Category: State Senate

Phil Boyle could become Suffolk County Sherif as part of a corrupt deal.
New YorkState Senate

Something Suspicious in Suffolk

State Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) is planning on leaving the Senate if he gets elected Suffolk County Sheriff. Now, on its own, that's not so weird--two other Senators are resigning or running for other offices and several Assemblymembers are trying to get elected to other jobs. The Sheriff also earns $193,123 a year, far more…

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State Senator Dan Squadron is heading for the exits.
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Quitting Time

State Senator Dan Squadron, a Brooklyn Democrat and leading reformer, announced in a Daily News op-ed that he's leaving the State Senate. He'll launch a new project focused on improving state government around the country. What's next? The Senate seat should be filled in a November special election. The Democratic nominee (and presumptive next Senator) will likely…

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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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Ruben Wills is on trial.
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Corruption Watch: Nassau Republicans Indicted, NYC Councilman on Trial, Senator Gets Off

Last week, a Nassau County jury indicted former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto for corruption along with two former town commissioners. Venditto has been a powerful Republican leader until he stepped down after federal prosecutors charged him and County Executive Edward Mangano for taking bribes. Meanwhile, Queens City Councilman Ruben Wills is on trial for…

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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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