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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano: Lobbyists Must Register with Nassau

April 22nd, 2015

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano:  Lobbyists Must Register with Nassau

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently filed a local law with the County Legislature to require lobbyists for entities seeking contracts with Nassau County government to register with the County Attorney for the first-time in history.  Under the proposed law, contractors and vendors would also be required to disclose their lobbying activities related to […]

Long Island Assemblymembers call on NYS Education Department to release test opt-out numbers

April 15th, 2015

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Long Island Assemblymembers call on NYS Education Department to release test opt-out numbers

Today, Assembly Committee on Education members, New York State Assemblymen Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) and Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) called on the New York State Education Department (SED) to release the number of students who refused to participate in the state’s English Language Arts test. Based on self-reporting, thousands of New Yorkers are refusing Common […]

Liberty Bell and “Bells Across the Land” Mark 150th Anniversary of End of Civil War

April 9th, 2015

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Liberty Bell and “Bells Across the Land” Mark 150th Anniversary of End of Civil War

Shortly after noon on April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all United States forces, at the home of Wilmer McClean in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Today, wells will ring across the country at 3:15 to commemorate this historic event in American history. Dubbed “Bells […]

Cuomo’s $41 Million Funding Raid Could Have Big Consequences for State Climate Program

April 9th, 2015

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Cuomo’s $41 Million Funding Raid Could Have Big Consequences for State Climate Program

Derek Hawkins | New York News Connection State environmental watchdogs are crying foul over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to pull $41 million from the state’s cap-and-trade program, and placing it in the general fund. Environmental Advocates of New York says money from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is supposed to pay for pollution reduction […]

Calls for Dismissal of Cornell Assistant Dean Joseph Scaffido

March 26th, 2015

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Calls for Dismissal of Cornell Assistant Dean Joseph Scaffido

Joseph Scaffido, Assistant Dean at Cornell University, is captured on hidden camera advising a Project Veritas investigative journalist on how to start and fund a pro-ISIS club on campus, how to obtain funding to send care packages to ISIS and Hamas, and astonishingly, how to bring a member of ISIS to Cornell to run a […]

Health System Failing Young Black Men: Report

March 21st, 2015

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Health System Failing Young Black Men: Report

Derek Hawkins | New York News Connection New York spends more money on health care than almost any other state, but a new report finds that it’s not reaching one group in particular, young black men. Researchers from the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that African American men in their teens and 20s […]

Report Finds LGBT Women Face Higher Risk of Poverty

March 21st, 2015

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Report Finds LGBT Women Face Higher Risk of Poverty

Derek Hawkins | New York News Connection More than 15 percent of New Yorkers live in poverty, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender women are among those most at risk, according to a new report. The findings were released by a broad coalition of organizations including the National Women’s Law Center. Fatima Goss Graves, that […]

Caregiver Support Bill Hinges on Cuomo, Assembly Nod

March 21st, 2015

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Caregiver Support Bill Hinges on Cuomo, Assembly Nod

Derek Hawkins | New York News Connection When patients are discharged from the hospital, their home caregivers don’t always receive training in how to perform important follow-up tasks such as administering medicine. A new bill would require hospitals to show caregivers how to do that kind of work, but it’s up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s […]

Following Probe, Hempstead School District Lifts Barriers to Immigrant Enrollment

March 16th, 2015

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Following Probe, Hempstead School District Lifts Barriers to Immigrant Enrollment

Derek Hawkins | New York News Connection A New York school district has agreed to end policies that made it difficult – and in some cases impossible – for immigrant children to enroll as students, following an investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In an agreement with Schneiderman, the Hempstead Union Free School District will […]

Report: State-Funded Health Care Would Save New York $45 Billion

March 16th, 2015

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Report: State-Funded Health Care Would Save New York $45 Billion

Derek Hawkins | New York News Connection New York could save $45 billion a year in health care costs if it adopted a so-called “single-payer” insurance program. That’s according to a new report from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which looked at the economic impact of a bill in the state assembly that would […]

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Eyes New Email Policy After Purging Controversy

March 16th, 2015

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo Eyes New Email Policy After Purging Controversy

Derek Hawkins | New York News Connection NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to meet with lawmakers and other state officials to come up with a new policy for retaining official email correspondence, following controversy over his own practice of purging email messages after 90 days. An administration spokesperson said Cuomo wants to come […]

Long Island GOP State and Assembly Members Split on NYS Budget POV

March 12th, 2015

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Long Island GOP State and Assembly Members Split on NYS Budget POV

Today,  New York State has passed it’s 2015 Budget Resolution.  The Senate Budget addresses the priorities of Long Island families. However, the document now becomes the framework for budget negotiations with the Assembly and the Governor towards completing the NY State Budget.  And that’s where the difference lies. State Senator LaValle said, “In January, I […]

Veto Message to the Senate: S. 1, Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act

February 24th, 2015

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Veto Message to the Senate: S. 1, Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act

TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES: I am returning herewith without my approval S. 1, the “Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.” Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest. The Presidential power to […]

Long Island Republicans Urge Governor Cuomo to Release School Aid Numbers

February 24th, 2015

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Long Island Republicans Urge Governor Cuomo to Release School Aid Numbers

  GOP Assemblymembers highlight the need to disclose important school aid information   Long Island GOP Aseemblymembers held a press conference regarding the governor’s decision to withhold important school aid information. Assembly Minority Members Al Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook) and Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) are all members of the Assembly Committee on Education. “The decision to withhold this […]

Middle East: Turkish Military Enters Syria

February 22nd, 2015

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Middle East: Turkish Military Enters Syria

  The New York Times reports that the Turkish Army launched an operation into Syria to evacuate soldiers guarding the Tomb of Suleyman Shah, which has been besieged by Islamic State militants, and move the tomb’s remains, an official and Turkish news media reported on Sunday. The Turkish Government released the following Press Release, No: […]

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