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At precisely 2:51 a.m. on Friday, June 20, the New York State Assembly passed the Compassionate Care Act, which (when the bill passes the senate, as it is widely expected to, when it is taken up around 10 a.m.) will make New York the 23rd state in the union where medical marijuana is legal...as long ... More >>
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 >>
On Tuesday, the New York State Senate's Health Committee voted to approve the Compassionate Care Act. If the bill goes on to pass the full senate, it would create a comprehensive statewide system for New Yorkers to access medical marijuana. I know what you're thinking--didn't Governor Andrew Cuomo ... More >>
At the end of 2013, before our collective spirits had been broken by the endless Polar Vortexes inflicted upon us, we extended a challenge to you, our readers: show us what you remember about the past year in news. Our 2013 news quiz brought in lots and lots of people willing to take that challenge ... More >>
Starting Monday, the New York State Assembly will have one less member. Dennis Gabryszak, who has represented the 143rd District sine 2006, resigned Sunday after four separate women filed sexual harassment complaints against him. In his letter of resignation, Gabryszak denied that he had sexual con ... More >>
It's never been quite clear why the New York State Assembly's legal team didn't start investigating Assembyman Micah Kellner in 2009, when he was first accused of sexually harassing a female employee. It took until this summer, when the New York Times revealed that Kellner, a Democrat from the Uppe ... More >>
In the last legislative session, as you might recall, if you could stay awake for it, Governor Mario Cuomo introduced something seemingly everyone should have been in favor of: the Women's Equality Act (WEA), a ten-point-plan to strengthen women's rights in the state. The omnibus bill, which was ult ... More >>
It's been a banner week for dogs in New York. Tuesday saw the indictment of 39-year-old Leslie Alexander, who had been using his Brownsville home to train dogs to fight in the very cruel, very illegal dog-fighting circuit. (The cops initially went there on a warrant for guns and drugs and instead fo ... More >>
On Monday, a bill that would allow medical marijuana use sailed through the New York State Assembly, passing with a clean 95-38. If the bill makes it through the Senate, folks with "severely debilitating or life-threatening conditions" could be prescribed pot by their doctors.
There's a good chance this week will go down in New York City political history textbooks. And not for the best reasons. If you've watched the news (or Twitter) over the past three days, you've come across the Dan Holleran/Malcolm Smith story that involved bribing and mayoral rigging. Then, of cour ... More >>
A bipartisan coalition has introduced a bill in the New York State Assembly and Senate simultaneously that would permit use of cannabis for medical purposes by patients who have been certified by a doctor. So far, 18 states have passed similar bills, including New Jersey.
This guy hanging outside Broadway Panhandler is a shoo-in for a medical certification. A bipartisan coalition has introduced a bill in the New York State Assembly and Senate simultaneously that would permit use of cannabis for medical purposes by patients who have been certified by a doctor. So fa ... More >>
Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address was entitled 'New York Rising.' What happened yesterday in Albany might explain why. In a 104-to-43 vote, the New York State Assembly officially passed the NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act on Tuesday afternoon. Th ... More >>
A fruit basket is a lovely way to show appreciation. But when it's filled with $80,000 in cash, and it's in "appreciation" of bribing prosecutors, it's not a gesture of gratitude, it's a felony.So goes the tragic tale of former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng -- the first Asian-American elected to the New Yo ... More >>
Despite highly publicized accusations that he's a dirty, dirty old man, Democratic Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito "Gropez" Lopez won re-election to the Assembly on Tuesday. But the longtime pol dropped a bombshell on his supporters: this might be his last term -- in the Assembly, anyway."While I will con ... More >>
Powerful Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues to catch heat for his coverup of sexual harassment allegations against his former pal, disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and now New York Republicans are circulating a petition calling for his resignation.Granted, it's only a petition -- ... More >>
Much to the dismay of the National Organization of Women, women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, Assembly candidate Frank Commisso Jr., and thousands of New Yorkers, we're sure, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is off the hook for his tax-payer funded coverup of allegations of sexual misconduct by hi ... More >>
Isn't there an old saying about how it's seldom the crime but "always the coverup" that lands politicians in the hottest of water?Well, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver may want to revisit that adage, because it's his "coverup" of sexual harassment allegations against his old pal/current Assemblyman ... More >>
Is this guy friggin' serious?!Just minutes after getting released from jail on $1 million bail yesterday afternoon, former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng -- who currently is charged with fraud in a somewhat hilarious faux-bribery case -- actually called the very witness who ratted him out to federal authori ... More >>
Despite New York State's best efforts to regulate what consenting adults do in their spare time, New Yorkers are still flocking to mixed martial arts events. Unfortunately, they're forced to go to other states to do it -- MMA fighting has been banned in the Empire State since the mid-1990s. &nb ... More >>
Good news, DREAMers: the New York State Assembly passed a bill yesterday that would create a privately funded scholarship to help undocumented kids go to college.If it becomes law, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Fund Commission would enable people to solicit privat ... More >>
The New York State Assembly passed several domestic violence bills yesterday, which will soon be on their way to the Senate. If they make it through the rest of the legislative process, the measures would do everything from toughening penalties against repeat domestic violence offenders to keeping g ... More >>
They patrol Jewish neighborhoods with taxpayer money—but don't always clue in the police
While Rubén Díaz Sr. lobs bombs against gay rights, son Rubén Jr. and lesbian granddaughter Erica run for cover
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 >>
The New York State Assembly passed the Marriage Equality Bill yesterday, the fourth time that chamber of the state legislature has done so. The bill passed overwhelming, 80-63, but still, it had the lowest margin of victory the issue has ever had in the Assembly. (A number of "yes" votes had ... More >>
Insert Jersey Shore joke here. Soon, kids on the boardwalk may no longer be able to artificially bake in Jersey. The New Jersey Assembly Health Committee passed a proposal forbidding eager young "juiceheads" under the age of 18 from tanning via bed on Monday, and the full Jersey Assembly will ... More >>
Last chance to do this, for real this time. Pic by Sam Horine.Yes, the final Pool Party of a remarkably tumultuous year has been saved, set for this Sunday, August 29, rescued after an ugly few days of Jelly and the Open Space Alliance trading crabby press releases. The dialogue is still crab ... More >>
While everyone still jaws about the allegedly forthcoming David Paterson scandal, the Bowery Boys look back to historical precedent for removal of a New York governor -- not to Eliot Spitzer, but to William Sulzer. The Boys' headline is "New York governor resigns in disgrace (in 1913)!" tho ... More >>
Just as all eyes were on the mighty state senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his many escapades, along comes some strong competition for Bronx Schemer of the Week Award.A freshly unsealed indictment this morning by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, based on a joint city-federal probe, charges ... More >>
The New York Post reveals a "secret new rule" that prevents Governor Paterson from abandoning his security detail of state troopers "unless they have a signed order from him instructing them otherwise." (Paterson also increased the size of his security detail.) The Post of course makes the most of ... More >>
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Barely a fortnight before the September 13th primary, things are looking pretty good for City Councilmember David Weprin of Queens. The son of a late New York State Assembly speaker and chair of the powerful Council Finance Committee has the Working Families Party endorsement, has raised more than $ ... More >>
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