Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

Albany Out of Order

Written by admin on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

With any luck, Albany may be back to business by the time this paper reaches readers. But no matter how these next few days unfold, the insanity of the past three weeks—which has included chamber lock-outs, dueling sessions and more finger-pointing than a 3rd-grade classroom—has only made more urgent what we already knew: New York [&hellip
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Behind the Curtain

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No matter how the State Senate debacle turns out, one thing is for sure: the curtain has been lifted, and what we are seeing is truly disgusting. Think about the words “representative government.” The word “representative” has two important components: “re” and “present.” Yet it turns out that the last thing the Democrats or Republicans [&hellip
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SENATORS URGE NEW HOUSING LAWS

Written by admin on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit

West Side State Sens. Eric Schneiderman, Bill Perkins and Tom Duane, along with several of their colleagues, urged the passage of pro-tenant housing laws. In February, the Democratic-dominated Assembly passed a package of housing bills that would, among other things, end vacancy decontrol, restore home rule for housing regulations in New York City and increase [&hellip
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ALBANY MOVES ON RENT LAW

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The Assembly passed the first broad package of bills revising the state’s rent regulation laws last week. Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal drafted a bill hat would lift the $2,000 cap on protecting rent regulated apartments. Currently, landlords can remove apartments from rent regulation if the rent is $2,000 or more a month, and then rent [&hellip
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MTA TO ALBANY: S.O.S.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority took heat last week after adopting a budget that raises fares and cuts services. But MTA chief executive Elliot Sander mirrors the opinion of angry straphangers who feel the budget cuts are draconian—and says the state needs to step in and help out. The budget proposal, which raises the base fare [&hellip
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OUR ELECTION PICKS

Written by admin on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column

Over the last two years, we as a country have had the enjoyment of watching a good old fashioned, competitive presidential election. Here in Manhattan, though, we’ve missed out. Our races for Congress and State Legislature, especially during the primaries, have been lackluster at best and devoid of competition at worst. This isn’t good for [&hellip
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