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State Budget Remains in Limbo

Jul 01, 2010

Photo (cc) 2010 Office of Gov. David Paterson Gov. David Paterson issues the first of almost 7,000 budget vetoes on Monday. "Is it over?" That is the question most asked in Albany these

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


Unions Pick Up Tab for Council Members' Fines, Legal Bills

Jun 04, 2010

Photo 2010 William Alatriste Annabel Palma at a rally for AIDS workers last month. City Councilmember Annabel Palma had her payday. Palma has used at least $64,000 from local unions to pay legal

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Bill Would Change How the State Draws Districts

May 13, 2010

New York State Gov. David Paterson tells a recent forum in Albany how redistricting nearly cost him his State Senate seat. Last week, Gov. David Paterson sat at a forum on reforming

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Can the Next Attorney General Fix Albany?

Apr 28, 2010

  Last week, federal agents and investigators from the state attorney general's office raided Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada's nonprofit, Soundview Health Clinic. The previous day, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced

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Bill Aims for 'Pork Equality'

Mar 24, 2010

A flood of cash raced into some State Senate districts in the city last year as Democrats took control of the Senate for the first time in decades. Sen.

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Bloomberg Moves to Change the City Charter, But How?

Mar 08, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, making good on a promise in his 2008 State of City speech, announced on March 3, the creation of a charter revision commission. The mayor called for

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Charter Commissions Since 1989

Mar 08, 2010

  Mayor Date created/ expired* Chair (number of commisioners) Ballot Proposal(s) Voting Result Rudolph Giuliani 2/19/98 11/4/98 Paul Crotty (15) Revamp city campaign finance law and bar corporate donations adopted 60-40% Giuliani 6/15/99 11/3/99 Randy Mastro (15) 1. Impose a cap tied to the

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A Barrage of Bills

Feb 08, 2010

Photo (cc) Ya-Hsuan Huang If we can learn one thing from the last session of the City Council, it's that introducing bills won't ensure you're re-elected. Former Councilmember Alan Gerson, who lost

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Albany's Ethics Bill: First Step or Missed Opportunity?

Jan 14, 2010

Photo (cc) Courtney Gross Three of the four leaders of the legislature and the heads of three major good government groups stood together in Albany on Wednesday morning and patted each

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