Tag Archives: NY State Senate

Michael Benjamin calls for an end to member items to clean up Albany | City & State

  Florence + the Machine’s hit song “Dog Days Are Over” seems an apt soundtrack for the hidden and unspoken abuses afflicting Albany. The dog days are over/The dog days are done The horses are coming/So you better run. The … Continue reading

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Anti-gay-marriage reverend says Cuomo would have been ‘the kiss of death’ | Capital New York

How do you spell toxic? Rev. Jason McGuire spells it C-U-O-M-O. As three Republicans state senators who voted for same-sex marriage battled for their political survival yesterday, Rev. Jason McGuire said he was thinking about one person whose name wasn’t … Continue reading

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Queens State Sen. Shirley Huntley and Bronx Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, saddled by legal troubles, tumble in Democratic primaries – NYDN

As the song says, “two out of three ain’t bad.” Voters in the Bronx and Queens ousted incumbent legislators, Naomi Rivera and Shirley Huntley, who were accused of nepotism and misuse of state funds. The third legislator who is under federal indictment, … Continue reading

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More loose threads: Councilman Ruben Wills and the case of the missing member item | Capital New York

Tug at a loose thread and everything starts to unravel. Such is the case of the investigation of State Senator Shirley Huntley and her dispensing of state grants to nonprofits controlled by relatives and staff. Chris Bragg reports that state … Continue reading

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Nonprofit nightmares

I thought you’d like to read “Nonprofit nightmares” at NYPOST.com. The new spate of political scandals in Albany highlights yet again the unseemly relations between pols and community nonprofits,which abound across the state. The charges against state Sen. Shirley Huntley center … Continue reading

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AG Schneiderman tells 10 NY counties to help bilingual voters – Could tip state senate

This evening, I came across this Associated Press report on Liz Benjamin’s State of Politics blog about New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sending letters to 10 upstate counties advising them to accommodate Spanish-speaking voters from Puerto Rico as required … Continue reading

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Malcolm Smith & the mayoral race – NYPOST.com

When I read of state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s interest in running for mayor as a Republican, Nena’s “99 Red Balloons” played in my head: “99 red balloons / Floating in the summer sky / Panic bells — it’s red alert.” Red alert, … Continue reading

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Malcolm Smith & the mayoral race – NYPOST.com

When I read of state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s interest in running for mayor as a Republican, Nena’s “99 Red Balloons” played in my head: “99 red balloons / Floating in the summer sky / Panic bells — it’s red alert.” Red alert, … Continue reading

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Frustration driving out NY lawmakers – AP News

I was recently asked to comment about reports that upwards of thirty state legislators are leaving office by year’s end. I think I may have over-dramatized my sentiments (See the closing paragraphs of the AP article). I didn’t mean to … Continue reading

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Tough June primary could mark end of Rangel’s career – TheHill.com

The Hill, a newspaper that covers politics and policy on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, has story discussing Rep. Charlie Rangel’s tough re-election fight. “Ethnic politics, an anti-incumbent super-PAC and a lingering ethics cloud all stand in the way of … Continue reading

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