Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

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Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein is the founder of ShakingNews.

Stephanie Miner and Andrew Cuomo before they began butting heads.
Central New YorkNew YorkQuick Hits

Syracuse must have something against Cuomo

We reported last week on the raft of Democrats and Republicans threatening to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Now, we can add two more potential candidates from Syracuse: Republican Senator John DeFrancisco, the number two Republican in that body and a conservative leader, and Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner. Interestingly, Miner is termed-out of office this year, so she…

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New York's State Capitol could get a little smaller.
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Do we really need so many politicians?

That's the core of a radical proposal by Richard Emery, former chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board. He's supporting a New York Constitutional Convention (remember, we're voting on whether to have one in November) and wants it to replace the Senate and Assembly with a single body. In response, the opposition is circulating a letter from…

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New YorkNew York CityQuick Hits

Dem Party Squabbles

If you thought Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans' attacks on healthcare and LGBT rights would prompt New York Democrats to stand together in opposition, think again. The New York State Democratic Committee (the body that directs the state party) met this week and, of course, there was infighting. Progressives pushed through a resolution condemning the…

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