• Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    New York is THIS Close To Legalizing Medical Weed, But NYC is Still the Pot Arrest Capital of the U.S.

    On Tuesday the New York State Assembly passed, for the fifth time since it was introduced in 1997, the Compassionate Care Act. The bill would legalize medical marijuana in New York state, allowing sick New Yorkers relief from symptoms associated with cancer treatment, MS, epilepsy, and other ailment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Former Exec VP Joe Lhota Has Deep Ties to Madison Square Garden's 30-Year Tax Break

    In between his roles as Giuliani's "Rat Czar" and the MTA's chairman, mayoral candidate and Republican frontrunner Joe Lhota spent his days at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. For five years, he was an executive vice president of Cablevision; then, in 2010, he was named the chief administrative officer at Madi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Anonymous Online Speech: Soon To Be Banned by Albany?

    The Voice's Steven Thrasher just brought this to our attention. Legislation is pending in Albany that would make illegal anonymous online commenting, City & State tweeted this morning. Looks like Wired was among the first to report on the measure. The bill's backers, according to the mag, want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    MTA Funding Fail? Straphanger Advocates Say Andrew Cuomo's Plan Will Up Fares

    Looks like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York legislature might have just brokered a deal that would fund the remainder of the MTA's five-year capital plan. But straphanger advocates say that Albany's agreement will make riders foot the bill for transit improvements. Cuomo and legislators OKd an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Bill Would Ban Use of Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution in Court

    ​With criticisms of stop-and-frisk practices on the rise, one piece of legislation is targeting a police practice that doesn't involve searches for drugs or weapons. Lawmakers in Albany have sponsored a bill that would stop courts from using the possession of condoms as evidence of prostitution. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Churches Prepare for Eviction from School Spaces; Mayor Says He's Not Backing Down

    Sam LevinPastor Sal Sabino, left, will not be allowed to lead worship services in school spaces.​Next Sunday, Pastor Sal Sabino, from Heavenly Vision Christian Center, will conduct his worship services on the street. That's because this coming Sunday is the last time he and his congregation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    State Senator Michael Gianaris on Redistricting: 'We're Not Going To Stand for It'

    After a lot of back-and-forth and a fair amount of confusion about when the state's redrawn district maps might actually be released, the new state Senate lines came out today. This is it! After months of talk and hearings, these are the new political lines that the state task force charged with r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    U.N. Narrowly Passes Historic Gay-Rights Resolution

    While lawmakers debate gay marriage up in Albany, down here in the city the United Nations took a historic step on gay rights, narrowly passing a gay-rights resolution today. CNN reports that the resolution was introduced by South Africa, and passed with "23 votes in favor, 19 opposed and three abs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Condoms Can Still Be Evidence of Prostitution in NYC

    Carrying a condom in New York City can be proof you're a prostitute. Yes, now, in 2011. Gothamist reports that along with the City Council push to rename the Queensboro Bridge after Ed Koch, a resolution was also on the agenda yesterday meant to pressure the governor and state legislator to pass a d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Mochi Kills Japanese Revelers; Food Safety Bill to Be Signed Today

    ​Mochi, or sticky rice cakes, popular on New Year's Eve in Japan, send hundreds of people -- mostly aged 60 and over -- to the hospital each year, making it the most suffocating food in the country. [Wall Street Journal] Bison ranchers are having a hard time keeping up with the growing demand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    The Heavyweight Albany Lobbyist They Call 'Feathers'

    James FeatherstonhaughMy cover story this week about Albany lobbyists featured "Feathers," otherwise known as James Featherstonhaugh, who is the final toll on the thruway to the state capitol. Everyone, apparently, pays. Over the course of a four-decade career as unofficial state gatekeeper, Feathe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Carl Paladino, Angry Man, Beats His Own Party

    ​No matter what your politics you have to admit Republicans yesterday went for the guy with a lot more pop in his bat -- literally. Just three months ago, all Carl Paladino, the wealthy gun-slinging landlord from Buffalo who will now carry the GOP banner for governor, could muster at the Repub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Four Brands of Milk Recalled in NYC Area

    ​Four brands of milk are being recalled in the New York area, reports news cable channel NY1. The sell date on all the cartons is September 24, and the brands include Midland Farms, Corrado's Market, Jersey Farms, and Trade Fair Premium, and the plant code is 36-1661. The milk was processed i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Shelly Silver is 'the Enemy of Reform,' but his Law Firm's Cash is Still Good as Gold for Kathleen Rice

    ​File this one one away under the "Unsolved Mysteries" of this election season: Try to follow: Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver is the key symbol of Albany hypocrisy. Only yesterday, Ed Koch, the newly re-born reform banner waver, was declaiming him at City Hall. "He is the enemy of reform," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Corn Invades the Farmers' Markets Along With Yellow Raspberries, Purple Sugar Snaps, and Reishi Mushrooms

    ​Sweet bicolor corn is the first variety to hit the greenmarket this summer. It seems that corn arrives earlier and earlier at the farmers' markets each year. While we originally associated the crop with late summer and fall, a few years ago it began to arrive in early August, then late July. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Froot Loops Recalled; Kids Say Food in Shrek Packaging Tastes Better

    ​Kellogg's has voluntarily recalled millions of boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks breakfast cereals following reports of "an uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell" from the box liners. [Reuters] A number of New Yorkers have started ordering their bagels with the i ... More >>

  • News

    June 8, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Biggest Rival Won't Be the G.O.P.

    It's Shelly Silver and the old-school Dems in his race to Governor

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Pedro Espada Gets Sushi Surprise From Manhattan Young Democrats

    Emmy Suzuki Harris, VP of the Manhattan Dems.​A special delivery arrived on state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada's Mamaroneck doorstep this Saturday, compliments of a pair of activists in bright orange prison jumpers flanked by angry Democrats dressed in "Don't Vote for Pedro" shirts. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2010

    Hiram Monserrate, the AP, and Burying the Lede

    ​I don't know about you, but when the rest of the country discovers one of our colorful local politicians it makes me want to take them off my iPod. Still, they just don't know Hiram Monserrate like we do. ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Expelled from the state Senate, shunned by his party and denounced as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    MTA Considers Cuts; Parents, Disabled Advocates, Others Complain

    There's no B or D service into Manhattan because of a sick passenger, and the MTA board is preparing to vote on service cuts to pull the Authority out of the red ($400 million) -- into which it sank, just months after the last Doomsday "rescue" plan, thanks to spectacular financial mismanagement -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Bruno's Heads Up to Senators: Steer Clear of the Mailman

    ​There was another of those rare moments of truth at yesterday's session of the Trials of Joe Bruno. From the witness stand, former top state senate legal counsel Kenneth Riddett, was asked about an April 21, 2001 memo he prepared for the senate's then Republican majority members. Assistant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Gov Adds Gay Marriage to Special Session Agenda

    As Maine doesn't go, so goes New York, maybe: Governor Paterson says that along with the pressing budget issues for which he called the special session of the legislature for Tuesday, he's also going to push the gay marriage bill, which he proposed in April but which got set aside as Albany pursued ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Rick Lazio Calls for Constitutional Convention, One House to Rule Them All

    Remember the flurry of interest this summer in a New York state constitutional convention from politicians and voters? The voters may be climbing down from the threat, but Rick Lazio is still ready to capitalize on it in his race for governor. The man best known for losing to Hillary Clinton in h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Fun Read of the Day: List of New York Reps, Senators Earmarks ($5 Mil for Jazzmobile?)

    Some time ago we looked at some of the member items state senators requested in Albany. Impressive, but petty cash compared to what they spend in D.C. A group called Washington Watch -- yeah, they're libertarians (i.e. wingnuts with weed), but we'll take our thrills where we can get them -- has a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Coup in Review: Paterson Calls Special Session, Skelos Spokesman Says "Bullsh*t," Bloomberg Blames Dems, Espada Shows Off Bronx "Home"

    Over the weekend Governor Paterson stepped into the Albany Coup spotlight, announcing that he would summon the state senators to a special session on Wednesday (the official session ends today), and he meant all the state senators, not just the Republicans who have been meeting alone, without a quor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Hebrew Academy Charter Panned, Jeered at Marine Park Hearing

    The city is eager to put a charter school called Hebrew Language Academy, bankrolled by the Stenhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, in Marine Park. There have been objections from civil libertarians and from Diane Ravitch to the presumed religious nature of the school. But yesterday, GerritsenBeach. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Paterson Greets Gay Marriage Demo; SSM Support Up Nationally (UPDATED)

    A few thousand marriage equality supporters are in Albany today for an LGBT Equality and Justice Day demo. Governor Paterson, who is sponsoring a gay marriage bill in the state legislature -- which assemblyman Danny O'Donnell says will go live* in the assembly on Monday -- spoke to the group, critic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    I, Locavore--Awesome Deal on Local Chardonnay

    The crisp chardonnay of Millbrook Vineyards and Winery (click to taste) As a wine enthusiast, you're no doubt familar with the reasonably priced and often good wines of the North Fork of Long Island, and the pricier product of New York's pristine Finger Lakes region. But a lesser known wine reg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Budget Goes Into Overtime

    "State Budget Officially Late," says WKTV this morning. Another broken promise! The Albany Democrats, despite their earlier optimism, could not get the votes in by midnight, so today they'll be back at it. One of the results of the wheeling and dealing is that wine won't be cleared for sale in super ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    MTA Fare Hike All But Certain

    The MTA's Doomsday Budget, which raises all our fares and passed the finance committee Monday, is expected to be approved today. Transportation Alternatives is staging a "Call-a-Thon" this morning at Union Square to get citizens to ring the MTA and denounce the plan. Even Mayor Bloomberg had an awk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Paterson: I'm no Liar -- Honest

    Here's the news break from a mercilessly brief press conference that just ended in Albany which was supposed to deal with legislative negotiations over the budget deficit: Governor Paterson insists he's no liar.Paterson got to answer all of one question about the budget when a New York Post reporter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Tenants Jeer for New Housing Chair Espada

    The first reviews are in for Pedro Espada, the Bronx Democratic renegade whose hardball negotiations with new majority leader Malcolm Smith won him the post of  state Senate housing committee chair. They're not good: It's "an unhappy development for tenants," said veteran housing advocate Michael ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Online, Paterson Praises Kos Kids, Mets' Pitching Deals

    Governor Paterson is back on Daily Kos. Having learned from previous postings what gets the Kos Kids excited, he praises their input: "From OrangeClouds115's point about the economics of food (point noted), to Bag OHammers' willingness to sacrifice in tough times, to GoldnI's observation that the vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Oh No They Di'n't: "Barack Osama" on Upstate Absentee Ballots

    Whoops: on absentee ballots printed up for bucolic Rensselaer County, NY, Barack Obama's name is rendered "Barack Osama." About 300 voters have received these ballots, but they probably think that's his name anyway: the county is very Republican, with GOP County Executives going back for decades, an ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 17, 2008

    Veteran Pol Tony Seminerio and Bribe-Taking in Albany

    Bribes and blatant nepotism in the senate. What else is new?

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Feeding the Beast: Midday Link Dump

    It's Queens native Gene Simmons' Birthday! Celebrate with EV Grieve. Charlie Rangel gets a standing ovation at the National Democratic Convention.... 's New York Delegation Breakfast, per the Albany Times-Union. Good news, Greenpoint! Anthony Weiner and Nydia Velazquez announce that the EPA "has c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Uniformity Can Be Fun

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 2, 1958, Vol. III, No. 23 Uniformity Can Be Fun By Nat Hentoff It is a dolorous measure of the soft mediocrity of most of the executives in commercial TV that during his tenure as head of NBC, Sylvester L. "Pat" Weaver, Jr., achieved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008
  • Specials

    October 2, 2007
  • News

    July 10, 2007

    He Shot the Sheriff

    Spitzer guns down Albany's real clean-up man

  • News

    April 24, 2007

    The New Dealer

    With Spitzer at the table, Pataki's casino cronies pull an inside straight

  • NYC Life

    June 13, 2006

    Bliss or Miss

    Getting over the gay-wedding jitters

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2005

    Laughter & Jeers at 'Final' Debate

    So, what do we know now that the final CFB sanctioned primary debate is over, that we didn't know before last night's 60-minute showdown on Channel 4? Well, Anthony Weiner would vote for Virginia Fields if he weren't a candidate. And, as panelist Jorge Ramos asked, how are the candidates going to re ... More >>

  • News

    December 7, 2004

    Seven Years on the Sidewalk

    With the worst injustices gone from the Rockefeller drug laws, Randy Credico gropes for a new strategy to repeal them

  • Art

    January 6, 2004

    Re-Rethinking SUNY

    New York State's Public Higher Ed Deserves More Money—Not Less

  • News

    May 14, 2002

    Lobbying for Leniency

    Scandal-Scarred Adult Homes Buy Pataki Protection

  • News

    December 25, 2001

    A 10-Point Plan for Bloomy

    How the Newly Elected Mayor Can Begin Reviving a Wounded City

  • News

    October 10, 2000

    Roy's Real Choice

    Senator Goodman Exercises His Right to Choose All-Male Clubs

  • News

    May 11, 1999

    Freedom Fighters

    An Unlikely Group of Prisoners' Relatives Battles the Rockefeller Drug Laws

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