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05.14.15 Liam Mathews

A bill passed in the New York State Senate on Wednesday that would allow canine dining companions at restaurants with outdoor seating, the New York Post reports. The way the law currently stands, a restaurant that serves food near pets risks losing its operating license, but people with dogs often still sit at sidewalk or […]

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12.11.13 Andy Cush

This morning, New York State Senator Liz Krueger announced legislation that would legalize cannabis for recreational use in New York. The bill, called the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, would tax and regulate weed in a way that Krueger says is similar to alcohol. ANIMAL spoke to Krueger on the steps of City Hall, discussing […]

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12.09.13 Andy Cush

New York State Senator Liz Krueger, long a supporter of legalizing cannabis, will introduce a bill to legalize the plant for recreational use in New York this week. “We see the bill as the starting point for the conversation about a more rational marijuana policy, [one] that doesn’t result in a system that costs taxpayers […]

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03.28.13 Andy Cush

We’re one step closer to getting weed legalized for medical use in our great state: a bill introduced into the New York State Assembly and Senate by a 50-strong bipartisan coalition would allow approved patients to carry up to two and a half ounces of bud, and would regulation the creation of for-profit and not-for-profit dispensaries. […]

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07.31.09 Will Sherman

State Senator Hiram Monserrate faces a September trial after losing his bid to dismiss charges that he slashed his girlfriend, Karla Giraldo, with a broken glass. The judge also rejected the disgraced politician’s attempt to suppress his girlfriend’s initial claim that he attacked her, as well as surveillance footage showing Monserrate dragging her screaming from […]

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07.22.09 Will Sherman

After scoring the the attendance records of City Councilmembers, the Post tallies up state legislative sessions absences. The state’s 62 senators only missed 1 in 10 meetings at most, while 14 of the 150 state assemblymembers skipped more than that. Queens assembly member Ann-Margaret Carrozza barely showed up a third of the time the chamber […]

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07.17.09 Will Sherman

A new law takes aim at distracted drivers, banning motorists from text messaging and using other electronic devices, when it goes into effect this November. But unlike the state’s driver cell phone ban, police can only issue the extra $150 fine if a motorist is breaking another law as well, which only diminishes the law’s […]

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06.29.09 Will Sherman

Frustrated by the State Senate deadlock, which could cost him control of city schools if they don’t vote to extend it by Wednesday morning, Mayor Bloomberg jokingly suggested a solution: making legislator’s home phone numbers and addresses public so that angry New Yorkers could more directly voice their concern. “We’ll give you the numbers of […]

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06.09.09 Will Sherman

The New York State Senate chamber remains locked after two Democrats, Hiram Monserrate and Pedro Espada Jr., switched sides and shifted the majority back to the Republicans in a highly dramatic spectacle. Gotham Gazette has a good summary of what this coup, orchestrated by billionaire businessman politician Tom Golisano, means. |Gotham Gazette| […]

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05.12.09 Will Sherman

Just days before he attacked a NY Post photographer and ripped his car door to pieces, State Police issued a warning about Senator Kevin Parker’s temper to his boss, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith. State troopers were concerned when the senator “angrily confronted a security guard” over a gate in place in an Albany parking […]

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