Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, right, and press secretary Michael Whyland walk to through the War Room on their way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office for a legislative leaders budget meeting at the Capitol on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.
When a budget deal is finally reached in Albany, average New Yorkers will have had little access to the details of the important items that Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers are discussing. That’s because, the long Albany tradition known as "three men in a -room" continues.
News this week that the FBI raided the offices of yet another New York State lawmaker has pushed into the limelight a little known piece of legislation authored by a Long Island senator. Babylon Republican Phil Boyle has, for the last 15 years, wanted lawmakers to live in a dorm.
Government reform activists in New York brought their smart phones into Assembly Committee meetings in Albany on Wednesday to live stream meetings that so far have not been available to the public on the internet.
The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.