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State Legislature Battles Over Minimum Wage Increase

May 02, 2012

Photo provided by Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo The debate over minimum wages continues to divide the NY State legislature, with the Democrat-controlled assembly led by Speaker Sheldon Silver calling for

Last Updated (Monday, June 17, 2013 03:24 PM)


Census Brings Unpleasant Surprise for State Politicians

Jan 04, 2011

  These maps show the estimated shifts in population between the 2000 Census and 2009. As has been true for decades, upstate regions continue to lose population. New York state received a

Last Updated (Thursday, September 04, 2014 01:55 PM)


2010 in Review: Scandals, Budget Cuts and Top-Level Changes

Dec 21, 2010

< Photo by Saebaryo Andrew Cuomo campaigning. (For other year end coverage, see Gotham Gazette's review of the big things that did not happen in New York in 2010, and our roundup of

Last Updated (Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:59 PM)


Will Cuomo Draw the Line on Gerrymandering?

Dec 13, 2010

Elkanah Tisdale (1771-1835) This 1812 cartoon of legislative districts in Massachusetts shows the original gerrymander -- a division of the state aimed at boosting the fortunes of Gov. Elbridge Gerry and

Last Updated (Monday, September 29, 2014 03:46 PM)


the state's new divorce laws take effect

Nov 08, 2010

Photo by Daniel Lobo For better, for worse, richer, or poorer, New York has joined the other 49 states in enacting no-fault divorce, effective last month. The only basis for divorce

Last Updated (Monday, June 17, 2013 02:57 PM)


Divisions in District Dominate Brooklyn Assembly Race

Jul 28, 2010

Photo by how_long_it_takes In his long-shot effort to unseat Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, Andre Soleil charges Lentol has neglected the problems facing residents of the Walt Whitman houses and other poorer parts

Last Updated (Monday, June 17, 2013 02:18 PM)


Outside Income by Member

Jul 21, 2010

Council members serving in 2009 brought in at least $533,000 in outside income. Below are all current council members' income disclosure for 2009 -- a quarter of them were not serving

Last Updated (Wednesday, June 06, 2012 12:59 PM)


The District is Brooklyn Heights, But Albany is the Issue

Jul 14, 2010

When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority cuts service, not even Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens easily absorb the loss. Despite being Brooklyn's most affluent neighborhoods, these two communities cannot escape the

Last Updated (Thursday, August 15, 2013 03:15 PM)


Claims of Dysfunction At City Clerk's Lobbying Bureau

Jul 08, 2010

Photo (cc) 2009 Noah S. Kunin Better late than never. The City Council and the Bloomberg administration are in the process of forming a commission to look at the city's major lobbying

Last Updated (Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:09 PM)