Tag: IDC

IDC Leader Jeff Klein (Bronx)
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More Legal Trouble for the IDC Over Money

The Independent Democratic Conference is once again in legal trouble after using a legal loophole to try to get more money. As a reminder, the group of Democratic State Senators (including Brooklyn Sen. Jesse Hamilton) helps Republicans maintain control of the Senate, even though there are more Democrats in the body. Since there's no Independent Democratic Party,…

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