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WNYC News

Two Tracks to Assisted Suicide

Thursday, March 05, 2015

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A lawsuit seeks to redefine physician-assisted suicide in New York as supporters predict an uncertain path for legislation.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Is Open to Pay Raise for Lawmakers, with Strings Attached

Monday, January 19, 2015

The governor says he wants to appoint a commission to consider raises based on how much outside income lawmakers earn.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

We (Almost?) Have An Albany Agenda

Friday, June 20, 2014

The legislative sessions goes one more day, as the Senate takes up medical marijuana this morning.  Jimmy Vielkind, Albany bureau chief for Capital New York, talks about last night's votes and what's still to come this morning, including what happened with lowering NYC's speed limit, teacher evaluations ... and the legalization of sparklers.

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WNYC News

Cuomo, Lawmakers Adopt Limited Public Campaign Finance for State Comptroller's Race

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed to a very limited form of campaign finance reform in the state budget, which would only apply to the State Comptroller’s race.

 

Advocates spent a million dollars on television ads and countless hours lobbying and holding demonstrations in favor of adopting a ...

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Cuomo Dampens Expectations on Gun Control Agreement

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One day after legislative leaders said they believed a deal was achievable and could come this week, Governor Cuomo now says there is no timeline, for when or if a deal on anti gun measures will be reached.

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WNYC News

The Real Winners in Legislative Elections: Incumbents

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The vast majority of incumbent state legislators were re-elected Tuesday night, upholding a decades-long Albany tradition.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ballot Initiatives 2012 Results

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Not only candidates appeared on ballots yesterday. Jennie Bowser, senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures, talks about the most significant state ballot initiatives of 2012.

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WNYC News

7 Races to Watch in the Thursday Primaries

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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Thursday is state legislative primary election day in New York, with Democrat and Republican voters headed to the polls to pick their candidates for the general election in November. Here are seven must-watch elections happening throughout New York.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Assemblyman Loses Post in Sex Harassment Case

Friday, August 24, 2012

An influential state assemblyman from Brooklyn has lost his committee chairmanship and seniority after the Assembly Committee on Ethics and Guidance found he violated the chamber's sexual harassment policy.

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The Empire

NY Legislature Has Noteworthy Session…for Lowest Number of Bills Passed

Monday, July 02, 2012

According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, the 2012 session resulted in 571 pieces of legislation approved by both houses of the legislature.  

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The Empire

State Lawmakers Agree to Crack Down on Domestic Violence Offenders

Monday, June 11, 2012

Law makers in Albany have come to an agreement on a series of bills aimed at combating domestic violence, including one that cracks down on repeat offenders.

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The Empire

10 Days Left, Many Legislative Issues Remain Unresolved

Monday, June 11, 2012

Lawmakers plan on leaving for the summer on June 21, but they continue to be gridlocked on some issues, such as raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, and offering tax breaks to small businesses as an incentive to create more jobs.

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The Empire

Assembly, Senate Leaders Disagree on Minimum Wage Bill, Both Claim Moral High Ground

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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.

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WNYC News

State Starts Hearings on Raising Minimum Wage

Monday, April 23, 2012

Supporters of a bill to raise New York’s minimum wage made their case to state lawmakers on Monday in Harlem, at a hearing called by Assemblyman Keith Wright. He and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are sponsoring legislation that would raise the minimum wage in New York to $8.50 an hour, up from $7.25.

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The Empire

As Albany Turns, Speaker Silver Thrives

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is no longer the top Democrat in New York politics. He faces the ambitious Gov. Andrew Cuomo who is closely allied with the state Senate's Republican majority. And Silver has mustered - with rare difficulty - votes that infuriated his base support among public employee unions.

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The Empire

Cuomo: State To Provide More Funds for Tropical Storm Costs

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the state will cover the local cost for recovery from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.

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Schoolbook

Albany Considering Limiting Release of Teacher Reports

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Anna M. Phillips reports in The New York Times on Tuesday that legislators are increasingly open to the idea of allowing parents to see the evaluations of their child's teacher, but not releasing those reports generally.

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The Empire

All Sides Lawyer Up for 63rd NY Senate Seat

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has retained his former top aide's new law firm for the court fight over the proposed addition of a state Senate seat. The Senate and Assembly majorities have also retained private lawyers.

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It's A Free Country ®

Assemblyman Jeffries on the Albany Finals

Monday, June 20, 2011

If we are going to permit marriage equality for same sex couples, it seems to me somewhat problematic if we're then going to turn around and impose restrictions on the ability for those same sex married couples to raise children looking for a loving home.

— New York State Assemblyman representing central Brooklyn Hakeem Jeffries (D-57) on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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