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Every year New York state Senator Daniel Squadron (D- Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, lower Manhattan) holds a convention where hundreds of his cons … Full Article

Gov. Cuomo's ratings slip in Siena Poll

ALBANY— Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ratings among New York voters have slipped, though he still leads the only declared Republican candidate for governor by 35 points, according to a poll released Monday. … Full Article

Education issues prominent in NY state budget talks

New York City
ALBANY- The budget being negotiated in Albany will establish not only how much state aid school districts will receive, but it also could affect the age many kids start going to school, when they begin standardized tests and even influence whether they go to public or private school. … Full Article

Brook-Krasny says assembly bill offers paid family leave

Coney Island
Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny said a bill he helped the State Assembly pass will go a long way toward addressing New York’s child care crisis if it becomes law because it would institute paid family leave for residents. … Full Article

BATTLE ROYALE: NY Senate budget sets stage for 3-way negotiation

ALBANY— The budget proposal advanced by New York's Senate sets the stage for a complex two-week negotiation with the governor and Assembly on tax cuts, campaign finance reform, legalizing medical marijuana and other issues. … Full Article

Gentile applauds assembly vote on universal pre-k

Bay Ridge
Vincent Gentile, a deputy leader of the City Council, praised a vote by the New York State Assembly in favor of funding universal pre-kindergarten classes for New York City schoolchildren, calling it “a fundamental step towards turning our schools around.” … Full Article

Breakthrough: NY Senate pledges funds for Universal pre-K

New York City
Adding impetus to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious push to fund full-day pre-K for every city youngster and after school programs for middle schoolers, the New York state senate’s majority committed on Thursday to fund the programs for five years. … Full Article

Bill de Blasio to meet with Cuomo in Albany after pre-K rally

ALBANY— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is rallying support in Albany for his signature pre-kindergarten plan even as Gov. … Full Article

Malliotakis says Cuomo saved the day on welfare reform

Bay Ridge
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Governor Andrew Cuomo are on opposite sides of the political fence, but the Republican-Conservative Bay Ridge lawmaker is lauding the Democratic governor for taking steps to crack down on welfare fraud. … Full Article

NY state senators oppose expanded college courses for inmates

ALBANY— Several state senators are attacking Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to fund more college classes in New York prisons. One launched an online petition against it. … Full Article

New hope may emerge for NY campaign finance reform

ALBANY— Advocates for campaign finance reform are trying to keep up pressure on New York lawmakers as they consider budget bills that include public financing of elections. … Full Article
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