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Dems blast Paterson vetoes

Posted by Anna Gustafson and Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 11, District 15, District 24, District 28, State Senate on July 1, 2010 | No Comments

Queens Democrats criticized Gov. David Paterson’s decision to veto much of the budget passed nearly three months after it was due by the state Legislature Monday, saying it could be a particularly bad blow for borough schools.

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Braunstein says he’ll fight for locals

Posted by Nathan Duke in Assembly, District 26 on July 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

Bayside’s Edward Braunstein said his seven years of work at state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s (D-Manhattan) office has given him insight into how Albany operates that would benefit him if he is elected to replace Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) this fall.

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Avella attacks Padavan on special session absence

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 11, State Senate on June 30, 2010 | No Comments

State Senate candidate and former Councilman Tony Avella criticized his opponent, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) for not showing up to a special session of the Senate Sunday.

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Legislature passes spending bill of $16B to keep gov’t running

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 15, Governor, State Comptroller, State Senate, Statewide Offices on June 16, 2010 | No Comments

A state government shutdown was averted after the state Legislature approved an emergency spending bill late Monday with the help of three Republican state senators. The legislation provides $16.4 billion in funding to help state services and agencies run until June 20, including $2.096 billion for state employees including troopers, guardsmen, corrections officers, nurses and [...]

In the news…

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in Assembly, District 38, Governor, Links on July 14, 2009 | No Comments

As Democrats in the state Senate struggle with the fallout from a series of ill-timed staffer pay raises, senators are preparing to meet Wednesday to discuss a more equitable distribution of payroll funding. [Times-Union] State Sen. Dan Squadron (D-Manhattan), who is currently on his honeymoon, got written assurance that the Senate would take up the [...]

Poll finds 78 percent believe Senate ‘broken,’ nearly half embarassed to be New Yorkers

Posted by Stephen Stirling in State Senate on June 22, 2009 | No Comments

Not surprisingly, a Quinnipiac poll released Monday morning found that voters disapprove of the stalemate in Albany by a nearly 4-to-1 margin with respondents evenly parsing out blame between Democrats, Republicans and the governor. “Dysfunctional? That could be the automatic adjective for Albany. Maybe we should find a more vivid word. Three quarters of New [...]