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Spin CyclePaterson finally has a statement out on the deficit reduction plan. It includes raising SUNY tuition, delaying STAR payments, increasing health insurance fees and assessments, using money won in litigation settlements, and transferring extra money from...
Spin CycleJames Madore files this note on Assemb. Earlene Hooper of Hempstead: "Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) has been appointed deputy speaker, the No. 4 leadership post in the legislature???s lower chamber. "Hooper, first elected in 1988, had been deputy...
Spin CycleAs we noted when Gov. Paterson nominated Jonathan Lippman to head the state Court of Appeals, it was somewhat curious that for all of Lippman's experience as a court administrator and aide to retiring Chief Judge Judith Kaye, the......
Spin CycleObama, at his first news conference, got very specific in rebutting Republican talking points and told the nation that failing to act quickly on the stimulus package would be a "catastrophe." The tone was sharper, and less bipartisan, than......
Spin CycleHouse and Senate negotiators agreed on a scaled down $789 billion stimulus package that reduced the tax cuts and will now prompt questions about whether it is too small to jolt the economy. Highlights are here. Is Susan Collins......
Spin CycleMalcolm Smith's Senate, proving that it's not going to be a rubber stamp and will open up government, announced yesterday that it will have a hearing today on Paterson's nomination of Jonathan Lippman to the Court of Appeals, followed......
Tags: New York, Parliament, Justice System, Politics, Lower East Side
Spin CycleJust happens that an old ally of Court of Claims Judge James J. Lack, referenced here and here, will be sworn in and will take over as the state's chief judge on Wednesday. In recent days Wayne Barrett at the......
Spin CycleThe inauguration of Jonathan Lippman as chief judge of the state Court of Appeals in Albany was your expected social-political gush-fest, with all manner of lawyers among the 250 or so guests packed into the courtroom. An emotional Lippman......
Spin CycleQuestion: What could the three Democrats in a room in Albany offer to try to entice Long Island and Queens legislators into backing tolls on East River crossings? There's no definitive answer yet. Not closing the Long Island Rail......
Spin CycleState Senate Democrats appear to have punted on reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws. After a contentious closed-door meeting, the senators have decided to fold the issue into a budget bill to be considered next week. Democrats have a one-seat......
Spin CycleNassau lawmakers, who made the rounds in Albany yesterday, are fairly confident the county will receive state approval to impose a new tax on cigarettes and a surcharge on traffic tickets. But they say Rochester Assemb. David Gantt (in......
Tags: Earlene Hooper, Craig Johnson, Laws, Harvey Weisenberg, Society
Spin CycleJust call him Assembly Speaker Sheldon Survivor. He could turn out to be the last pol standing in all New York State. As governor, Eliot Spitzer tried to threaten him but, of course, Spitzer is now gone. As Senate......
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