected to do.
"You don't get to say, 'I like this law and I'll enforce this law, or I don't like this law and I won't enforce this law'—you can't do that.” Cuomo stated. “If you can't enforce the law, then you shouldn't be in that position."
— Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street and JStreetPAC and the author of A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Rupert Murdoch clearly has had tremendous political influence in Europe, but here in the United States politicians have not been immune to his power either.
Newly released Census data makes it possible for New York's prisoners to be counted at their home address rather than their jail cell. But internal divisions in the state redistricting committee and a lingering lawsuit leave the reapportionment process in doubt.
Jesus Gonzalez wants to buck the power structure in Brooklyn.
The 26-year-old co-founder of Make the Road is running for the 54th Assembly seat in Bushwick—a seat left vacant when Andrew Cuomo appointed Darryl Towns to serve as commissioner of the Department of Homes and Community Renewal. The 54th Assembly District includes a southern section of Bushwick, a northeastern part of Bed-Stuy, and a large part of East New York.
The debt ceiling! We've all heard about. Many of us have spoken about it. But what the heck is it? Why does it matter? What can be done about it?
It's A Free Country has all the answers:
— Nan Hayworth, Congress Member (R-NY-19), on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Queens Democratic party leader Congressman Joe Crowley flatly denied a report that his primary residence is in a Washington, D.C., suburb and not in his home district.
Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin said he wasn't chosen to be a placeholder when he was selected by Democrats to run for the seat left vacant by disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, a position that may face elimination under redistricting.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker did not submit a 2011 city budget to the Municipal Council as planned on Thursday because of an administrative hiccup, according to Newark City business administrator Julien Neals.
Democratic leaders from Queens and Brooklyn named their nominee for the 9th Congressional District seat today, picking Assemblyman David Weprin to run against the Republican nominee in the September 13th special election to replace former Representative Anthony Weiner. While the nomination is not yet official, a party official confirmed that Weprin will be the nominee.
As the fight over the debt limit rages on in DC, some have been questioning whether the whole concept of a debt limit might not be unconstitutional. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has implied that President Obama might be able to push through an extension of the debt ceiling based on an interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment.