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N.Y. assemblyman sanctioned for making sexual comments to staff

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- New York Assemblyman Micah Kellner has been sanctioned after an investigation determined he sexually harassed staff members, state officials said.

NYC philanthropist arrested for political corruption

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A New York politico and philanthropist has been arrested and charged with fraud relating to illegal campaign contributions, police said.
New York approves $9 minimum wage

New York approves $9 minimum wage

ALBANY, N.Y., March 29 (UPI) -- The New York Legislature approved a $135 billion budget that included a $9 minimum wage and a middle-class tax rebate paid for by the "millionaires tax."

N.Y. Senate approves Mixed Martial Arts

ALBANY, N.Y., March 7 (UPI) -- A bill legalizing professional mixed martial arts was approved by the New York state Senate, and goes to the Assembly, which has rejected the idea in the past.

State funds said used to settle sex suits

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Records indicating the speaker of the New York Assembly used public money to settle a harassment suit against a fellow member has created an uproar.

N.Y. Republicans oppose marijuana proposal

ALBANY, N.Y., June 7 (UPI) -- New York state Senate Republicans oppose Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to decriminalize open possession of small amounts of marijuana, a GOP lawmaker said.
Mixed martial arts fails to win OK in N.Y.

Mixed martial arts fails to win OK in N.Y.

ALBANY, N.Y., May 8 (UPI) -- Ultimate Fighting Championship, the biggest organizer of mixed martial arts, criticized a decision to delay a vote on the sport in the New York Legislature.

Collins' 'Antichrist' gaffe may hurt hopes

BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- New York gubernatorial hopeful Chris Collins may have torpedoed his hopes by comparing a Jewish politician to Adolf Hitler and the Antichrist, analysts say.

New York Senate leader won't run again

ALBANY, N.Y., June 24 (UPI) -- The New York state Legislature's highest ranking Republican announced Monday he will not seek re-election in November.
New York politics sour over traffic poll

New York politics sour over traffic poll

ALBANY, N.Y., April 8 (UPI) -- New York state politics got ugly following the death of a plan to impose a traffic toll in Manhattan, with officials exchanging barbs, legislators observed.

Trouble after a night at intern's place

ALBANY, N.Y., May 4 (UPI) -- The New York Assembly censured its first member, a Buffalo lawmaker who spent the night in an intern's bedroom.

New York comptroller expected to resign

ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- New York State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi plans to resign and plead guilty to charges of misappropriation of state workers, a report said Thursday. The felony charges stem from Hevesi's alleged use of state workers as personal aides and chauffeurs for his

Giuliani opened downtown despite danger

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A 2001 memo reveals then New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani re-opened sections of downtown Manhattan weeks after the 9/11 attacks despite knowing the air was toxic. The New York Post published a CBS News report that said the city's Department of Environmental P

Pataki vetoes minimum wage bill

ALBANY, N.Y., July 30 (UPI) -- New York Gov. George Pataki has vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum wage in the state to $7.15 by 2007.

New Yorkers blame gov. for school problems

NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- New Yorkers blame Gov. George Pataki most for delays in solving the problem financing the state's schools, a poll released Wednesday indicates.

N.Y. Assemblyman who resigned to run again

ALBANY, N.Y., June 2 (UPI) -- A New York State Assembly member who resigned after pleading guilty to falsely billing the state for travel expense says he will seek re-election.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

U.S.-born giant panda, Hua Mei, has arrived in China to take a special sex education course and go on "four blind dates" -- hoping to get lucky.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

Watercooler Stories

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons faces a subpoena for failing to disclose how much money he spent lobbying.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

Pennsylvania has money to spare

ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- When state legislatures convene in January, most will be looking for money to balance their budgets and when they're done with that they'll try to raise taxes t
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

Pataki urges reflection on Sept. 11

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- New York's Gov. George Pataki Friday said he wants people to remember the events of Sept. 11 in a low-key way, and for New Yorkers to observe four moments of silence and at 10:29, the moment the second Twin Tower collapsed, for all bells in the state to t

Of Human Interest: News-lite

Gov. George Pataki of New York presides over an almost $90 billion budget and New York state Speaker Sheldon Silver has to vote to approve it. But the two politicians are a bit more frugal when it comes to spending their own money.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

Tammany's Town: Balanced budget follies

NEW YORK, May 17 (UPI) -- The political alliance between New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Gov. George Pataki held firm throughout the budgeting process in Albany. Bloom
JAMES B. CHAPIN, UPI National Political Analyst

Living-Today: Issues of modern living

HOUSE CLEANING The U.S. EPA told New York state lawmakers last Friday that it's considering paying for cleaning contaminated dust from apartments near where the World Trade Center once stood.
By United Press International

EPA considers cleaning WTC apts

NEW YORK, April 13 (UPI) -- For the first time following the collapse of the World Trade Center the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said at a state Assembly hearing Friday that it is

Capital Comment for Feb. 6

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- News, notes, political rumors, and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press International
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