Albany is in need of serious reform. It’s been known for years, even decades, and is obvious to anyone who pays the slightest bit of attention to our state government.
There appeared to be hope with the 2010 election of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who ran on a reform agenda. But he ended up shutting down his own highly touted investigative body, the Moreland Commission, when its members began to hone in on the root of all problems in Albany: outside money earned by lawmakers, and specifically lawyers who have long claimed they couldn’t disclose details of their work — including their clients — because that would be a breach of lawyer-client privilege. (more…)
In the aftermath of the arrest of one of New York State’s most powerful lawmakers, some local legislators are calling for change while others are remaining silent. (more…)
Speaking before a crowd of more than 250 representatives from schools across Suffolk County Saturday, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) expressed disappointment in the selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. READ
A medical marijuana distribution facility in the San Fernando Valley, California. (Credit: Laurie Avocado, Wikimedia)
While it is not likely to take effect until 2016, New York State is one step closer to allowing patients access to medical marijuana, and that could open the door for a distribution center on the East End.
Tom Schiliro (left) and Anthony Palumbo, who are running for the second district state Assembly seat, debated Monday night in Riverhead. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
The Women’s Equality Act, and specifically, the parts of it dealing with abortion, was a hotly debated issue between the two candidates for the second district state Assembly seat during a debate Monday night at Polish Hall in Riverhead, which was sponsored and moderated by news website RiverheadLocal.com. (more…)
First time homebuyers looking to purchase a house in Southold Town will receive a break on their closing costs under a new state law. (more…)
The Nov. 8 ballot won’t just be about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
There are also races for Congress, State Senate and Assembly, a proposition to extend the Community Preservation Fund, and more.
Tom Schiliro, Democratic candidate for assembly. (Courtesy photo)
Tom Schiliro, the Democratic candidate for the Second New York State Assembly District in the Nov. 4 election, will now also be the Independence Party candidate, if the results of Tuesday’s primary hold up. (more…)
After a challenging campaign in a 2013 special election and in his first re-election bid the following year, Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk) is getting a virtual free pass this time around. His opponent this year has been so inactive, we won’t even bother to mention his name.
Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (right) at a Common Core forum last year in Eastport. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)
There may be another party line on the November ballot for state office seekers.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the GOP challenger facing Governor Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming election, has launched a petition effort to establish a Stop Common Core party line focused on capturing voters unhappy with the controversial Common Core State Standards initiative. (more…)