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State Lawmakers Discuss Grand Jury Reforms Following Garner Case Controversy

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York state lawmakers on Thursday began debating grand jury reforms meant to restore public trust when police are investigated.

The issue got increasing attention following last year’s death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black Staten Island man who got into a videotaped confrontation with white police officers. 611 more words

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Heastie Cites Minimum Wage, NYC Rent Rules Among Top Priorities As Assembly Speaker

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), the new speaker of the New York State Assembly, said Thursday that raising the minimum wage, expanding higher education access and protecting New York City’s rent rules have emerged as his priorities as he settles into his position. 222 more words

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Former NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Indicted On 3 Charges

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was indicted Thursday on three charges after his arrest last month in a federal bribery case… 558 more words

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Ethics Commission Demands Information About Ex-Speaker Silver's Outside Income

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A state ethics commission has sent a notice of delinquency to former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, seeking information about his outside income. 167 more words

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An Influx of Central American Migrant Youth Raises Budgetary Concerns for New York State Funded Organizations

Originally published on September 16, 2014

An increasing number of migrant youth from Central America enter the United States each year in search of their parents, relatives, and a safer living environment. 820 more words

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The New York State Assembly Says They Are Committed to Supporting Migrant Youth From Central America

Originally published on September 16, 2014

On Tuesday, September 16, the New York State Assembly Committee on Social Services and Standing Committee on Children and Families Task Force on New Americans held a public hearing with State agencies to address the influx of migrant youth from Central American countries and to examine the state’s role in caring for youth who enter the United States illegally through the southwestern border. 248 more words

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NY To Pay $545K To Settle Sex Harassment Lawsuit Against Vito Lopez

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York state will pay $545,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by two former legislative staffers who say they were sexually harassed by their boss, former Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez. 423 more words

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