POLITICS 11/07/2018 06:40 pm ET Updated 1 hour ago Taiwanese-American John Liu and Indian American Kevin Thomas will serve in the state senate. By Kimberly Yam The New York State Senate finally has some Asian-American representation. Democrat John Liu, who was born in Taiwan, won the District 11 state Senate seat on Tuesday, defeating three other challengers. Indian-American attorney Kevin Thomas, who immigrated to the U.S. when he was 10 years old, beat out Republican incumbent Kemp Hannon for the state’s District 6 Senate seat. The wins are historic, as the pair are the very first Asian-Americans elected to New York’s state senate. Knocking on doors dressed up as a politician today 😉 #HappyHalloween #Flipitblue pic.twitter.com/HJ0HrnmJkE— Kevin Thomas for State Senate (@KevinThomasNY) October 31, 2018 Thomas told HuffPost that he is “deeply honored, humbled and proud to be the first Indian-American in the the New … [Read more...] about 2 Immigrants Become First Asian-Americans Elected To New York State Senate
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WOMEN 01/15/2019 02:20 pm ET Erica Vladimer, along with six other women, are on the front lines of working to end sexual harassment in New York politics. By Sebastian Murdock Erica Vladimer left New York State politics in 2015 after she was sexually assaulted by a state senator, she alleged in an interview with HuffPost last year. After finally telling her story, Vladimer has returned to the political sphere to help end a pervasive culture of sexual harassment within New York’s Capitol. On April 1, 2015, Vladimer went to a bar with her colleagues and former Democratic state Sen. Jeff Klein following the passage of the year’s state budget. While outside smoking a cigarette, Vladimer said Klein forcefully kissed her. She said she could taste his cigarette in her mouth. “All of a sudden there was a hand on the back of my head and he shoved his tongue down my throat,” she told HuffPost last January. “In my head it lasted forever, I … [Read more...] about She Said A New York State Senator Assaulted Her. Now She Fights To Protect Others.
Bill Larkin, who spent four decades in the New York state legislature following a distinguished military career that brought him to the battlefields of World War II and the Korea War, has died, his family announced Sunday. He was 91. “America and the State of New York have lost a dedicated public servant, soldier and statesman,” the family said in a statement. “Our family lost a husband, father grandfather, great-grandfather and so much more.” The Albany legend and legislative war horse died Saturday night, his spokesman Brian Maher said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo lauded Larkin as “a constant force for good” in a statement Sunday. “Senator Larkin led by example every day of his life and was an inspiration to me and countless others who wanted nothing more than to serve the people of this great state and nation,” Cuomo said. “We owe him and his family the greatest debt of gratitude for his heroism and tireless devotion to our country. … [Read more...] about Longtime New York State Senator Bill Larkin dead at 91
Along the Taconic State Parkway, two bridge overpasses hold the names of New York State troopers killed in the line of duty: Trooper Brian Rovnak and Trooper Robert Dunning. Last year, a stretch of Route 30 was named for fallen Trooper David Brinkerhoff. Retired Trooper Jim Sweeney says all state troopers who die in the line of duty should be memorialized. Over the past few years, he has made it his mission to persuade the New York State Legislature to pass a law that makes it easier to get such memorials in place. "This bill doesn't cost the state anything," said Sweeney, who grew up in Flushing and worked as a New York City cop until he was laid off during the fiscal crisis in 1975. The bills Sweeney has been pushing (S-1249 and A-3183) would create a state trooper memorial task force. That commission would set guidelines for memorials. Ideally, the state Transportation Department would be able to install memorial plaques and signs along the highways. Under the … [Read more...] about Retired state trooper pushing New York State Legislature to help memorials
Ultimate Fighting is down for the count in New York this year. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) spiked a vote on legalizing mixed martial arts in the Empire State after polling his fellow Democrats — and determining there were not enough votes for it to pass. Silver explained the Democratic conference “was pretty evenly divided” — although some said support was much stronger than opposition. A “very, very disappointed” Marc Ratner, vice president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship league, said he was looking for an up-or-down vote. “I feel 150% if we had a vote on the floor of the Assembly, we would win,” Ratner said. “Not to get a vote is un-American.” Silver didn’t rule out passage in the next year or two. “I think it’s evolving," he said. “I don’t think two years ago it was a 50-50 proposition.” Supporters like Assemblyman Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) argued for approval … [Read more...] about Ultimate Fighting loses a round in the New York State Legislature