Spin Cycle

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Martins tops LI delegation in bills passed, ranks second overall

[From the Spin Cycle page in Newsday's Monday edition]

Counting bills is a limited way to measure a state legislator’s productivity. The number is influenced by whether his/her party is in the majority and by what committee he/she leads. That said, a recent report by the New York Public Interest Research Group shows that Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) led the Long Island delegation with 34...

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Sweeney bill to crack down on ivory trade set to be approved

Assemb. Robert Sweeney, chairman of the Assembly Environmental

(Credit: Philip Kamrass)

Amid the last-minute flurry of legislative activity, New York lawmakers have agreed to a new law to crack down on the illegal trade of ivory and rhinoceros horns -- a bill championed by retiring Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst).

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said action was needed because “New York is a leading market in the world for illegal ivory sales.”

In 2012,...

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