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Pay commission controversy continues

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Raise is tied to limit on outside income

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Lawsuit filed over pay raises for lawmakers

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A government reform group has filed a lawsuit to stop a pay raise granted to state lawmakers by a compensation commission. The conservative-leaning Government Justice Center, says the salary increase is unconstitutional because it also “radically changes the rules surrounding serving in the state Legislature”. The group filed papers in State Supreme Court in Albany on Friday morning.

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Pay Commission issues final report

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he backs a pay commission’s recommendation that he and the legislature receive a more than 60% pay increase over the next three years, which would make Cuomo the highest paid governor in the nation.

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Legal marijuana law should include reparations, supporters say

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People who support legalizing recreational marijuana for adults in New York say 2019 may be the year that it happens. At a conference to explore the best way to craft legislation, participants said it needs to include reparative justice for communities most adversely affected by the decades-long marijuana prohibition in New York.

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Pay raise for lawmakers

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Also, are there enough school psychologists in NY?

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Advocates applaud Regents school aid increase request

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The state Board of Regents recommends that an additional $2.1 billion dollars be spent on schools next year and that a 12-year-old court order to fully fund schools be phased in over the next three years. The proposal is being applauded by school funding advocacy groups.

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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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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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Tuesday features intense battle for the State Senate

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Democrats are leading in the polls in New York’s statewide races for governor, attorney general, and comptroller.

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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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