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V.I.D. snubs guv, goes Green with Hawkins

V.I.D. snubs guv, goes Green with Hawkins

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  They endorsed charismatic upstart Zephyr Teachout against Andrew Cuomo in the September Democratic primary. And now the Village Independent Democrats are continuing to snub the governor. Last Thursday the historic Reform Democratic club voted to support Howie Hawkins in the Nov. 4 general election. While Teachout was a relative political unknown, […]

Teachout blew out Gov. Cuomo in Village; Won with 68% of votes

Teachout blew out Gov. Cuomo in Village; Won with 68% of votes

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  You might as well just call it Zephyr Village. In the Sept. 9 Democratic primary for governor, upstart candidate Zephyr Teachout scored her highest margin of victory anywhere in the state in Greenwich Village’s 66th Assembly District, taking 68 percent of the vote. According to New York City Board of Election […]

It’s time to reform Albany’s campaign finance system

It’s time to reform Albany’s campaign finance system

BY BRAD HOYLMAN  |  I heard a lot about Albany’s “pay-to-play” culture before I took office as a state Senator last month. Still, it was a culture shock to see it in action. For example, there is a practice that allows lobbyists to call senators off the Senate floor during session for face-to-face meetings about […]

Rent regs fight in home stretch

Rent regs fight in home stretch

BY ROSLYN KRAMER | As the legislative session winds down for a mid-June finish when rent control and stabilization are up for renewal, the Republican-dominated state Senate continues its illustrious tradition of subverting tenant protection. Yes, existing tenant protection laws would stay in place, but so would the overlay of legislative tweaks added over time, […]

Koch and senators say Albany reform must be the priority

Koch and senators say Albany reform must be the priority

By Lincoln Anderson A dozen state Senate Democrats joined former Mayor Ed Koch on Monday to unveil a package of bills that would fulfill Koch’s “New York Uprising Heroes of Reform” pledge, and called on the Senate to make passing the comprehensive legislation its top concern in January. In early 2010, alarmed at Albany’s embarrassing […]