New York State

New York State

Al Taylor has come around on New York’s Equality Amendment

The Assembly member and New York City Council candidate said his personal views should not “overrule the right for someone else to make their own decisions.”

Policy

The quest to end legal protections for public employees in NY – and not just police

Repealing qualified immunity, an issue that most often comes up with employees of public schools, is a priority for some state Democratic lawmakers.

Interviews & Profiles

How crypto can right the failures of the traditional financial system

Rep. Ritchie Torres, who represents the South Bronx – one of the poorest areas in the country – sees the digital asset as a plus for his community.

Interviews & Profiles

A look at how cryptocurrency benefits New York

John Olsen, New York state’s lead for the Blockchain Association, said it’s time to talk to policymakers about the “breadth and diversity of the industry, as opposed to just talking about bitcoin or bitcoin mining.”

Policy

‘That era is over.’ Hochul touts support for law enforcement

Riding the high of recent positive polling, the governor wants more money for police and more discretion for judges deciding whether to set bail.

Interviews & Profiles

Putting a pause on crypto in New York

Assembly Member Anna Kelles wants to study the industry during this break.

Interviews & Profiles

Is there still reason to hope that crypto can benefit New York?

In a Q&A, Assembly Member Clyde Vanel remains optimistic because the strong companies will survive this downturn.

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Interviews & Profiles

Amy Paulin has big shoes to fill leading the Assembly Health Committee

In a Q&A, the newly elected chair said she has former Assembly Member Richard Gottfried on speed dial.

Opinion

Opinion: LaSalle’s rejection was a defeat for Albany backroom politics

State Senate Democrats showed a new way to lead that puts people before power.

Opinion

Commentary: Hochul’s grandstanding isn’t doing Latinos any favors

At this point, there is no good outcome for the governor even if she rams her Court of Appeals nominee through the state Senate.

Politics

Can Kathy Hochul really sue the NY Senate over Hector LaSalle?

Suffice to say the words “absurdity” and “constitutional crisis” are being thrown around. A former chief judge says the governor has a case, but others aren’t so sure.

Policy

With tweaks, could Clean Slate have a chance in 2023?

New York lawmakers have been trying to pass legislation to seal old criminal records since 2020 – and this year they’ve made some concessions.