From Politico: Assembly passes 'environmental bill of rights'

By Bill Mahoney 04/24/2017 05:53 PM EDT ALBANY — The Assembly passed an Earth Day package of legislation on Monday, including a state constitutional amendment that would give New Yorkers the “right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.” The legislation, which supporters dubbed an “environmental bill of rights,” passed by a 103-27 […]Read More »

News Closeup: NYC council’s challenge to elect more women

POSTED 9:10 PM, FEBRUARY 11, 2017, BY MARVIN SCOTT The City Council is the legislative body that creates the laws for 8.2 million New Yorkers, more than half of whom are women, yet the makeup of the council is dominated by men. Of the 51-member council, only 13-women currently serve. There is now a movement, […]Read More »

From Gotham Gazette: Constitutional Convention Absent from Cuomo’s 2017 Agenda

Gov. Cuomo (photo: Governor’s Office) Though he has expressed support in the past for a “yes” vote for a constitutional convention on this year’s ballot, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newly revealed 2017 agenda and 2017-2018 budget provide no indication that such support continues. Last year, Cuomo backed a constitutional convention in his lone State of the […]Read More »

After slow start, Cuomo retirement commission gets moving

Director of the New York state budget division, Mary Beth Labate. | AP Photo/Mike Groll By JIMMY VIELKIND 08/19/16 05:15 AM EDT ALBANY — A state commission to tackle retirement security plans to hold its first meeting next month, eight months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the commission during his State of the State speech. […]Read More »

Thanks to governor, no threat of much-needed reform

By Bill Samuels There has been a recurring theme throughout Andrew Cuomo‘s six-plus years as governor: He says one thing and then does the opposite. Cuomo said he wanted to clean up Albany, but then shut down the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption when its investigations heated up. He said he wanted to end partisan […]Read More »

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