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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 […]

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 […]

Matt McMorrow Joins de Blasio Community Affairs Shop

Matt McMorrow Joins de Blasio Community Affairs Shop

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Matthew McMorrow, a Park Slope gay activist who served as director of government affairs at the Empire State Pride Agenda during the final several years of that group’s existence, has been named a senior advisor in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Affairs Unit. In a written statement due for release on […]

Dem Bid to Recapture State Senate Falters    

Dem Bid to Recapture State Senate Falters    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a year when New York Democrats hoped that with Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket they might finally achieve a goal that has largely eluded them in the past half-century — control of the State Senate — that effort appears to have fallen short. With clear results in […]

New LGBT Voices Emerge on Albany Scene

New LGBT Voices Emerge on Albany Scene

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Ten months after the Empire State Pride Agenda abruptly announced it was folding up its tent and with a presidential election looming that will also determine control of the State Assembly and Senate in Albany, two new political action committees have stepped into what would otherwise have been a political void for […]

In Campaign’s Final Stretch, Cuomo Touches Some LGBT Bases

In Campaign’s Final Stretch, Cuomo Touches Some LGBT Bases

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite the near certainty of his reelection on November 4 –– likely with a comfortable enough margin to keep him near the top of the heap nationwide among Democrats not named Clinton –– Governor Andrew Cuomo has not had an easy time this year with progressives, who are among the party’s […]

Primary & Raucous: Sharp Advocate Divide in Bronx, Queens

Primary & Raucous: Sharp Advocate Divide in Bronx, Queens

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Incumbency means a lot in the New York State Legislature, so it’s not often that voters encounter a serious primary election challenge to a sitting member of the Senate or the Assembly. There are exceptions, though — two years ago, three of the four Republican senators who supported the 2011 marriage […]

Charlie Rangel Goes Ugly in Bronx Senate Race

Charlie Rangel Goes Ugly in Bronx Senate Race

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When veteran Harlem Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel faced stiff — but ultimately unsuccessful — primary opposition from State Senator Adriano Espaillat, in both 2012 and 2014, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, who represents portions of Rangel’s district in the Bronx, endorsed the challenger. So when Rivera drew a challenger in the September […]

Sponsors, Advocates Remain Hopeful on “Conversion Therapy” Ban

Sponsors, Advocates Remain Hopeful on “Conversion Therapy” Ban

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With just two days remaining until the State Legislature in Albany adjourns its 2014 session, the lead Senate sponsor of a bill that would ban mental health professionals from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” with minors remains hopeful that the measure could win approval. “The bill is definitely moving in […]

The Democratic Wing of Albany’s Democratic Party

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the November 2012 election, Democrats won a majority of the seats in the New York State Senate, which is something of a remarkable feat. In the last generation, only for a brief period after the 2008 election have Democrats wielded Senate control. That’s because each chamber of the Legislature dictates […]