ALBANY — Busloads of opponents of natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing were in Albany to hear the state’s top environmental official testify before lawmakers. State lawmakers are expected to question Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens about fracking. One shouting protester confronted Martens before he began his testimony Monday morning. Arun Gandhi, grandson [...]
ALBANY (AP) — A new report says gambling interests spent nearly $50 million on lobbying and campaign contributions in Albany since 2005 and that the flow is accelerating as New York considers the expansion of casino gambling. The advocacy group Common Cause, which favors public campaign financing, says it tallied $40 million worth of lobbying [...]
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced the completion of major restoration projects at the New York State Capitol. Included is the installation of museum-quality exhibits, featuring many artifacts never before publicly displayed, that tell the history of New York. Cuomo commemorated the occasion with a ribbon-cutting and the unveiling of the restored Assembly skylight. [...]
ALBANY — The effort to legalize gay marriage in New York is getting an all-out lobbying effort from Democrats and celebrities, but there’s still no sign of wavering among a critical bloc of Senate Republicans who led the defeat of the measure and blunted national momentum two years ago.
ALBANY — Computer professionals from around New York are gathering in Albany this week for updates on what conference organizers call an evolving and growing threat to cyber security with an increasing portion of America’s economy and society now online.
ALBANY — The former chairman of the Republican National Committee is pushing GOP senators in Albany to legalize gay marriage. Former Chairman Ken Mehlman, who presided during the administration of President George W. Bush …
ALBANY — New Yorkers long fed up with the behavior of politicians in Albany are expected to get a chance to tweet their opinions on myriad bills aimed at cleaning up state government. New York’s Senate Democrats plan what they claim will be the first ethics discussion …
ALBANY — Environmental groups from across New York rallied at the state Capitol on Monday, calling on lawmakers to protect the environment and the public against potential hazards related to high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region …
ALBANY — The big dance, Albany style, is beginning. The Republican-led Senate and Democrat-led Assembly on Tuesday each proposed in their versions of the state budget to restore some school aid cut in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s spending plan.
ALBANY — More than 100 protesters chanting opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to cut program funding for the poor coupled with tax breaks for the rich have vowed to return to Albany after their demonstration blocked central stairs and hallways in the Capitol for an hour.
ALBANY — The public is getting a rare opportunity to see some of New York state’s most significant artifacts, including the documents that first exposed Benedict Arnold as a traitor and an original handwritten draft of George Washington’s Farewell Address.
ALBANY — For most of the past five decades, individual members of New York’s state Legislature, although reviled as a group, could relax and count on the perks and power of office to continue their better than 90-percent return rate. Those days may be gone.