Category: State Assembly

Sheldon Silver
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Foiled! Silver Gets Off

Last week, former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Lower Manhattan) escaped justice when a federal appeals panel overturned his conviction for accepting bribes and money-laundering. Who is Sheldon Silver? For over two decades as the leader of the State Assembly's strong Democratic majority, Sheldon Silver established himself as one of New York's most powerful Democrats.…

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New York City Firefighters
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Firefighters and First Responders Get Help from State Legislature 

With the state legislative session over for the year, firefighters and other first responders are looking at some victories. The legislature passed bills to provide voluntary firefighters with the same disability benefits that professional firefighters receive and increase disability pensions for airport firefighters. Another bill would also give firefighters who were at the World Trade…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. John Flanagan are at odds over opioids.
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Opioids Create a Strange Alignment: Cuomo Agreeing with Democrats

In the closing days of the legislative session, the opioid crisis is turning into the latest flashpoint. State Senate Republicans passed a bill to make it easier for law enforcement to arrest drug dealers and impose longer sentences. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo has lined up with the Assembly Democrats in advocating for more treatment, including more…

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Pellegrino, a Bernie Sanders delegate, got support from his organization in winning an Assembly special election.
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Context for a wave? Democrat wins Long Island Assembly seat.

Normally, we don't pay too much attention to special elections for the State Assembly, since Democrats have a massive 2/3rds majority in the chamber. However, progressive Democrat Christine Pellegrino won a resounding victory on Tuesday in this heavily-Republican district around Oyster Bay, a 40 point swing in the Democrats favor after Trump won the area with 60% of…

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