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Crystal Peoples-Stokes, a Buffalo Democrat, has been named majority leader of the New York State Assembly. Speaker Carl Heastie made the announcement Monday morning.

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It’s been 20 years since the governor and the Legislature in New York received a pay raise. But that might be changing in January. A panel formed to determine future pay for lawmakers is holding hearings and will make a recommendation by Dec. 10.


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The former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday  after being convicted for a second time on federal corruption charges.

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State Senator Catharine Young is hoping this is the year the School Bus Camera Safety Act finally passes in Albany.

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A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government. 

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In the midst of a national debate on immigration, the New York State Assembly this week passed a bill to give children of undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for college.


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The U.S. Senate plans to use procedural maneuvers to technically stay in session even when senators eventually go home for the Labor Day recess. Their intent is to prevent President Donald Trump from making any unwelcome recess appointments while they are away. In Albany, taking steps to keep the legislative chambers open is nothing new.


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Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was  sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday and told by a federal judge that he must give back $5 million that he stole from the public, as well a pay another $1.75 million in fines.


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A lawmaker who was one of New York's most powerful politicians has been convicted by a federal jury of charges that he used the power of his office to earn $5 million illegally. 


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A Niagara County state assemblyman announced Tuesday he is changing his party affiliation. John Ceretto is switching from the Republican to the Democratic conference.

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The State Assembly will likely take up legalizing mixed martial arts in 2016, according to Speaker Carl Heastie.

Heastie elected new Assembly speaker

Feb 3, 2015
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The New York state Assembly has elected Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie as its speaker, making him the first African-American to lead the body. 

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The race to replace the disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seems all but over, with the Assembly’s Majority Leader Joe Morelle ending his bid for the job and throwing his support to Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie. A vote could be held as early as next week.

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New York State Assemblyman Mickey Kearns claims "People knew Sheldon Silver was corrupt" and says he has long sought the removal of the State Assembly Speaker from office. Kearns comments follow word that Silver will step down as Speaker on Monday as he faces federal corruption charges.


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Six area Assembly members have banded together to call for the resignation of Speaker Sheldon Silver, following his arrest on Thursday on corruption charges. They say the business of the people is at stake.

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest and $3.8 million in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized as federal prosecutors accuse the Speaker of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrested on corruption charges

Jan 22, 2015
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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position as one of the most powerful men in Albany to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.

Western New York Assemblyman Michael Kearns says he is quitting his Democratic conference based on the way Speaker Sheldon Silver handled the scandal involving disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

The New York State Assembly voted by 95 to 40 Wednesday to ban hydrofracking in New York for at least another two years.