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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (credit: Getty Images)

Sen. Gillibrand Urges Congress To Pass Paid Family Leave Legislation

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined parents and business owners outside of her Manhattan office on Sunday, and urged Congress to pass federal legislation that would create paid maternity leave.

05/18/2014

Tappan Zee Bridge as seen from Chopper 880 on May 13, 2014. (Photo by Tom Kaminski, WCBS Newsradio 880)

Obama Announces Infrastructure Plan During Tappan Zee Bridge Speech

President Barack Obama visited the Tappan Zee Bridge on Wednesday as he announced a series of measures aimed at improving the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

05/14/2014

Charter School (credit: CBS 2)

Rep. Cantor Visits Bronx Charter School As Debate Over Public Schools Continues

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) met with students, parents and teachers at the Bronx Charter School for Excellence on Monday.

05/12/2014

bulletproof vest (Credit: Clipart)

Sen. Schumer Backs Bulletproof Vests Legislation

Schumer told reporters on Wednesday that he’s in support of a bill that would increase funding for a federal grant program that reimburses local departments for the cost of the vests.

05/07/2014

Tollbooth (file/credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Conn. Lawmaker Wants To Impose Tolls On Interstates To Raise Infrastructure Revenues

The U.S. Department of Transportation secretary has said federal funds are nearly tapped out. Rep. Tony Guerrera said the gas tax alone is no longer enough to fund road repairs as car become more fuel efficient.

05/06/2014

People board an Amtrak train at Penn Station (file/credit: Getty Images)

Amtrak Seeks To Reinvest Northeast Corridor Revenues Into Rail Line In New Budget

Amtrak has big plans to improve service on the Northeast Corridor, but said Congress has to get on board first.

03/19/2014

Cyclists ride from Newtown, Conn. to Washington D.C. on March 8, 2014 (Credit: Gary Baumgarten/1010 WINS)

Cyclists Head From Newtown To D.C. In Continued Call For Stronger Gun Legislation

The group is headed to D.C. in an attempt to convince members of Congress that it’s time for stronger gun legislation in the United States.

03/08/2014

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (credit: carolynmccarthy.house.gov)

Ex-Lawmaker Bruce Blakeman Running For McCarthy’s Congressional Seat On LI

The Republican was joined by dozens of supporters, including Rep. Peter King, as he announced his candidacy Thursday in Valley Stream.

02/20/2014

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) (file/credit: holt.house.gov)

Rep. Rush Holt Announces Retirement At End Of Term

Holt, 65, ran for the U.S. Senate last year to fill the seat left vacant by Sen. Frank Lautenberg but lost in the primary to Cory Booker.

02/18/2014

Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) has announced he's retiring from Congress after 23 years in office. (credit: andrews.house.gov)

12-Term South Jersey Rep. Andrews Announces Resignation

The 56-year-old is leaving the Capitol on Feb. 18. He intends to join a law firm with offices in Washington. He says the job just opened and he “had to make a decision this weekend.”

02/04/2014

FILE - President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama: ‘America Does Not Stand Still – And Neither Will I’

Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor.

01/28/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers a speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2014. (credit: usmayors.org/82ndWinterMeeting/)

De Blasio Slams Congress In Speech At Mayor’s Conference

De Blasio also described President Barack Obama as a champion of the nation’s cities.

01/23/2014

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (second from right) with his longtime partner Randy Florke and their three adopted children. (credit: Facebook/Rep. Sean Maloney)

Putnam County Congressman Announces Engagement To Longtime Partner

The freshman congressman will be the second member of Congress married to a same-sex partner. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., is also married. Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., became the first sitting member of Congress to marry his partner in 2012.

01/14/2014

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (credit: carolynmccarthy.house.gov)

Rep. McCarthy Announces Plan To Retire From Congress At End Of Term

McCarthy, a lifelong resident of Mineola, was first elected to Congress in 1996. She has been a staunch gun control advocate since her husband was killed and her son was seriously wounded in the Dec. 7, 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre.

01/08/2014

Passengers wait to board a Metro-North train (file/credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Conn. Lawmakers Work To Restore Expired Commuter Tax Benefit

When the benefit ended Dec. 31, the amount commuters can set aside to pay for their public transit costs before taxes decreased from $245 a month to $130.

01/06/2014

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