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NY Budget Talks Wear on Over Minimum Wage, School Funding

Supporters of public education rally on the Great Western Staircase at the Capitol in Albany on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Supporters of public education rally on the Great Western Staircase at the Capitol on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are at odds over school spending as the state budget deadline nears, with Cuomo saying a big increase in school spending should be tied to revised teacher evaluations. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

ALBANY, N.Y. —Minimum wage increases, spending on schools, and a requirement that lawmakers disclose their legal clients hang in the balance as New York lawmakers...




  • New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is surrounded by media as he leaves a federal courthouse in New York, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Silver, 70, was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income. A magistrate judge in federal court in Manhattan later released the lawmaker on $200,000 bail. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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  • Independence Hall in Philadelphia saw the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the United States Constitution. Elementary school tours may have to be cancelled if about 1.2 degrees of warming submerges the site.

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    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was disappointed by the DNC’s decision to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia rather... Read more

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks in Miami Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

    Supreme Court’s New Health Law Case Cuts Both Ways

    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court is taking another look at President Barack Obama’s health care law, and this time it’s not just the White House that should... Read more

  • Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) at the Capitol in Washington on May 30, 2014. Grimm pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Why Do New Yorkers Like Electing Criminals?

    NEW YORK—After seeing State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest for allegedly taking bribes and kickbacks—and in recent history, a host of politicians being implicated by... Read more

  • Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York speaks at a press conference on Jan. 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Preet Bharara Says Sheldon Silver’s Arrest Sets a Dirty Example for Other Albany Politicians

    NEW YORK—U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara blamed the top echelon of Albany politicians for perpetuating a culture of corruption in New York politics, one that resulted... Read more

  • U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara addresses members of the media regarding State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in New York. Silver has been arrested on public corruption charges. He's accused of using his position as one of the state's most powerful politicians to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Sheldon Silver’s Arrest Highlights Outside-Income Path to Punishment for Corruption

    When talking about corruption in legislature, many would think about thick envelopes changing hands with meaningful looks. On second thought, a more down-to-earth picture would... Read more

  • Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver speaks to members of the media in the State Capitol March 12, 2008 in Albany, New York.(Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

    Dark Days for Sheldon Silver and Impending Chaos for New York State Assembly

    NEW YORK—Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest for corruption throws a wrench into the Albany legislature. Democratic leaders may be vying for his position, but as... Read more

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo at a juvenile justice panel

    On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo Promises End to Placing 16 and 17 Year-Olds in Prison

    NEW YORK—Criminal justice reform was the centerpiece of governor Andrew Cuomo’s inauguration speech when he was sworn in for his second term two weeks ago... Read more

  • President Barack Obama (C) speaks alongside House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (L), Republican of California, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (2nd L), of California, Speaker of the House John Boehner (3rd L), Republican of Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (4th R), Republican of Kentucky, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (3rd ), Democrat of Illinois, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (2nd R), Republican of Texas, and Senator Chuck Schumer (R), Democrat of New York, prior to a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC, January 13, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    Republicans Divided Over How to Fight Affordable Care Act

    WASHINGTON—Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama’s health care law. But now some are... Read more

  • Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks at the 5th Birthday And Beyond event at the Russell Senate Office Building on June 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Larry French/Getty Images)

    Sen Lindsey Graham Creates Committee to Consider 2016 Bid

    WASHINGTON—Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has set up a committee he says will help him look beyond his home state to determine if he... Read more

  • Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean in the Senate Chamber at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. The Republican-controlled Senate has approved eight bills intended to ensure women's rights in the workplace and housing. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    NY Senate OKs Women’s Rights Bills; Schools Provoke Debate

    ALBANY, N.Y.—While hundreds of public education supporters jammed Capitol stairwells Monday calling for more state support, New York’s Republican-controlled Senate approved eight bills intended to... Read more

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Cuomo announced 18 administration appointments on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    NY Gov. Cuomo Makes Top Administration Appointments

    ALBANY, N.Y.—Gov. Andrew Cuomo named Bill Mulrow, a Wall Street investment banker who has held several state and federal political positions, to succeed Larry Schwartz... Read more

  • Bronx Council member Vanessa Gibson at a press conference supporting NYPD in City Hall, N.Y. on Dec. 23, 2014. (William Alatriste/NYC Council)

    After Tragedies City Council Members Squirm Over Police Reform Bills

    NEW YORK—Several city council members, including staunch supporters of police reform, advocated caution and consideration in reviewing police reform bills currently pending in the system... Read more

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Newark Renaissance House in Newark, N.J., on Dec. 16, 2014. NJ lawmakers are mounting a campaign to override Christie’s veto of a bill overhauling the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    New Jersey Senate Sets Date on Port Authority Veto Override

    TRENTON, N.J.—Hoping to defy Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill overhauling the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, lawmakers are mounting... Read more

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds his mother's hand as they walk behind the casket of his father, Mario Cuomo, following the funeral service in Manhattan on Jan. 6, 2015. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Mario Cuomo’s Legacy Lives On in Son, Say Many Dignitaries

    NEW YORK—At former three-term New York governor Mario Cuomo’s funeral service Tuesday, his son, current governor Andrew Cuomo, eulogized him as a philosopher, poet, advocate,... Read more

  • New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith leaves federal court in White Plains, N.Y., on April 23, 2013. Smith and former Queens Republican leader Vincent Tabone are accused of scheming to bribe Republican leaders so Smith, a Democrat, could run for New York City mayor on the GOP line. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Cash Bribes Described at Ex-Lawmaker’s Corruption Retrial

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—Jurors will see video recordings of political party leaders accepting bribes—envelopes stuffed with cash—that were meant to get former state Sen. Malcolm Smith... Read more


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