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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


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


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


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


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


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