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Image from Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State presentation, highlighting public safety and gun control. Photo: NYS Governor's Office
Image from Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State presentation, highlighting public safety and gun control. Photo: NYS Governor's Office

State gov talks about amending NY SAFE act

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says there's been talk of amending the state's recently-enacted gun control law, to permit a 10 magazine clip in certain circumstances. Silver remained noncommittal about the change.  Go to full article
JCOPE Chair and Westchester County district attorney Janet DiFiore (right), along with executive director Ellen Biben (left) at Monday's JCOPE meeting. Photo: Karen DeWitt
JCOPE Chair and Westchester County district attorney Janet DiFiore (right), along with executive director Ellen Biben (left) at Monday's JCOPE meeting. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Ethics panel launches probe

The inquiry into Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's secret settlement to pay off victims of a fellow Assemblyman's sexual harassment deepened Monday. A unanimous state ethics board vote appears to have launched a full investigation into the scandal.

The vote followed an acrimonious meeting. Commissioners appointed by Silver demanded a public discussion of the deliberations, and called Governor Cuomo's threats to open an investigation "coercive".  Go to full article

New York State ethics panel calls for special meeting

The state's ethics board has called a special meeting immediately after Labor Day. The news comes after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and others have called for an investigation of a sexual harassment scandal in the State Assembly.  Go to full article
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Ethics questions mount; Silver "welcomes" probe

A rare apology from one of New York's most powerful Democratic leaders regarding a payout to alleged victims of sexual harassment is raising even more questions at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he "welcomes" an impending ethics probe.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his budget address in January.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his budget address in January.

Cuomo hits back at critics

Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking some heat this week. That's after a series of actions that have been criticized as consolidating more power for the executive branch, at the expense of the legislature and even some other statewide office holders. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. (Photo by Mark Kurtz)
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. (Photo by Mark Kurtz)

Two thirds of New Yorkers don't want to give lawmakers a raise, poll finds

Legislators haven't had a raise since 1999, and some, led by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, have said recently that it's about time.

But a new poll finds a majority of New Yorkers don't think giving the state's top politicians a pay raise is a good idea right now. Neither do some of the North Country's representatives at the Capitol. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
There are a number of talented people who I think are underpaid.

Silver: Current lawmaker salaries could "attract a lesser quality" of candidate

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues to advocate for a pay raise for state lawmakers. Silver says it's time for them to see their wages increase for the first time since 1999.  Go to full article
Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly

Silver pushes for minimum wage hike, worries about pension changes

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is continuing to push for his bill to increase the state's minimum wage. The Speaker is also expressing reservations about Governor Cuomo's plan to offer an option of 401k-style retirement plans for future state workers. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
Photo: Streetsblog.org
Photo: Streetsblog.org

Assembly Speaker Silver introduces bill to raise minimum wage

The leading Democrat in New York's Assembly is pushing to increase the state's minimum wage.

Speaker Sheldon Silver says it's "absurd" to think that anyone can make a living on the current amount, $7.25 an hour. He wants the minimum to go up to $8.50.

Silver had dozens of colleagues from his Democrat-controlled chamber behind him when he announced his bill yesterday.

The speaker says the minimum wage in New York has risen 10 cents in the last six years and increasing it is "a matter of human dignity".  Go to full article
Maybe Shelly Silver, the speaker, is raising taxes, but we’re cutting taxes.

Republicans and Dems spin the new tax bill

New York lawmakers piled on last night to approve an overhaul of the state's income tax rates. First, the Republican led Senate voted 55-0 for the measure. The Assembly followed with a 130-8 vote.

The measure was backed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. It will increases taxes on millionaires, but give 4.4 million middle-class residents a rare break worth $200 to $400 a year.

State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says it's the first rate reduction for middle class earners in 50 years. But conservative critics say New York will continue to have one of the nation's highest tax rates, and New York City residents will pay the highest rate in the nation.

The deal required a change of mind for most of the lawmakers who passed it last night, and for Gov. Cuomo, who had promised to "freeze" taxes during his campaign last year. As they gathered for the vote yesterday, lawmakers were busy portraying the deal in the best possible light. Critics complained about the hasty, behind-closed-doors process. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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