Machine pols and reformers alike are ensnared
At the end of last August, former State Senator Shirley Huntley called for a press conference in her home district of Jamaica, Queens. There, she informed her supporters that she would be arrested the following day for an extensive criminal investigation into her personal expenses. Turns out, betwe ... More >>
Well, we guess the voters were right to re-elect Charles Hynes back in 2005, when he was pushed fairly hard in the democratic primary by challenger, state Sen. John Sampson. (Hynes won by about four percentage points.) Sampson, a 15-year veteran of the Legislature and chair of the senate ethics com ... More >>
And it's happening again. As of this morning, State Sen. John Sampson of Brooklyn has been taken into FBI custody on corruption charges, reports NBC. The shakedown had been expected after prosecutors told reporters last week that former assemblyman Shirley L. Huntley secretly recorded seven polit ... More >>
In late August, Democratic State Senator Shirley Huntley called a emergency 11am press conference at her home in Jamaica, Queens. There, she announced to the crowd that she would be arrested the following Monday by authorities for embezzlement charges regarding a non-profit education group she start ... More >>
At 11am this morning, the State Senator representing the Jamaica, Queens area called an emergency press conference at her home in the neighborhood. There, Shirley L. Huntley told the crowd that she expects to be arrested on Monday. Although she did not make clear what the charges against her would b ... More >>
Three more votes have reportedly been secured for gay marriage legislation working its way through the New York Senate, including Brooklyn Democrat Carl Kruger, who was formerly staunchly anti-gay but was recently outed. Three Democratic senators who voted "no" last time — Joseph Addabbo Jr. ... More >>
Paul Schindler of Gay City News has put together a great scorecard of how everyone stands on gay marriage in the state Senate, which is where the issue will be decided. Senator Tom Duane's bill needs 32 votes. Currently, 26 Democrats and zero Republicans publicly support it. Those Log Cabin Republ ... More >>
The first openly gay winner of yesterday's election won long before the polls even opened on the East Coast...in Guam! A former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam, openly gay Benjamin Cruz won re-election to the Guam Senate. Not nearly as far away but perhaps even more surprising, Jim Gray ... More >>
The Michael Mulgrew victory tour took an embarrassing turn on NY1 last night, when the United Federation of Teachers president gloated throughout an extended interview, overstating a very mixed primary day report card.
Fight Back New York claimed victory shortly after the polls closed last night for taking down anti-gay marriage Senator Bill Stachowski of Buffalo. Supporting challenger Tim Kennedy, FBNY was celebrating their second successful hit of a senator who'd voted against marriage equality, following Hiram ... More >>
Ah, New York City! It's the day to vote in the election you know about and think you're going to vote in but might not, one in which the most suspenseful race of the day involves whether or not you actually care enough to get out there and pull the lever. We're going to be liveblogging and up ... More >>
The New York Senate voted down the Marriage Equality Bill, on a roll call vote of 24 to 38. The vote was taken after two hours of debate, ending with an impassioned plea by Senator Duane, during which time sniffling and crying could clearly be heard in the Senate gallery. The roll call vot ... More >>
...or rather, blow away, in the next election. Ladies and gentlemen, the 'No' votes...
The frustrating circle-jerk in Albany.
Five weeks after it expired, the state senate finally passed mayoral control today, 47-8. The new version comes with some amendments that give parents and district superintendents more input, so the Assembly, which passed an earlier version, with have to re-vote, but there seems to be no issue there ... 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 Lower Hudson Journal News reported last week that Yonkers Councilman John Murtagh has been working the GOP's current Bill Ayers angle against Barack Obama. What gives it more oomph in this case is that the Weather Underground, to which Ayers belonged, firebombed Murtagh's home in 1970. (Murtagh' ... 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 >>