"The Republican opposition to our strong ethics package -- sponsored by myself and Senator Sampson -- and the fact that our conference was down one vote today means we will have to wait for passage. While it is frustrating to wait, I strongly believe it is better to be able to pass our whole reform package – made up of two crucial bills – than to vote today on a piece of the package and come away with only half the changes we need."
ALBANY— Republicans in the State Senate blocked a plan to overhaul the state’s ethics laws Thursday night, the latest blow to attempts to reform New York’s scandal-prone government.
he vote was taken at a special session of the State Senate as lawmakers also returned to the capital to confirm new leaders for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the state Insurance Department.
Endangered health clinics in four public schools will be open when students return to class today, thanks to an emergency infusion of cash from the state government.
The four clinics located in elementary and middle schools in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill and Park Slope are run by Long Island College Hospital, which said it had to close the centers because they lose $300,000 per year.
Tuesday, September 8th 2009, 5:41 PMFour school health clinics run by embattled Long Island College Hospital got a shot in the arm last week as state officials announced a deal to keep them open this school year.
Cash-strapped LICH closed the clinics, which serve six Brooklyn public schools, this summer to save $300,000 a year.
Brooklyn’s unemployment numbers for the first half of the year are discouraging %u2013 over 10 percent of the population %u2013 and state labor workers warn that a crisis could be coming if unemployment benefits are not extended.
While not quite the new sheriff of Albany, recently elected State Senator Daniel Squadron is beginning to make an impact on possible reforms in Albany.
The freshman lawmaker who was elected last year representing parts of lower Manhattan along withBrooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens has introduced several bills that have longtime Albany watchdog groups wagging their tail.