Beating Up Albany
John Flanagan, a Republican states Senator from Long Island who is eyeing a run for attorney general, is talking about how “we have to really radically change the way we’re doing business.”
Sounding like a candidate. Read More
Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat is also calling for State Senator Hiram Monserrate to resign, but said it is a “point of weakness” that the Inquisition Panel formed last week to ponder charges against him contains no Latino members.
“Given what has happened, Senator Monserrate is no longer able to effectively serve his constituents, or the Read More
Andrew Cuomo was joined by four
Senate Democrats Senators this morning on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse, where they unveiled a plan to create a 13-member board to oversee the state pension fund, a change from the current structure which is under the supervision of the state comptroller, Tom DiNapoli.
“People who want to Read More
ALBANY—The State Senate decided, on ethics reform, that no loaf was better than half.
Members of the chamber failed–along party lines, with Republicans voting against–to pass a bill requiring more enforcement by government watchdogs, prompting Democrats to lay aside another bill passed by the Assembly.
On the chamber floor, Republicans attacked a chapter amendment introduced Read More
ALBANY—Judge Thomas McNamara is back, and he still doesn't want to get involved in the State Senate leadership struggle.
After hearing an argument from Republican attorney Jack Casey, who filed a motion on behalf of State Senators George Winner and John Flanagan, McNamara declined to sign a temporary restraining Read More
ALBANY—Republicans have started formally making their case against the M.T.A. bailout bill, voicing objections for the record that will not, barring some unforeseen act, affect its final passage.
In the State Senate, Democrats Martin Malave Dilan and Bill Perkins answered questions as best they could. Dilan weathered the most blistering of the Republican Read More
ALBANY—At this rate, the State Senate might not finish today.
The chamber is hearing the third of nine bills comprising the state budget, and after two hours Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein moved to close debate. Senators have spent the last forty minutes debating whether to do that.
"I am deeply concerned with Read More
About a year ago, reform of the state’s public authorities came close to a reality before legislation talks broke down in Albany, and now, with state legislators set to adjourn for the summer on June 23, Newsday has an editorial calling for reform once again.
Critics of authorities, semi-independent state agencies like Read More
After the death the death of Eliot Spitzer’s plan to give undocumented residents driver’s licenses, the new debate is about who’s to blame for the way things turned out.
During a roundtable discussion with legislators on Inside City Hall, Democratic Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr. of the Bronx said it was Spitzer’s Read More
In an effort to stanch the bleeding on the Republican side of the State Senate, Joe Bruno may be trying to dissuade some of his colleagues from leaping into the packed pool of pols seeking the GOP’s gubernatorial nod.
“Bruno is believed to be trying to persuade the four governor wannabes (Long Islanders Read More