On Tuesday, we told you about the American Atheists' latest billboard, a cheery, seasonally appropriate number that wishes everybody in Times Square a merry Christmas, minus the Christ part. Predictably, the godfearing folks at FOX News and on Glenn Beck's program were very upset, while most everyb ... More >>
Today, the MTA issued an order rescinding the use of flashing blue lights on all Select Bus Service or SBS buses. These lights are used to distinguish the select buses from local buses. Flashing blue lights are particularly useful at a crowded bus stops or when you're squinting up Second Avenue hop ... More >>
Bill Clinton's not the only politician who likes a good cigar...Since 2008, New York politicians have spent nearly $50,000 on cigars and other tobacco products, a new study from the New York Public Research Group.The study, first provided by the group to the New York Daily News, finds that state law ... More >>
If there's one things Staten Islanders love, it's prescription drugs. If there's another thing Staten Islanders love, it's prescription drugs!That's according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who says the prescription drug abuse problem -- particularly with pain killers like hydroc ... More >>
As the Daily Show pointed out last night, the New York State Senate has indeed succeeded in taking on one of the toughest issues of the day: finally settling what the Empire State vegetable ought to be. (Corn.) But though Governor Cuomo just tweeted about some real progress -- the long-awaite ... More >>
Here's what happened over the weekend with the gay-marriage bill, which the Assembly has already approved: Publicly, the bill has the support of 31 of the 32 senators it needs for passage. Though he was considered "leaning no," GOP senator Greg Ball (who represents all of Putnam County, northern ... More >>
Now that Governor Cuomo has given his all toward passing gay marriage equality legislation, and the Assembly has passed the measure for a fourth time, the focus is exactly back where it's been for the past two years: the State Senate. Yet after significant momentum at the beginning of the we ... More >>
Today could be the day when gay marriage equality passes its biggest hurdle in New York State yet and actually achieves something it never has before: likely passage in the state senate. With 31 of the necessary 32 votes already publicly announced, the effort only needs one GOP senator for th ... More >>
For a century, 41 families have had a sweet deal on public land in Staten Island. But summer is finally over.
Via Elizabeth Benjamin in the Daily News, House Minority Whip (and Republican Rebranding specialist) Eric Cantor will be a special guest tonight at a fundraiser for self-funding millionaire Suffolk County House candidate Randy Altschuler. On the host committee: Bush loyalist, Iraq Coalition a ... More >>
We have to admit, we laughed when we read the Advance headline, "Staten Island senator faces backlash over same-sex marriage vote." Backlash? In Staten Island? Where "the first openly gay club in more than a decade" opened in August, and preachers inveigh against homosexuality on the Ferry? (Well, ... More >>
...or rather, blow away, in the next election. Ladies and gentlemen, the 'No' votes...
International Speedway Corp. (ISC), whose plans to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island set off a "near riot" at a public hearing, announced the sale of the site to a Texas company at a $30 million loss yesterday.
More Democratic public officials are calling for state senator Hiram Monserrate, convicted of lesser charges in an attack on his girlfriend and facing a special state senate committee, to remove himself from office. Earlier in the week New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer suggested ... More >>
The Staten Island Advance reported yesterday that health inspectors were shutting down food vendors at the Richmond County Fair (warning: blinking type), and that a local politician on the scene was not happy with the situationIn a telephone interview direct from the fair, State Senator Andrew Lanza ... More >>
The state senate laid out its new member items, and it's hilarious or grim reading depending on whether you read it as a student of human nature, or as a taxpayer. Jimmy Vielkind has the list. The $85 million feedbag of discretionary items for senators' constituents includes $2 million for Pedro Es ... More >>
The Post reported this morning that the Democrats had locked themselves into the state senate chambers, but it appears the Republicans eventually joined them for the full session court-ordered yesterday. Only Kevin Parker was absent. But after some haggling over who got to run the session, they adjo ... More >>
The dream of Staten Island secession would seem to have died with John Marchi, but the Times tells us today that state senator Andrew Lanza is working on a Staten-Island-Out-Of-New-York plan, which he has been proposing since last year. He decries the "legacy of neglect" under which the forgotten bo ... More >>
Remember last month when Mayor Mike Bloomberg was really really angry over the state legislature's failure to deal with soaring MTA fare hikes? When he wanted us all to call up and, in our best Peter Finch "Network" imitation rant, tell those rascals in Albany that "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not goin ... More >>
Politics on the Hudson reports that Tom Golisano, one-man PAC, has made 39 Responsible New York endorsements for the State Senate. In general, he favored Democrats narrowly (25-22) and incumbents widely. But in New York City Districts, he favored Democrats widely (14-2), and only chose incumbents. ... More >>
All right, it's just a special election, but the City Council contests in Brooklyn and Staten Island on February 20 might be more significant than you think. For one thing, they might be the last time voters in New York City use old-fashioned lever machines. For another, they are the first elections ... More >>
It's the week before election day, and Staten Island's first openly gay candidate for statewide office is winning over a room full of Rotarians. "I know many of you in this room are Republican, and I'm not going to party bash here — except for maybe the Marijuana Party," said Democrat Matt ... More >>
The new City Council Speaker doles out some surprising assignments
"The rich are different from us," F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, according to Ernest Hemingway (even though it didn't actually happen that way). "Yes," answered Hemingway in the tale. "They have more money." Whoever said it, the statement about rich versus poor is as true in 2005 New York City Counc ... More >>
Will the City Council Finally Protect Kids From Toxic Paint?