New York Senate

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced June 24, 2015, that the city will expand its vision screening program to all 130 community schools and will partner with Warby Parker to provide a free pair of glasses to every student in need at P.S. 50 Library in Manhattan. (Credit: Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)

Sources To CBS2: De Blasio Rejected Offer To Raise Minimum Wage

Sources say the offer to hike the minimum wage was offered as part of a deal to revamp disability pensions for cops and firefighters injured in the line of duty.

06/24/2015

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (left), Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Carl Heastie announce an agreement on the state budget on June 23, 2015. (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor)

NY Legislative Leaders Reach Deal On State Budget, Rent Control

The state’s rent regulations had expired June 16 but were temporarily extended as lawmakers continued to negotiate.

06/23/2015

Ronda Rousey celebrates her victory over Cat Zingano in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Optimism High As N.Y. Senate Again Backs Legalizing MMA

With MMA star Ronda Rousey in Albany earlier Tuesday lobbying for its passage, supporters in the Democrat-controlled Assembly say they believe momentum is building.

03/25/2015

Medical marijuana (file/credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

New York Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana

The New York Senate has voted to legalize marijuana to alleviate pain and other symptoms for some severely ill patients.

06/20/2014

Ronda Rousey, who is lobbying for the MMA, poses with her bronze medal. (Credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

State Senate Votes To Approve Legislation To Legalize MMA In New York

The state Senate voted 43-14 Wednesday to again approve legislation to make New York the 46th state to legalize and regulate the sport, though opposition remains in the Assembly

04/18/2012

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

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

New York State Senate (credit: CBS 2)

Vote Recount Returns NY Senate Majority To GOP

Republicans on Saturday regained control of New York’s Senate beginning in January after a recount in a key seat on Long Island certified that the GOP candidate won.

12/04/2010

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NY State Senate Control Unknown Amid Close Races

A wild night of seesawing race totals and margins as close as a single vote Tuesday have left majority control of New York’s state Senate uncertain, but with Republicans having a good chance of seizing control of the chamber.

11/03/2010

New York Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., prepares to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Brooklyn, New York.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NY Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand Both Seek New Term

New York’s Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand both sought a new term Tuesday, a political novelty stemming from Gillibrand’s appointment last year.

11/02/2010

David Mejias - File / Photo: New York League of Conservation Voters

Senate Candidate Accused Of Stalking Drops Out Of Race

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Former Nassau County legislator David Mejias has dropped out of the race for a New York state senate seat, eight days after he was arrested on charges of stalking and harassing […]

09/09/2010

New York Senate Floor (File)

New York Legislature Due Back For Possible Budget Vote

The budget battle continues in New York as the state Legislature gets ready to return to session Tuesday. The budget was originally due April 1.

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