It also means inherent resistance to change, because we have a partisan-driven election administration. The commissioners who serve on the Board of Elections split evenly between Democrats and Republicans; our laws require that the staff is duplicated. We’re paying double, not because these people have extensive election experience, but because they are the sister-in-law of an important party official, or were the party treasurer, and they can be reliably trusted. It’s a patronage mill. That isn’t to say that there aren’t good people involved but again, why are they chosen to work for the Board of Elections? … [Read more...] about Why Are New York’s Voting Laws So Terrible?
PREDATORY SEXUAL ASSAULT (Mimi Haley/Annabella Sciorra), in violation of Penal Law §130.95(2), committed as follows: The defendant, in the County of New York, on or about July 10, 2006, committed the crime of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree as defined in Penal Law §130.50(1), in that he engaged in oral sexual conduct by forcible compulsion with a person known the Grand Jury, to wit, contact between the defendant’s mouth and the vagina of the person known to the Grand Jury, and he engaged in conduct constituting the crime of Rape in the First Degree, Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, and Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, as defined in Article 130 of the Penal Law against one or more additional persons. *If you find the defendant guilty of Count One, Predatory Sexual Assault, then do not consider Count Three. If you find the defendant not guilty of Count One, Predatory Sexual Assault in the First Degree, for the reason that the People have failed … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein Trial: New York Charges Explained
MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The state may be facing the worst flu season on record, with more than 17,000 new flu cases confirmed just last week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say nationwide a “second wave” of flu is hitting the United States, and they are urging people to take action, reports CBS2’s Tony Aiello. … [Read more...] about ‘Second Wave’ Of Dangerous Flu Hitting New York, Pediatric Deaths On The Rise
When asked if the proposed legislation is going to far, Gonzalez said, “It’s not going too far. We’re heading in that direction anyway. We can’t smoke in restaurants. We can’t smoke in buildings. We can’t smoke inside the theaters. There are parks, there are beaches that you can’t smoke in. We are headed there.” … [Read more...] about Suffolk County To Attempt To Ban Smoking In Private Homes
What happens in the next two months and beyond is anyone’s guess. Democrats could fail to retake the state senate. If they do triumph in November, they will likely have a narrow majority filled with first-time lawmakers determined to rip up the status quo. Cuomo is going to come back more powerful than ever, surely eyeing a presidential run and trying to figure out how to manage a fractious group of Democratic lawmakers who ran against politics-as-usual in Albany. The last decade or so of state politics has been wild, filled with Eliot Spitzer’s resignation in a prostitution scandal, David Paterson’s implosion, a legislative coup that shut down the state government, and eight years of Cuomo skulduggery designed to keep everyone in line. The pot is about to boil over, and riding the coming wave of chaos is going to require some special kind of skill. … [Read more...] about New York Primaries Show Elections Are Still Won on the Ground, Not Online