New York State Assembly

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Minority party Republicans in the New York State Assembly have a new leader. The change comes as new details become public about the DWI arrest of his predecessor.

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Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, who was arrested New Year’s Eve for drunken driving, has resigned his leadership post, saying he does not want his personal challenges to "distract from the goals" of the Republicans in the Assembly. Kolb has served as minority leader for 10 years and will remain a member of the Assembly.

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Jon Rivera, an administrator in Erie County’s Department of Public Works, is now vying to become Buffalo’s Assembly member.

 

Rivera, a special assistant to the Erie County commissioner of Public Works, announced his candidacy for the 149th State Assembly District on Friday. A Democrat, he’ll look to replace fellow Democrat Sean Ryan, who is vacating the seat to run for state Senate.

 

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A Buffalo Public Schools teacher is planning a run for state Assembly. 

Sean Kaczmarek, an English as a new language teacher at P.S. 45 International School, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 149th Assembly District that covers much of the city of Buffalo. He’ll look to replace Sean Ryan, a Democrat who is vacating the seat in order to run for state Senate.

 


A measure in the New York State Assembly has been introduced by Northern Brooklyn representative Joseph Lentol that would establish mental health community clinics across New York State. The bill aims to increase accessibility to care, especially for those living in poverty. But there are other challenges that clinicians alone may not be able to help.

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A former college football player suffering from early dementia is among those urging New York State legislators to ban tackle football for children 12 and younger.

Following a spirited debate, the New York State Assembly approved a bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. It’s not a done deal though, and it faces resistance in the State Senate.


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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw released a report Thursday detailing his concerns with a Democrat-proposed bill which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

A bill to ban marksmanship and shooting programs in New York State schools is making its way through the state Assembly. But many upstate representatives in athletics, government, and anti-gun violence advocacy see the bill as a poorly thought out.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo will soon officially announce that special elections to fill 11 vacant seats in the new York State Legislature will take place April 24, a source within state government confirmed Wednesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting pressure from lawmakers and volunteer firefighters to sign legislation providing better coverage for illnesses often associated with firefighting.

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Most members of the New York State Legislature are on summer break, but Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is using the time to tour the region.

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Uber and the NAACP issued a joint report Monday that calls on state lawmakers to approve ride-hailing service - or ride-sharing - across Upstate.

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Top Democrat and Republican members of the Senate and Assembly are not attending Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address.

Mental health professionals would be banned from practicing conversion therapy with patients under the age of 18 for the purpose of changing their sexual orientation under a measure passed by the State Assembly.

New York State's Assembly has passed a measure aimed at preventing discrimination due to a person's gender identity or expression.

MMA supporters hail Assembly move to legalize the sport

Mar 23, 2016
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Supporters of legalized professional mixed martial arts in New York State say the controversial yet popular sport will generate millions of dollars in economic activity, while making the sport safer in a state where it's already been hosted on a strictly amateur - and unregulated - basis.


2016 could be the year in which upstate cities get an economic boost from mixed martial arts. Legislation to legalize the sport passed the State Senate’s Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Tuesday morning.

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Fear of discrimination is an everyday reality in the lives of transgender individuals. The question of whether or not the state Senate will help alleviate that fear with a vote on protection for the rights of transgender individuals remains to be seen.

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Friday marked the start of the 44th annual Lawmakers Legislative Weekend for the Association of Black, Puerto Rican, and Asian members of the state assembly.

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Dumping Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a result of public corruption charges could open the way for more democracy in the Legislature, according to Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan.