Tag: New York State Senate

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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Jared Kushner
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You’ll Never Guess Which Presidential Son-in-Law Violated the Law

Okay, actually you will. (Donald Trump only has one married daughter, after all). The Housing Rights Initiative is suing Kushner Companies (of which Jared was CEO until he left for Washington) for flagrantly violating New York rent regulation laws. The suit, on behalf of nine tenants, claims that a Brooklyn Heights building, 89 Hicks Street, should…

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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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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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Stephanie Miner and Andrew Cuomo before they began butting heads.
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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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David Greenfield
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South Brooklyn Shakeup

New York City Councilman David Greenfield shocked observers on Monday by announcing that he would retire from the Council to lead the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. The two-term Councilman from Midwood and Borough Park was widely-recognized as the leading Orthodox Jew in New York City elected office. The chair of the Council's powerful Land…

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