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New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Speaker Silver Calls For Faster Increase In State Minimum Wage

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said Monday that he wants to accelerate the state’s scheduled minimum wage increase to $9 by 2015 and tie it to the inflation rate.

12/30/2013

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Parents Complain Common Core Curriculum Assignments Are Too Challenging

There’s growing criticism about what’s being taught in New York State public schools under the controversial new Common Core curriculum.

10/21/2013

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State Assemblyman: Spying Apps Can Enable Stalking, Abuse

A New York State assemblyman has called for a ban on new smart phone apps that make it easy for people to spy on loved ones.

07/07/2013

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)/Vito Lopez (credit: CBS 2)

NYS Taxpayers To Cover Cost Of Lawsuits Over Alleged Sexual Harassment

Under New York law, the state defends elected officials who acted in their official capacity.

06/25/2013

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Speed Cameras Could Soon Be Coming Near New York City Schools

New York State lawmakers have approved a bill allowing the city to install speed cameras in front of New York City schools.

06/22/2013

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

Dispute Over Abortion Sinks Women’s Rights Bills In N.Y. Legislature

A 10-part package of bills intended to protect women’s rights was derailed in the New York State Legislature Friday night, over concerns about a contentions late-term abortion proposal that was included.

06/22/2013

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)/Vito Lopez (credit: CBS 2)

Vito Lopez Sexual Harassment Accusers File Suit Against Him, Assembly Speaker Silver

The women, who also filed a claim against the Assembly, say they were hired by Assemblyman Vito Lopez last year and were subjected to sexual harassment by him. Just weeks before, Silver had settled claims by two other women against Lopez in a secret deal using $103,000 in public funds.

06/06/2013

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Renewed Push In Albany For Sunscreen Expiration Labels

As the weather heats up and sun worshipers flock to the beach, people are relying on sunscreen to keep them from getting burned. But what many people don’t know is that some sunscreens expire.

05/31/2013

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New York State Officials Urge Passage Of Foreclosure Protection Measures

One measure would require banks to negotiate a settlement with homeowners in foreclosure limbo. The other would impose criminal penalties for those committing fraudulent foreclosure practices.

05/29/2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn speaks out against Vito Lopez, May 16, 2013. (credit: Rich Lamb/WCBS 880)

Quinn Blasts Vito Lopez, Says His Election To City Council Would Be An ‘Outrage’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The speaker of the New York City Council issued a sharp rebuke of a once-powerful state lawmaker who is seeking to become her colleague. As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, a […]

05/16/2013

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Assemblyman Wants Better Truth In Advertising For Event Tickets

New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine’s bill would require that the number of tickets available to the general public be advertised.

05/07/2013

Fracking equipment in South Montrose, Pa. (file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York State May Suspend Decision On Fracking Until 2015

The New York State Assembly voted Wednesday to suspend until 2015 any action on allowing gas drilling using fracking.

03/06/2013

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

N.Y. State Assembly Votes To Increase Minimum Wage

The New York State Assembly approved a bill Tuesday night that would increase the minimum wage to $9 hour and provide for automatic further increases tied to inflation.

03/05/2013

Vito Lopez

Assemblyman Lopez Says He’s Staying In Office Despite Harassment Claims

New York State Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) said Monday that he will be staying in the Assembly, even though he lost his committee chairmanship and seniority after a finding that he violated sexual harassment policies.

01/14/2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at a news conference on illegal hotels (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

New York City Council Banking On Stiffer Fines To Put Illegal Hotels Out Of Business

The city has been cracking down on the illegal conversions since a state law was passed last year. But the city council has plans to increase the fines on illegal hotel landlords to try to run the practice out of business.

09/12/2012

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