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

GOP, Independent Democrats Take Control Of New York State Senate

Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference on Tuesday struck a deal to take control of the Senate in an unprecedented power-sharing deal.

12/04/2012

New York Senate (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Democratic State Sen.-Elect Felder To Sit With GOP In Albany

New York State Senator-elect Simcha Felder is a Democrat, but has decided to serve with the Republican conference when his term begins.

11/13/2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters - New Rochelle, NY - May 10, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

If Deal Goes Through, N.Y. Parents Will See Job Evaluation Of Teachers For First Time

New York parents will see for the first time the job evaluations of the teachers who instruct their children under a deal expected soon. Parents won’t get a detailed performance review, but rather broad categories such as “highly effective” and “ineffective.”

06/16/2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (L); Sen. Dean Skelos (R) (credit: Getty Images)

Sen. Skelos Says Cuomo’s Pot Proposal Won’t Pass His Chamber

Sen. Skelos, a Long Island Republican, said it’s wrong to downgrade punishment to a simple violation for having up to 25 grams of marijuana in the open.

06/06/2012

Leiby Kletzky (credit: leibykletzkymemorialfund.com)

Pilot Program Named After Leiby Kletzky To Put Security Cameras In Borough Park, Flatbush

The $1 million pilot program funded by a grant from State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos will purchase about 150 security cameras, to be placed in the Borough Park and Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

05/20/2012

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos  (credit: Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images, FILE)

New York Officials Say Higher Minimum Wage Proposal Is Dead

The Assembly’s Democratic majority plans to pass its version of the bill Tuesday, but Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos said the measure won’t reach the Senate floor.

05/14/2012

Lawmakers Blast Gov Cuomo’s Budget Proposal

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is blasting a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would allow the governor to reallocate funding approved by the Legislature.

02/07/2012

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and St. Sen. Charles Fuschillo in front of the Tappan Zee Bridge - Tarrytown, NY - Jul 19, 2011 (credit: Catherine Cioffi / WCBS 880)

Lawmakers Come To Consensus: Tappan Zee Bridge Has Got To Go

On Tuesday, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino took State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Sen. Charles Fuschillo, the chairman of the transportation committee, on a tour of the aging Tappan Zee Bridge.

07/19/2011

Gay marriage NY

N.Y. GOP Senator: If Same-Sex Marriage Vote Held, Measure Likely To Pass

Lawmakers say it’s possible the Republican-controlled Senate could call a vote on the same-sex marriage bill just after midnight Friday morning.

06/23/2011

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

Archbishop Timothy Dolan (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Archbishop Timothy Dolan Continues Campaign Against New York Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The controversy surrounding same-sex marriage found its way into the prayer service at St. Patrick’s cathedral in New York City.

06/19/2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Gov. Cuomo The New Face Of Gay Marriage Rights

As lawmakers continue to hash out a gay marriage bill in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has become a prominent champion of legalized gay marriage, pushing his state into the center of the national debate over an emotional and divisive issue.

06/18/2011

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos  (credit: Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images, FILE)

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos Says No Gay Marriage Vote Friday

The legislative session is still set for Albany to end on Monday. However, it could be extended for days or a week or even longer as issues such as rent control and property taxes remain unresolved.

06/17/2011

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

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