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Dean Skelos

City Hall - New York, NY - Oct 23, 2008 - Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

NYC Clerk Prepares Gender-Neutral Marriage Forms For Possible Gay Marriage Legalization

The current form asks for one bride’s name and one groom’s name. The gender-neutral versions would allow each person to choose whether he or she is a bride, groom or spouse.

06/17/2011

View of the Senate Chamber during a session of the New York state Senate at the Capitol in Albany. (credit: AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Democrat-Led Assembly Passes NY Gay Marriage Bill; Measure Must Still Clear Senate

A critical vote by the state Senate could take place this week if the chamber’s Republican majority brings the measure to the floor.

06/15/2011

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Legislature Can Veto Probes Under New Ethics Deal

The new ethics law agreement in scandal-scarred Albany includes a provision that would allow the Legislature to veto investigations of its own members within the same party. Good-government groups, however, said the overall proposal is still potentially a vast improvement.

06/07/2011

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: Mike Groll/AP)

Sources: Governor Cuomo Strikes Ethics Deal With Albany Leaders

The tentative agreement, struck Thursday, was scheduled to be announced as early as Friday, three people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

06/02/2011

Gay Marriage (file / credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Believes NY Legislature Could Pass Gay Marriage This Year

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, closely allied with the Senate Republican majority that once blocked gay marriage, said he’s now optimistic it will be legalized in New York.

05/04/2011

New York State Legislature

Threatening ‘Time To Kill’ E-mails Sent To Many N.Y. Lawmakers

New York State Police are investigating threatening e-mails sent to a number of politicians, including Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

04/01/2011

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo, Legislature Agree To Tentative $133B Budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sealing a deal with the Legislature on a tentative $132.5 billion state budget that would be historic for its spending cuts as well as its timeliness.

03/27/2011

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: AP Photo/Mike Groll, Pool)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo: No Deal Yet, Budget Talks To Continue

“Until you have total agreement, you have no agreement,” Cuomo said Friday. “That’s how this works. And we don’t have an agreement.”

03/25/2011

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Legislature: On-time New York Budget Deal Within Days

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wouldn’t say how much of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed cut to school funding would be restored in the budget. He would only say “some.”

03/24/2011

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo-Legislature Showdown Could Lead To NYS Shutdown

Days before one of New York’s toughest-ever state budgets is due, protests over education and social services cuts persisted and the governor warned that the government could shut down.

03/23/2011

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: AP Photo/Mike Groll, Pool)

NY Leaders To Meet For State Budget Talks

Thursday’s meeting will include the Democratic governor, Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assembly Republican leader Brian Kolb and Senate Democratic leader John Sampson.

03/17/2011

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

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is seen at Gracie Mansion - New York, NY - Jun 17, 2010 - Photo: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Historic House Trust of New York City

Koch: GOP Senate Punts On Redistricting Reform

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch said the state Senate’s Republican majority was “dishonorable” for putting off the critical redistricting reform they promised in last fall’s election.

03/01/2011

School Desks - File / Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

State Says Most NY Schools Have Funds To Cover Cuts

A state report says as many as 74 percent of school districts outside NYC appear to have enough funds in reserve to pay for the historic aid cuts proposed by Gov. Cuomo.

02/09/2011

Traffic is seen on 42nd Street - New York, NY - Jan 27, 2011 - Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Skelos Pledges To Block Congestion Pricing

With an old proposal back with a new name, a powerful New York State lawmaker is pledging to block it’s revival.

01/28/2011

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