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Senate Takes Aim at De Blasio's Power Over Charters

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Senate leaders are seeking to protect charter schools in the state budget by giving them more funds, and by preventing Mayor Bill de Blasio from charging them rent to stay inside city public school buildings. Actions to help the charters appear to have some support from Governor Andrew Cuomo but the state's Assembly Speaker is not on board.

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Senate Leaders Propose Full Pre-K Funding for New York City, Minus the Tax Increase

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Legislative leaders in Albany appear to agree that Mayor Bill de Blasio won't get his tax plan to fund pre-kindergarten and after-school programs, but that he should get all of the money he was asking for.

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Mayor, Governor Push Competing Education Agendas

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Tuesday was education day in Albany, with dueling rallies and swarms of advocates lobbying state lawmakers for their support of universal pre-k and charter schools. 

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Assembly Leader Urges Senate to Pass Dream Act

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Assembly Democrats have approved a one house version of the Dream Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They're now urging the Senate to follow suit.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who calls the Dream Act a top priority, blamed opposition among Senate Republicans for ...

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Pressure Mounting to Halt Evaluations Tied to Common Core

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Getting blow-back from their constituents and teachers unions, state lawmakers are calling for a moratorium on any high-stakes decisions based on the new Common Core learning standards.

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Albany Dems Differ on How Far to Push for Pre-K

Monday, January 13, 2014

Education issues were hot topics in Albany on Monday as lawmakers sparred over the pre-K funding proposal for New York City and the state teachers' union pushed ahead with its effort to slow the implementation of the more demanding Common Core learning standards. 

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Silver Non-Committal on Tax Commission Plan

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, said he's encouraged by one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax commission proposals — to enact a circuit-breaker mechanism limiting the amount of property taxes paid by lower income New Yorkers. But he said he doesn't want to sacrifice money for schools in order to pay for tax cuts.

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Silver Should Step Down as Speaker: Q Poll

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

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A new Quinnipiac Poll found a majority of New York voters think Sheldon Silver should step down as speaker of the New York State Assembly.

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Speaker Silver Proposes Changes in Wake of Lopez Scandal

Monday, May 20, 2013

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he is taking new steps to prevent sexual harassment in the legislature, after coming under fire for his handling of complaints against former Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who resigned Monday.

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Cuomo Says Lopez Should be Expelled, Stops Short of Criticizing Speaker Silver

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the subject of a scathing ethics commission report on sexual harassment, to resign from office or be expelled.

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The Ways of Albany: Deals Behind Closed Doors, Votes in the Dark of Night

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The New York State Senate finished up voting on the state budget in a middle-of-the-night session that ended at 4:30 AM Wednesday. It's part of a long standing Albany tradition of closed door negotiations and overnight voting on budgets and other issues.

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Amendment to NY's Gun Law Under Discussion

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Senate Republicans have pressed for changes to the state’s strictest-in-the-nation gun control laws which were approved on January 14. They’d like to amend the law to once again allow for 10 bullets per magazine, as opposed to the 7-bullet limit under the new law.

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NY Progressives Push for Public Campaign Finances

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

A coalition of major labor unions, progressive political groups and good-government advocates is trying to push New York's Legislature to adopt public financing of campaigns. The effort, aimed at a likely special session after the elections, would be used as a national model.

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Silver Hangs On as Probes Continue

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s approval of a secret $103,000 settlement to resolve a sexual harassment allegation against Assemblyman Vito Lopez isn’t dimming his chances of re-election or weakening his grasp on the Assembly.

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Ripple Effect From Sexual Harassment Scandal Continues

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A sexual harassment payoff scandal continues to shake up Albany.

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Assembly Staffer Defends Speaker Silver By Posting Web Comments as a Woman

Monday, September 24, 2012

A New York State Assembly staffer has admitted he impersonated a woman who blogged to defend embattled Speaker Sheldon Silver. He'll be keeping his job, but with some restrictions.

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Assembly Releases Spending Doc that Shows Harassment Settlement

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The New York State Assembly released a list of its expenditures for the year thus far, which includes the $103,080 settlement in the Vito Lopez sexual harassment case.

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This Week in Politics: Gay Marriage Imperils GOP Senators, Vito Lopez Flexes Electoral Muscle

Saturday, September 15, 2012

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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 the region.

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Watchdog Group Pushes Ethics Board to Probe Reason for Silver's Secret Payout

Monday, September 10, 2012

A watchdog group is pushing the state ethics board to examine whether the influence of former Brooklyn heavyweight Assemblyman Vito Lopez was a factor in the decision to keep payouts to those who accused him of sexual harassment a secret.

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Special Prosecutor’s Probe Widens from Lopez Harassment to Silver Payout

Friday, September 07, 2012

A state judge on Friday opened up the scope of the investigation into the sexual harassment allegations leveled against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, including the payout settlement approved by Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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