Category: Quick Hits

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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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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Jones Beach
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Did Robert Moses Actually Prevent Buses from Going to Jones Beach?

Yes, in fact. In his masterpiece, The Power Broker, Robert Caro recorded that Robert Moses built lower bridges over the Southern State Parkway on the way to Jones Beach. According to an engineer who worked on the project, Moses wanted lower bridges so that buses couldn't bring poor (especially black) people to Jones Beach. A Cornell…

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Hiram Monserrate when still a State Senator.
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Why not give a corrupt abuser another shot?

Apparently, that's what some Queens Democrats are saying. After Corona/East Elmhurst Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland announced her retirement, her predecessor Hiram Monserrate jumped into the race. Monserrate has only one small, niggling issue: his criminal record. In December 2008, after winning a State Senate seat but before he was sworn in, Monserrate attacked his then-girlfriend, slashing her…

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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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Joe Crowley at an unrelated event in the district.
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Crowley’s Treasurer Under Investigation

One of Queens Democratic Leader Rep. Joe Crowley's closest allies, his campaign treasurer Scott Kaufman, is under investigation by the state Office of Court Administration. He may have violated the rules by receiving court appointments that allowed him to earn over the limit, taking home over $550,000 in court contracts over the last decade. Kaufman received…

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