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State Senate Confirms First Gay Judge on NYS’ Highest Court

State Senate Confirms First Gay Judge on NYS’ Highest Court

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Republican-controlled State Senate approved an out gay man to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest bench, just days after he was nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo. “I’m overjoyed that Judge Paul Feinman has been confirmed by the State Senate to the New York State Court […]

Childhood Sex Abuse Survivor Justice Alive in Albany’s Waning Days

Childhood Sex Abuse Survivor Justice Alive in Albany’s Waning Days

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Legislators aiming to relax New York’s unusually stringent statute of limitations on sexual abuse of minors remain hopeful that, with the State Assembly already having taken action, the State Senate could yet follow suit before the session ends next week. According to out gay West Side Senator Brad Hoylman, “The governor’s office […]

Push to Close Hate Crime Law Loophole

Push to Close Hate Crime Law Loophole

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A member of the State Assembly has introduced legislation that would allow judges to bar criminal defendants from claiming they belong to one of the protected classes in New York’s hate crime law when they are being prosecuted for a crime against a member of that protected class. The legislation is […]

Deadlines Loom on Sex Abuse Survivor Relief

Deadlines Loom on Sex Abuse Survivor Relief

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the deadline approaches for victims of sexual abuse by local priests to file claims under a special fund established by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, legislators in Albany looking to provide more broad-based relief to survivors are scrambling to move bills through the State Senate and Assembly in advance […]

With Anger and Determination, Chelsea Vigil Remembers Mx Bostick

With Anger and Determination, Chelsea Vigil Remembers Mx Bostick

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Eight days after the May 4 death of Mx Bostick, a transgender Chelsea resident who suffered a blow to the head on April 25, more than 100 transgender New Yorkers and their allies gathered at the site of the crime to honor Bostick’s memory and demand action on issues from police responsiveness […]

GOP, Rogue Senate Dems Nix Pulse Memorial Funds

GOP, Rogue Senate Dems Nix Pulse Memorial Funds

BY ANDY HUMM | Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget allocated a million dollars for his proposed memorial to the victims of the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre and other hate crimes to be sited in Hudson River Park west of Greenwich Village. A design competition has already been conducted for the memorial, though no winner […]

Protesters Target Cuomo on Housing Promises 

Protesters Target Cuomo on Housing Promises 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A March 13 protest by AIDS and housing advocates outside the Midtown office of Governor Andrew Cuomo ended in 10 arrests, as demonstrators unfurled two banners across Third Avenue, blocking traffic. The demonstrators focused on what they say are inadequate efforts by both the state and city to curb a spiraling […]

Cuomo Tacks Left, But Picks Dolan for Interfaith Panel

Cuomo Tacks Left, But Picks Dolan for Interfaith Panel

BY ANDY HUMM | New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, up for re-election next year and among those mentioned as a possible Democratic nominee for president in 2020 despite his protestations to the contrary, opened 2017 by tacking left on some issues. He stood with Bernie Sanders announcing free tuition at public colleges for students whose […]

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Hate crimes have surged in New York City during this divisive election year – and show no signs of letting up – but authorities at the state and local levels are mobilizing to address the problem. The NYPD has logged 35 percent more bias crimes so far this year over the […]

With Sorrow, Anger, But Also Upbeat Determination, AIDS Memorial Dedicated

With Sorrow, Anger, But Also Upbeat Determination, AIDS Memorial Dedicated

BY NATHAN RILEY | Sunny skies at the December 1 opening of the NYC AIDS Memorial Park in the West Village put the 18-foot steel canopy design on display like a bride or groom shown off at their best. Located in the new St. Vincent’s Triangle Park that once housed utility equipment for the adjacent […]

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