Andrew Lanza

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    December 20, 2013

    State Senator Andrew Lanza Called Atheist Billboard "Hateful," So Now There's One in His District

    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 >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Lights Out: MTA Turning Off Blue Lights on Select Buses

    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 >>

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    November 14, 2012
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    April 30, 2012

    New York Politicians Spent Nearly $50,000 On Cigars Since 2008

    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 >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Staten Islanders Apparently Love Prescription Drugs

    ‚ÄčIf 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 >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Gay Marriage In Time For Pride? Not Yet, But Eat Your Veggies

    ​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 >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Greg Ball's All Atwitter at Gay-Marriage Bill: Upstate Senator Takes His Own Online Poll.

    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 >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Is Gay Marriage Getting Blue Balled in Albany? Senate to Vote Monday at Earliest.

    ​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 >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Gay Marriage in New York: Over the Hump Today?

    ​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 >>

  • News

    September 15, 2010

    "Poor Man's Bermuda" in Staten Island? Not anymore

    For a century, 41 families have had a sweet deal on public land in Staten Island. But summer is finally over.

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    March 14, 2010

    Eric Cantor, Dan Senor Host Fundraiser for Tea Party Candidate in NY-1

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Advance Sees Gay Marriage Backlash; From Where? We Ask

    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 >>

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    December 2, 2009

    This Is, Apparently, Who We Have To Blow

    ​ ...or rather, blow away, in the next election. Ladies and gentlemen, the 'No' votes...

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    November 13, 2009

    NASCAR abandons Staten Island

    ​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.

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    October 22, 2009

    Liu, Gioia, Other Dems Call for Monserrate to Resign; Skelos Proposes Extra Republican for Panel

    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 >>

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    September 13, 2009

    Vendor crisis averted at Richmond County Fair

    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 >>

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    July 17, 2009

    $85 Million in Albany Member Items Disbursed for Parrot Adoption, Self-Esteem, Etc.

    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 >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Coup in Review: Habemus Quorum! -- Briefly; All Senators Arrive, Fight, Then Recess Till Noon

    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 >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Senator Lanza Keeps Staten Island Secession Alive

    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 >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Mike "Mad as Hell" Bloomberg Forgot to Phone Albany

    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 >>

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    September 22, 2008
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    August 25, 2008

    Golisano's Senate Picks: Mostly (and in NYC, Only) Same-Old

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2007

    Election Countdown: 40 Days to Go!

    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 >>

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    November 3, 2006

    Gay Democrat Goes for Broke in Staten Island

    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 >>

  • News

    January 17, 2006

    Council Priorities

    The new City Council Speaker doles out some surprising assignments

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    October 4, 2005

    The Wealth of Districts

    "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 >>

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    April 9, 2002

    Getting the Lead Out

    Will the City Council Finally Protect Kids From Toxic Paint?