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Democrats said Thursday they will create a new ballot line to support Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other candidates, dubbed the “Women’s Equality Party.”
Cuomo’s liberal and conservative rivals immediately denounced it as a cynical ploy and questioned the incumbent’s record on women’s issues.
Cuomo allies would have to gather at least 15,000 petition signatures by mid-August to create a...Read more »
Once an opponent of medical marijuana, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ceremonially signed a new law Monday that makes New York the 23rd state to approve the drug for medicinal purposes.
Cuomo actually signed the law Saturday and held a news conference Monday to highlight the program.
"There is no doubt medical marijuana can help people," said the Democrat, who is facing Republican Rob Astorino...Read more »
ALBANY -- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's earnings at a private law firm rose significantly in 2013, according to newly filed financial disclosures.
Silver (D-Manhattan) was paid between $650,000 and $750,000 as an attorney at Weitz and Luxenberg, a large personal injury firm in Manhattan. In 2012, Silver reported getting between $350,000 to $450,000 from the law firm.
Combined with...Read more »
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,...Read more »
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s request to dismiss a sexual-harassment lawsuit filed against him and ex-Assemb. Vito Lopez filed by former Lopez staffers.
Silver “is not qualified for immunity,” Judge Analisa Torres wrote.
Former Lopez staffers Victoria Burhans and Chloe Rivera filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging the once-influential...Read more »