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Lawmakers Hammering Out Deal On Pre-K Funding For N.Y. State Budget

New York state legislative leaders said Wednesday they were closing in on a deal to fund pre-kindergarten, and discussing a delay to Common Core academic standards as they tried to finalize budget bills this week.

03/26/2014

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Cuomo, Lawmakers Negotiate On Pre-K, Property Tax Relief For State Budget

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders negotiated over property tax relief, charter schools and prekindergarten funding Monday – with a budget deadline looming in a week.

03/24/2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio (Credit: Governor's Office; (file/credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Sources: Cuomo Could Overrule de Blasio In Charter School Battle

Mayor Bill de Blasio is being pressured by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to settle his fight with charter school operators. According to sources, if he doesn’t the governor is threatening to settle the issue himself.

03/21/2014

Bill de Blasio Universal Pre-K press conference Jan. 6, 2014 (Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

De Blasio Heads To Albany, Mounts Charm Offensive Against Legislature

A week on the job and Mayor Bill de Blasio took his bully pulpit to the state capital on Wednesday to show that as far as the Legislature is concerned, he is the anti-Mike Bloomberg.

01/08/2014

New York State Capitol in Albany (file / credit: Steve Scott / WCBS 880)

Harassment Allegations Against Assemblyman Cause Political Ripple

A Brooklyn City Council candidate has called for an investigation into New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), after another scandal involving his opponent was discovered.

07/24/2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, LIPA Crews (credit: CBS 2)

Legislators Tentatively Back Cuomo’s Plan To Do Away With LIPA

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received tentative support from legislative leaders Monday for his plan to finally sideline the Long Island Power Authority, which has been criticized for high rates and questionable response in disasters — most infamously including Superstorm Sandy.

05/13/2013

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Cuomo Opposes Ending Tax Break For Madison Square Garden

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said Tuesday they will not be ending a tax break enjoyed for three decades by Madison Square Garden.

04/16/2013

New York State Capitol in Albany (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

N.Y. State Assembly Votes To Increase Minimum Wage

The New York State Assembly approved a bill Tuesday night that would increase the minimum wage to $9 hour and provide for automatic further increases tied to inflation.

03/05/2013

Illegal Guns from a bust in New York City (file / credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Silver: ‘We Are Going To Ban Assault Weapons’

The New York State Legislature was poised Tuesday to pass the first gun control measure following the Newtown school massacre. This as the vice president was set to unveil federal proposals to end gun violence later in the day.

01/14/2013

The NYPD says these four are wanted for questioning in the shooting death of Raphael Ward. (credit: NYPD)

Police Release Video Of ‘Persons Of Interest’ In Killing Of 16-Year-Old On Lower East Side

Investigators believe Raphael Ward was shot after refusing to hand over his trendy winter coat, according to published reports.

01/07/2013

About 15 men gathered on the steps of City Hall in New York City demanding state Assemblyman Vito Lopez resign on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Activists Call On Assemblyman Lopez To Resign Over Sex Harassment Allegations

An ethics panel ruled that Brooklyn power broker Vito Lopez sexually harassed several female staffers. Now, many say it’s time for the assemblyman to leave office.

09/05/2012

Vito Lopez

Assemblyman Vito Lopez Expresses Contempt For ‘Politically Motivated’ Allegations

The powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly says he did not cover up a sex harassment case. After a week of silence, Sheldon Silver spoke out Tuesday. This as a state ethics watchdog appears to be starting up an investigation.

09/04/2012

Vito Lopez

Powerful Brooklyn Democrat Vito Lopez Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic Leader Vito Lopez has been censured, stripped of his committee chairmanship and barred from employing young people.

08/24/2012

Law enforcement stands near the covered body of a suspected shooter on 5th Ave. near the Empire State Building August 24, 2012. (credit: Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)

Local Leaders React To Fatal Shooting Near Empire State Building

The incident, which comes less than two weeks after a knife-wielding man was shot dead by police in Times Square, is prompting some local leaders to call for stricter gun law

08/24/2012

Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer (Photo/Getty Images/AFP)

New York Senators Schumer, Gillibrand Support Increase To Federal Minimum Wage

The National Employment Law Project praises the proposal, saying that it would trigger a rise in the minimum wage for 1 million New Yorkers. The efforts come as the number of Americans in poverty are rising and wages are mostly stagnant.

07/29/2012

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