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Meet the Candidates: NYS Senate 11th District

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

An introduction to two of the candidates running for New York State Senate in District 11, Queens: incumbent Tony Avella and challenger John Liu, former Comptroller.

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Senate Coalition Leaders Disagree Over Abortion Rights

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he’s strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo’s reproductive health act, saying it would lead to too many late term abortions. Pro choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the Senator’s interpretation.



Cuomo Says Strengthen Federal Gun Laws, Close State Loopholes

Monday, December 17, 2012

Governor Cuomo says federal gun laws need to be strengthened, and he says New York State’s assault weapons ban has loopholes that need to be closed.

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Cuomo Says He Won't Get in Middle of 'Intramural' Senate Fight

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo made it clear Wednesday that he continues to have no interest in inserting himself into what he described as an “intramural” political fight between senate Democratic factions.



Senate GOP Leader Dampens Expectations on Progressive Bills

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Senate Republicans dampened expectations Tuesday that the new governing coalition in the chamber would move quickly on progressive issues championed by Democrats, including a minimum wage increase and public financing of campaigns.



Klein: New Senate Coalition Can Be More Effective than Just Dems

Thursday, December 06, 2012

The new co- leader of the Senate, Senator Jeff Klein, says he knows the new coalition of five Democrats and around 30 Republicans will have to prove itself in the coming months and deliver on key pieces of legislation, but he says they stand a better chance of success than if just the Democrats alone were in charge of the Senate.



Cuomo Offers Conditional Support for Senate Coalition

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Governor Cuomo, who has maintained that he has stayed out of the Senate leadership fight, is now endorsing a newly formed coalition of Senate Republicans and five Democrats, but with some conditions.


The Empire

In Cuomo's tax reform package, sweetners for everyone

Monday, December 12, 2011

A small and mostly overlooked item in the tax reform package passed provides another example of how the Governor aimed to give everyone a stake in the passage of the tax reform bill last week.

Among the authorizations was $1 million to keep a foreclosure program funded. The main proponent of the program has been Senator Jeff Klein who leads the Independent Democratic Conference in the State Senate.

“This was a good first step that will help keep some of these vitally important programs running as many New Yorkers enter the holiday season not only facing the prospect of losing the American Dream, but also facing limited options for help during  foreclosure process,” Senator Klein said in a statement.

Klein went on to advocate for the program's inclusion in next year's budget. According to his office, the program prevented more than $1.9 billion in lost property value and property tax revenue over the past two years.

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