New York State Senate

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New Bill To Legalize Mixed Martial Arts Advances In N.Y. State Senate

The fight to legalize mixed martial arts in New York state — the last state to prohibit cage matches with small gloves — has resumed with a state Senate committee advancing legislation.

03/03/2015

The New York state Capitol in Albany (credit: Getty Images)

NY Senate Democrats Look To Cap Outside Income For Lawmakers

Under the proposal announced Monday, lawmakers could make about $12,000, or 15 percent of their base salary of $79,500, in outside income.

02/09/2015

Police clash with protesters on the West Side Highway on Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (credit: Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Bratton Wants Stronger Penalties For Resisting Arrest

The police commissioner made his comments during a public hearing with members of the state Senate.

02/04/2015

The Empire State Building towers over the Manhattan skyline on Feb. 13, 2012 in New York City. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

If Lawmakers Don’t Act, Rents Could Rise In NYC

The laws governing the rent paid by more than 2 million New York City residents are due to expire June 15, and state lawmakers are preparing for what could be a bruising debate over whether to renew, strengthen or weaken them.

01/04/2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio (credit: Getty Images)

De Blasio Warns Senate Republicans: Get On Board My Agenda, Or Else

A crushing Election Day defeat has sent Bill de Blasio on the warpath.

11/05/2014

The New York state Capitol in Albany (credit: Getty Images)

NY Voters To Decide On Digital Legislation

The change is expected to save millions of dollars in printing and many trees.

10/28/2014

Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg (credit: David Denenberg/Twitter)

In Tactical Move, Long Island Pol Who Dropped Out Of Senate Race Might Run For Judge

David Denenberg, who has served as a Nassau County legislator since 1999, said Wednesday that if he happened to win the judgeship, he would not accept the position.

09/24/2014

New York State Sen. Tony Avella (Credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Avella Defeats Former Comptroller Liu In State Senate Primary

New York State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) defeated former New York City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu in the Democratic primary for the state’s 11th Senate District Tuesday night.

09/10/2014

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Breakaway Democrats Might Dissolve Coalition With NY Senate Republicans

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein said Wednesday that his four-member Independent Democratic Conference will work to form a new coalition with traditional Democrats in the Senate.

06/25/2014

A "gothic kitty" (Credit: Personal photo via CBSNews.com)

NY Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Pet Tattoos, Piercings

The bill came following reports of the sale of so-called “gothic kittens” that had piercings on their necks and back, and of a Brooklyn tattoo artist who tattooed his dog.

06/18/2014

Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. (credit: Getty Images)

Tensions Run High As NY Medical Marijuana Deadline Nears

An agreement between the state Senate and Assembly on whether to legalize medical marijuana in New York is due before midnight Monday in order to be voted on before the legislative session ends later this week.

06/16/2014

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NY Lawmakers Begin Negotiations Over Medical Marijuana

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said he’s open to the so-called “Compassionate Care Act,” but has reservations about the drug being exploited.

06/12/2014

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New York State Senate Passes 23 Bills Geared Toward Curbing Heroin Use

The New York state Senate on Monday approved nearly two dozen bills intended to curb heroin use, including a measure to allow schools to administer a powerful heroin and opiate antidote.

06/09/2014

FILE -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: Getty Images)

Cuomo Says He’ll Approve Medical Marijuana With Proper Regulation

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he will sign medical marijuana legislation into law as long as the measure “makes sense.”

06/09/2014

The New York state Capitol in Albany (credit: Getty Images)

As NY Legislative Session Winds Down, Minimum Wage, Medical Marijuana Among Unresolved Issues

With attention turning to the fall elections, New York legislators may end their session without voting on a minimum wage increase, medical marijuana, public campaign financing or other high-profile issues.

06/08/2014

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