Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

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

Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver speaks to members of the media in the State Capitol March 12, 2008 in Albany, New York. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

NY Lawmakers To Consider Raising Minimum Wage To $8.50 An Hour

Minimum wage workers haven’t seen a pay increase in three years. That could soon change, since State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reportedly plans to introduce a bill today, raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50.

01/30/2012

The New York State Senate chamber, as seen on June 16, 2011 in Albany. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

New York Middle Class Tax Cut Legislation Passes

State lawmakers have made a tax cut deal reality. Albany lawmakers passed a bill that cuts taxes for the middle class but makes millionaires pay a whole lot more.

12/07/2011

New York Senate

Wednesday Appears To Be D-Day For Gay Marriage In New York

The 32 Republicans meeting will decide, maybe as soon as Wednesday, whether to send a bill approving same-sex marriage to the floor for a full vote.

06/21/2011

Protesters for and against the same-sex marriage bill protest in the halls at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Monday, June 20, 2011. (credit: Hans Pennink/AP)

Religious Protections At Center Of N.Y. Senate Gay Marriage Debate

There was marriage drama in Albany on Monday. A high-powered meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers, ended with same-sex marriage in New York still stuck at the altar.

06/20/2011

Renters rally in Brooklyn. (credit: Marla Diamond, WCBS 880)

NYC Rent Control Law Expires After Lawmakers Engage In ‘Worst Of Political Games’

Late Wednesday night, the state Senate failed to extend the New York City rent control law until Friday, leaving more than 1 million tenants temporarily no longer protected by the 1946 law.

06/16/2011

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo Won’t Join Dolan, Catholic Leaders At Conference

New York’s archbishop and dozens of other bishops from across New York State will head to a state Catholic conference in Albany, but they won’t be joined by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

03/06/2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Credit: Mary Altaffer-Pool/Getty Images); Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Bloomberg, Cuomo Will Work Together On Teacher Seniority

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bloomberg, a day after their public clash over a teacher evaluation system to determine layoffs, said Thursday they are now working together.

03/03/2011

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Bill Would Allow NYC to Regulate Bargain Buses

Companies such as Megabus and BoltBus offer rides between New York City and Boston for as low as one dollar, but critics complain they clog city streets in Midtown and Chinatown.

02/04/2011

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Legislature Plans Changes To Cuomo’s Tax Cap Idea

New York’s Legislature has started reshaping some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s key proposals.

01/10/2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo Moves First Big Speech To Convention Center

Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo has shifted the venue for his first major policy speech from the state Assembly chamber to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, roughly doubling the capacity with about 1,000 more seats.

12/29/2010

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