ALBANY – Lots of major fiscal and policy items will get approved at the state Capitol over the next six months now that Democrats control both the legislative and executive branches in New York. That’s a given. The Democrats, from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on down, are going to get their work done efficiently against a backdrop of a new harmony in Albany to create this kumbaya period. That would be silly talk. If there is something unavoidable when Democrats control the government, as any Democratic official will say, it is the prospect for some political wildfire, some internecine warfare, to erupt at a moment’s notice that could lead to setbacks during what Cuomo has already predicted will be a “historic” 2019 session. “Like any new relationship, any marriage, whatever, it requires work, and we’re ready to do the work with our partners in government to make sure the ship sails smoothly," said state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins. "I anticipate it … [Read more...] about Harmony is far from assured as Democrats take charge in Albany
ALBANY – In his sophomore year at D’Youville College, Tim Kennedy was hiking with other students through a rain forest in Panama when his professor, Dr. Olga Karman, asked him if he ever envisioned a life in politics. “I think about it every day,’’ Kennedy recalled telling her. “Her answer was transformational: ‘Start volunteering.’ I took that advice,’’ Kennedy said last week. By that late summer of 1996, Kennedy dove into political volunteering, helping Buffalo Democrats with names like Higgins, Mahoney and Kane among others. In turn, they would eventually help propel a kid from a blue-collar household in South Buffalo into his own public service career. Kennedy, a state senator who represents a large area of Buffalo and several southern and eastern suburbs, this week joined his fellow Democrats in moving from the minority of the State Senate into the majority. As a result, Kennedy has become an overnight power broker in not … [Read more...] about Tim Kennedy: From South Buffalo roots to Albany power broker
ALBANY – Does Albany have a new sheriff? For years, tackling Albany’s corruption has usually fallen to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, which has prosecuted scandal-ridden lawmakers and led the Buffalo Billion probe. Through much of it, the Legislature has been largely on the sidelines. Now, a 31-year-old assemblyman who will become a state senator in a couple weeks aims to push the Legislature into a role it has largely avoided in recent years: government accountability. James Skoufis, an Orange County Democrat, was named this week as the new chairman of the Senate's Investigations and Government Operations Committee. Immediately out of the box, Skoufis reminded Albany his committee holds subpoena power, and he won't be afraid to use it to compel witnesses to testify about suspected cases of government waste and abuse. He promises to shake up the moribund committee's portfolio, and he believes there needs to be new transparency and oversight of the state's … [Read more...] about New senator says he has ‘independence and stomach’ to take on Albany corruption
Dec 13, 1:28 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Pritha Paul @ZiggyZina143 11/21/18 AT 10:38 PM Update: 11:05 p.m. EST - Amtrak tweeted the mechanical issue had been solved and the replacement train was running on a delayed schedule to transport the passengers to New York. “The transfer is now complete. Train 68 is now on the move currently operating about 3hr 15min late,” the tweet said, requesting passengers to check the company’s website for further updates.Original story: An Amtrak train on its way to New York City on Wednesday came to a stop south of Albany-Rensselaer (ALB) after its engine car separated from the rest of the train due to “mechanical issues.”“Amtrak train 68, the Adirondack traveling from Montreal to New York Penn Station, experienced a mechanical issue when two of the cars separated near Albany Wednesday night, around 7:22 p.m. [EST]. There were … [Read more...] about Amtrak Train Separates Near Albany, New York, Engine Detaches
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper New York | Albany Lawmakers May Get Their First Raise in 20 Years. Do They Deserve One? Supported by A special committee has recommended a $50,000 raise by 2021, coupled with a cap on outside income. ByJesse McKinley Dec. 9, 2018 Considering Albany’s rotten reputation, the idea of giving New York’s 213 elected lawmakers a raise is a tough sell. On Thursday, they took a giant step toward that goal when a four-person commission get a hefty raise: a $30,500 hike next year, bringing their base pay to $110,000. Two more raises of $10,000 per year will follow in 2020 and 2021. Albany’s elected officials currently make $79,500 a year, before various perks and stipends, a salary that hasn’t budged in nearly 20 years, when Gov. George E. Pataki approved a salary hike in exchange for the creation … [Read more...] about Albany Lawmakers May Get Their First Raise in 20 Years. Do They Deserve One?