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The Bill Cosby of Albany

Feb 03, 2015

Sheldon Silver, foreground, and Vito Lopez (photo: AP/Mike Groll) Since Sheldon Silver's downfall, various members of the Assembly have expressed tears and praise for a man whose progressive politics allowed his


What Shelly Did

Feb 02, 2015

Sheldon Silver (photo: AP/Mike Groll) It's not very hard to grasp Shelly Silver's strengths and weaknesses. The weaknesses especially are on full display. Putting aside legal judgments, Shelly exhibited a kind of


New York Must Strengthen Sex Trafficking Laws

Jan 28, 2015

Manhattan DA Cy Vance (photo: DA's office) Sex trafficking is a lucrative criminal enterprise in which youthful looks are in high demand and actual children command top dollar. Yet, gaps in


Why I am Visiting Israel

Jan 16, 2015

BP Ruben Diaz Jr. at One World Trade Center (photo: @rubendiazjr) The people of the United States have stood strong with the people of Israel from the day that country was