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Catherine Nolan

Catherine Nolan

  • Powerful Assembly Post May Be Vacant Sooner Than Expected

    farrell assembly floor

    Assemblymember Herman Farrell (photo: The Assembly)


    When Assemblymember Herman “Denny” Farrell, who heads the chamber’s Ways and Means Committee, announced he would not seek reelection next year, it set off a murmur about who might succeed him in the powerful -- and lucrative -- committee post.

    Farrell, a Democrat elected to the Assembly in 1974 and the third longest serving member of the body, is known for his diplomacy and good natured

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  • Time for Restorative Justice in Our Schools

    Zaire Kiran Agostini

    Zaire Kiran Agostini, the author


    Being a black girl in New York schools is hard—the stereotypes and biases we face are painful, and often overlooked. Too often, they lead to suspensions and arrests of young people like me that take us out of school and push us toward the streets, prison, or worse. Now is the time for New York State to take action to address the damage being done by out-of-touch school discipline policies.

    When teachers or administrators look at girls like me talking with my friends, they look at us like we are always about to cause

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