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Guv reaches out to GOP to push marriage equality bill

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, Governor, State Senate on June 23, 2011 | No Comments

The push for a gay marriage equality bill in Albany has moved behind closed doors as Gov. Andrew Cuomo attempts to persuade state Senate Republicans to sign off on the seminal legislation by writing in protections for religious organizations. According to Albany insiders, as of press time Tuesday the governor was still attempting to capture [...]

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Weiner seat attracts names

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 23, District 24, District 24, District 25, District 30, District 32, District 9, U.S. House on June 23, 2011 | No Comments

After three weeks of media frenzy surrounding Weinergate and a curt final press conference last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner officially left Congress Tuesday, creating a unique political vacuum in his district that stretches across much of Queens into Brooklyn. The Forest Hills Democrat submitted his official resignation letter Monday and was out at midnight [...]

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Gun buyback aims to make summer safer

Posted by Ivan Pereira in District 14, State Senate on June 23, 2011 | No Comments

The police, clergy, big business and elected officials announced this weekend that they will be cleaning the city streets of illegal guns to make communities safer this summer. A massive, five-borough gun buyback program will be initiated in the next few weeks that will pool the resources of various sectors, according to state Sen. Malcolm [...]

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Schumer asks feds to fund East Side Access

Posted by Philip Newman in Congress, U.S. Senate on June 23, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has appealed to federal officials to approve the $2.2 billion vital to completing the East Side Access project, which could start bringing Long Island Rail Road commuters into Grand Central Terminal in 2016. Schumer suggested the $2.2 billion in federal funds recently rejected by New Jersey could become New York [...]

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Traffic cop files suit against Halloran

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in City Council, City Offices, District 19 on June 23, 2011 | No Comments

A city traffic agent who was disciplined by the NYPD after improperly ticketing City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) is suing the lawmaker, his former chief of staff Dennis Ring and the city for $6 million, alleging that the politician and Ring racially slandered him. Chu, who also wants to be reinstated as a Queens North [...]

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Lancman maid safety bill gets state Senate sponsor

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 25 on June 16, 2011 | No Comments

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s (D-Fresh Meadows) bill requiring hotels to provide housekeepers with panic alert buttons in the wake of attempted sexual assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has a state Senate sponsor and is closer to becoming law, his office said Monday. Lancman penned the legislation, dubbed the Hotel Worker Protection Act, [...]