Albany

"Three men in a room"
9:50 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Budget decisions made behind closed doors in long Albany tradition

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.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

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.

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Lawmakers not "thrilled" with dorms
5:05 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

15 years and FBI raid, dorm bill finally gets attention

Credit courtesy of NY Senate

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.   

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Government
10:22 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Activists take to their smart phones to web cast Assembly meetings

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.

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Lost by one vote
6:24 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

NY Dream Act supporters vow to fight on

Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up”, when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote.

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Senate votes 30-29 against the measure
11:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Dream Act dies in NY State Senate

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.

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