Guv cand Hawkins (G) Urges NY State Senate to Pass Tenants Protections

The only way that the Green Party can regain ballot status in NY is to get 50,000 votes for their Governor candidate in 2010. This opportunity comes only once every four years, and it only applies to the Governor’s race. Gaining ballot status will enable the Green Party to run more peace candidates, more single-payer […]

Monserrate loses State Senate seat (in a landslide against him)

(excerpt from) The Daily News/AP Ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate loses bid to regain seat as Assemblyman Jose Peralta triumphs Tuesday, March 16th 2010, 10:35 PM A New York state senator who was expelled after a domestic violence conviction has lost his long-shot bid to get his seat back in a special election. Assemblyman Jose […]

Fight Monserrate/Siegel: Make NY legislature safe for women

KW writes: Oh…my…goodness… Former State Senator Hiram Monserrate — found guilty in the incident with his girlfriend which involved allegations of domestic abuse — just will not go away. The women of New York finally got a reprieve from a man who commits violence against women roaming the halls of our government. But, Monserrate is […]

Joe Bruno’s trial shows overall corruption in Albany

Linked at Elizabeth Benjamin’s “Daily Politics” blog at the same newspaper… (excerpt from) The Daily News Joe Bruno, Albany sleaze: His trial has already convicted Capitol’s squalid doings/ Editorials / 11-14-2009 Whatever its outcome, the trial of former Senate boss Joe Bruno has torn the lid off the cesspool that is Albany. Testimony elicited by […]

Make a statement against domestic violence: Help oust State Senator Monserrate

KW: All this time the Monserrate situation has made me so angry. It seemed quiet apparent that he was involved in some kind of domestic violence, and yet he remained a public official, and the Democratic leaders actually caved into him when Monserrate made his power play during the NY State Senate Coup. Now, the […]

New Yorkers Inching Toward Revolt

Love that headline! Anyone ready to start planning an independent or third party run for State Senate or State Assembly? The time is ripe! – KW (excerpt from) Elizabeth Benjamin’s Daily Politics blog at The Daily News Q Poll: New Yorkers Inching Toward Revolt August 18, 2009 Today’s Q poll finds a whopping 77 percent […]

Is Nassau Dem Boss headed for statewide?

KW: Newsday reports that NY Governor David Paterson has tapped Jay Jacobs, Nassau County Democratic Chairman, to be the Chair of the State Democratic Committee. The vote would happen in the fall. I find this humorous and resonant. Governor Paterson has a history of being friends with Republicans such as Joe Bruno, and Governor Paterson […]

NY State Senate: Meeting again. But, I can’t watch.

Please, for updates and the latest, go to the blog at the Times Union: here. They also allow comments. You can submit anonymously and they simply approve (all of mine seem to have been approved.) As for the NY State Senate: First the Democrats accepted “Monserrate” back into the fold – the one accused of […]

New NY State Lt. Governor: Richard Ravitch?

KW: I heard that part of the negotiations in the NY State Senate coup involved having a “Lieutenant Governor” appointed, so that the line of succession did not go immediately into the Senate chamber. Now, it appears that Governor Paterson has appointed a Lt. Governor. Though, I do not understand if the appointment is automatic, […]

NY State Senator Espada: Problems with campaign committees

From the beginning of the NY State Senate coup — where the Republicans played procedural games, and colluded with two under-suspicion Democratic Senators to steal the majorityship — I have asserted that it was sad and a weakness that the two Democrat-traitors were Monserrate and Espada. Well, the Democrats have gotten and accepted Monserrate back. […]

NY State Senate update: Tuesday afternoon, June 30th

Governor Paterson asserts that today is a deadline for important legislation, including Mayoral Control of the NYC schools. The NY State Senate Democrats met this afternoon. A Republican Senator strolled through the chamber, and the Democrats said that gave them a majority and the right to hold a session. The Republican says that he was […]

NY State Senate and Mayoral Control of NYC Schools

KW: I, personally, do not like the idea of Mayoral control of schools. But, some people do. And, Bloomberg is chomping at the bit for the NY State Senate to approve the measure by a stated deadline of today. Elizabeth Benjamin’s blog at the Daily News has a good review of the situation. Including a […]

NY State Senate: Sunday, June 28th update

For those of you keeping track: Since Governor Paterson (D) is demanding that the NY State Senators “do their job”, each conference – the Democrats and the Republicans – gaveled in and gaveled out separately, both under 3 minutes. Working on a Sunday. Pretty strange… Also, the Democrats are running ads trying to pressure Republicans to […]

Will the NY State Senate meet on Saturday and Sunday?

KW: I am not guessing that they will. And, no one is blogging about the NY State Senate coup at the Capitol Confidential or Daily News so far this morning (It’s 7am). But, Newsday says the Governor called them into session for Saturday, and that he might call them for Sunday. But, they might not […]

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