Democrats Frustrated by Governor Backing Off Party's Issues

Gotham Gazette

by David Howard King, Mar 26, 2015

On Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the DREAM Act and the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) he had paired were no longer part of budget negotiations. For many Black and Latino legislators the news was painful - they had pushed Cuomo to include the DREAM Act as part of his budget after he and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul campaigned on the issue across the city this summer. But there was also a sinking sense of deja vu.

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L train riders fed up with delays, look to Cuomo for help

Ridgewood Times

BY ANTHONY GIUDICE

In recent weeks, the L train has suffered from hour-long delays, overcrowded platforms and other service problems. Riders Alliance member Alexis Saba shared her experience with transit delays. “On [March 17], I waited forever on the L train before we actually left,” she said. “When we finally left, the train crawled to Bedford, and were told that a rail was out and that Bedford was the last stop—and I couldn’t physically get out of the Bedford station due to the crowds.”

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Regents role in evaluating teachers is focus as school aid is ‘delinked’ in Albany - Buffalo News by Tom Precious

Senate Education Committee Chairman John J. Flanagan, R-East Northport, said turning to the Board of Regents is a possibility. “They do set educational policy,” he said, adding that discussions are continuing about not only who should devise changes to the evaluations, but how teachers are rated based on considerations such as how many disabled and English language learners they teach and the level of poverty in a school.

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Newsday - Flanagan: Can't wait until June for school aid totals

March 25, 2015 by Yancey Roy / yancey.roy@newsday.com

Though lawmakers might punt the controversial teacher evaluation process until  June, a key state senator said Wednesday they likely will settle the school aid issue now.

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Join The Women's Equality Campaign In New York State

     Recently, the New York State Assembly took action on a component of the Senate's Women’s Equality Agenda by approving important anti-trafficking legislation (S.7).  This legislation is a part of an eight-point plan that t

Senator Serrano Fights for State Parks Funding

Senator Serrano Leads Sign-On Letter With Colleagues Urging the Governor & Legislative Leaders to Maintain Proposed Parks Funding

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT SEX OFFENDERS FROM LIVING IN COMMUNITY RESIDENCES WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) said the New York State Senate passed legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living with individuals with developmental disabilities in community residences operated or licensed by the state. The bill (S2885) strengthens current protections and helps ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities are living in a safe environment.

Currently, registered sex offenders are permitted to reside in facilities that provide supervised residence for individuals with developmental disabilities. This bill would prohibit registered sex offenders from residing in a community residence operated or licensed by the state Office of Mental Health or the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL EXPEDITING INVESTIGATIONS OF MISSING CHILDREN

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation that would expedite access to critical information in missing child cases. The bill (S3520A) is in response to a recent tragic child abuse case in Albany County and would help provide child abuse and maltreatment records to law enforcement agencies when that information is needed to find a missing child.

In December 2014, five-year-old Kenneth White was reported missing by his older cousin, who was watching him at the time. She claimed two masked men entered the house where Kenneth and his two siblings lived with their custodial aunt and abducted the boy.

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