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Up on the Board: Albany, ugly as ever

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) during a news

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) during a news conference at the Capitol. (May 20, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

The New York State Legislature tends to crash a lot of decisions into the final days of its annual session – an outcome known to Albany-watchers as The Big Ugly. And so it is this year.

Even as some major legislation, such as the Women’s Equality Act, remain in the stew of today’s legislative work, the editorial board is talking about what the legislature did that we like and don’t like – and what it didn’t get to at all.

Almost nothing was accomplished on election reform. We supported measures this spring that would open up political contests to new challengers. No big surprise that Albany didn’t go for that.

We’re pleased there was action on gun control, minimum wage, middle-class tax cuts, gambling and LIPA. Check our editorial on Sunday where we’ll sort it all out.

Moving forward, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli may audit special education districts. Both houses of the legislature passed a measure to give him that power. And Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is considering a special commission to examine legislators’ campaign spending and use of discretionary money – aka member items. That should make a few people nervous.

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Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday, Newsday Westchester and amNew York.


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