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Inequities in ethics panel one more reason to scrap it, say advocates

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Democrats are poised to lead the state Senate starting next month, but they will still lack power on the state’s ethics panel. But a law implemented several years ago will allow Republicans in the chamber to hold the majority of seats.

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This week on NYN: Pay raise for lawmakers

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Also, are there enough school psychologists in NY?

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Commission recommends substantial pay hike for governor, state lawmakers

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A pay commission for New York’s statewide elected officials recommends a hefty increase to the salaries of the governor, state Senators, and Assemblymembers, but there are some strings attached.

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Advocates push for early voting in New York

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Democrats who will run the state Senate in January say a top priority will be to expand access to voting in New York. Advocates say there are several steps they can take.

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Senator-elect Biaggi discusses priorities

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She stunned Jeff Klein in September.

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Some Democratic supporters of single-payer health say they won't act in haste

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Some newly elected Senate Democrats want New York to adopt a single-payer health care system, but that may put them at odds with other Democratic Senators who do not want to raise taxes.

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Cuomo has "positive" meeting with Trump on infrastructure

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he had a “positive” meeting at the White House Wednesday with President Donald Trump, to talk about funding for a key train tunnel connecting Manhattan to New Jersey.

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Senators elect first African American woman to be Majority Leader

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History was made at the State Capitol Monday as the Senate elected its first woman, an African American woman, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, as its leader to head the chamber in January.

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Father-son legacies

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Former Capitol reporter's new book on Jerry Brown

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State lawmakers seek first pay raise in 20 years

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It’s been twenty years since the governor and legislature in New York received a pay raise. But that might be changing in January. A panel formed to determine future pay for lawmakers is holding hearings and will make a recommendation by December 10th.

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New York's Mayors try a new way to get more state aid

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The state’s mayors are moving away from a state aid program for localities that they say has not been well funded in recent years, and are trying a new way to get the governor’s and the legislature’s attention as the 2019 state budget season approaches.

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Flanagan to lead Senate Minority in 2019

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Senator GOP Leader John Flanagan was re-elected as the leader of the Republicans in that chamber on Friday afternoon, surviving a challenge to his leadership from upstate Senator Cathy Young of Olean. But, come January, he’ll be in charge of the minority party, after Democrats took control of the Senate for only the third time in the last century.

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Stewart-Cousins to become first woman to lead Senate

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Senator discusses priorities ahead of 2019 session.

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Advocates want swift action from new Senate Democrats

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Progressive-leaning groups say now that more Democrats have been elected to the State Senate, they’ll hold their feet to the fire in January to ensure that measures like bail reform and legalizing marijuana are swiftly enacted into law.

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Abortion rights likely a first order of business in the New York State Senate in January

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One of the first items expected to be voted on when the state legislature convenes for the 2019 session is the Reproductive Health Act. It would codify the abortion rights in the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade into New York State law.

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