Mayor Bill de Blasio declared today in his State of the City address that he will urge state lawmakers to grant New York City the power to raise its own minimum wage, setting up yet another struggle between progressives and right-leaning lawmakers in the state.
This campaign, however, could face even more resistance in Albany than Mr. de Blasio’s plan to hike taxes on the rich to fund universal prekindergarten, experts say.
Riding high on optimism, State Senator Liz Krueger and a bevy of Democratic pols began a public push today to legalize and tax marijuana in New York State.
Ms. Krueger will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot in the State Senate, beginning an uphill battle that could pit her against Republicans, who partially control the Senate chamber, and possibly Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
State Senator Malcolm Smith may be facing federal corruption charges, but LL Cool J is cool with it.
The 90s heart-throb, rapper and star of NCIS: Los Angeles returned to his childhood neighborhood in southeast Queens yesterday to co-host a basketball tournament with the indicted pol, who recently pleaded not-guilty to federal corruption charges for allegedly orchestrating an elaborate scheme to get himself elected mayor.
“The beauty about the American system is that you’re innocent ’til proven guilty,” the rapper told Politicker as he greeted excited fans at the annual basketball event when asked about the scandal.
Republicans in the state Senate rejected Governor Cuomo’s laudable proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. They will now go back to their suburban and rural districts and brag about how tough they are. Their toughness will now consign hundreds, perhaps thousands, of young people to the not-very-tender mercies of the criminal justice system. Nice work, senators.
Senate Republicans are now available for “face-to-face, from anywhere in the state, or indeed, the world” because, their press office says they are now using Skype.
I just tested it, and it seems to work. So, who should I Skype with and what should I ask? Read More
Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker is slated to be sentenced at the Brooklyn Supreme Court on Monday.
Parker was found guilty of two misdemeanors in December for assaulting a photographer from the New York Post.
He faces up to a year in jail, but if he is sentenced to prison time he is Read More
Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger surrendered to authorities only this morning, but already the talk in political circles is over who will replace him.
In several conversations with Brooklyn pols and political insiders the names that emerge most frequently are City Council member Lew Fidler and Igor Oberman, an administrative law judge who works part Read More
As Governor Andrew Cuomo is about to find out, it takes guts to break the mold in Albany. That’s why a recent move by four Democratic state senators deserves admiration and congratulations.
Last week state senators Jeffrey D. Klein of the Bronx, Diane Savino of Staten Island, David Carlucci of Rockland County and David Valesky Read More
State Senate Watch
Gustavo Rivera, the former Gillibrand aide who is trying to take out coup-instigating state Senator Pedro Espada up in the Bronx has sent a letter to the Civil Rights division at the Department of Justice calling on them to send federal election observers to the Bronx on Primary Day next week.
Writes Rivera: Read More
Anna Lewis, an attorney with the Health Department who is battling for the state Senate seat that attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman is vacating, is making a major push to make the race about gay marriage.
Her campaign is just out with a release on the matter, and her latest mailer (designed by Michael Oliva) Read More