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Politics and Elections

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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"Blue Wave" hits New York

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Cuomo rolls; Democrats pick up numerous senate seats

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State Senate poised to make history in January with first African American female leader

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Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart –Cousins, who will become the first woman and African American woman to lead the New York State Senate come January, says she hopes to take action quickly on long-stalled measures in the Senate. She predicts that by the 2020 Presidential election, New Yorker s will finally have early voting.

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Delgado turns NY19 blue

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Defeats incumbent Republican Faso.

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Democrats poised to take over the State Senate

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Democrats are claiming control of the New York State Senate, with several seats now leaning toward the party's candidates.

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