New York Moves Country Closer to Eliminating the Electoral College

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 11:05 am

In the near future the candidate that actually gets the most votes could be guaranteed to become President instead of using the unfair and insane system we currently have. The New York legislature recently voted overwhelmingly to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The bill only needs to signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Anti-Marriage Equality Judge Robert Smith Accused Of Buying Judgeship

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 1:20 pm

According to 2004 testimony from then Coordinator for Center For Judicial Accountability Elena Sassower before the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee, Smith made inappropriate contributions to Governor George Pataki. Contributions close to $500,000. The contributions came from Smith and his wife over a period of years.

New York Voters Support Marijuana Legalization

By: Monday February 17, 2014 10:05 am

The people of New York want marijuana to be legalized. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 57 percent of New York voters support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Only 39 percent oppose legalizing marijuana possession.

Gov. Cuomo Set to Approve Medical Marijuana With Executive Action

By: Monday January 6, 2014 7:50 am

This is a big deal because New York is the third most populous state and in a single move Cuomo will greatly expand the number of Americans who can theoretically get medical marijuana.

How Sandy Clean-Up Brought Day Laborers Out of the Shadows

By: Saturday November 16, 2013 1:06 pm

When Sandy hit last October, the Northeast shoreline seemed to freeze: people were stranded in flooded homes, businesses shuttered, downtown Manhattan’s lights went eerily dark. But the paralysis wasn’t total—the area began buzzing immediately with invisible workers. The day after Sandy was just another day of honest work for the “casual” manual laborers who would spent months cleaning, gutting and rebuilding homes and businesses across the stricken area, often in grueling conditions with little protection from collapsing walls, toxic mold and other hazards.

Stop-and-Frisk Victims Submit Challenge to Court Ruling That Removed Judge from Lawsuit Against NYPD

By: Monday November 11, 2013 11:39 am

A motion to reconsider a ruling in a lawsuit brought by victims of stop-and-frisk against the policy and practice carried out by the New York Police Department has been filed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Introduction (Part I of V)

By: Sunday October 13, 2013 12:00 pm

In another usual night at the dinner table with my parents, my father had the television on with the October 9th mayoral debate in New York City featuring Republican candidate Joseph Lhota and Independent candidate Adolfo Carrion, Jr. What was interesting, as was noted, is Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio not showing up to the debate and was criticized not only by the candidates, but others in the media as well.

New York City Immigrants Test a New Economic ‘Bridge’

By: Saturday September 21, 2013 6:40 pm

For all the supposed potential of the “American Dream,” immigrants in New York City often have a terrible time redeeming its promise. Many arrive in the United States with no financial grounding or burdened by a heap of debt; others can spend years priced out of financial credit by poverty and discrimination. Now, however, the city is allocating a little seed capital toward the long-overlooked economic potential of poor immigrant communities.

Judge Grants Victory for Former Teacher in Transgender Case

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 7:04 pm

Marla Krolikowski, a former New York Catholic teacher who was fired for being transgender or “worse than gay”, received a major victory in court Monday after Judge Duane Hart rejected the defense’s claims that she was a minister for the school. Judge Hart remarked that former Saint Francis Prep teacher did not fulfill the requirement put forth by the defense that because she taught religious classes she was a minister for the school.

Caring for Workers Who Care for Our Loved Ones

By: Sunday August 18, 2013 12:30 pm

For many seniors, growing older means facing new kinds of stress—such as fragile health, a tight budget on a fixed income, or the travails of living alone.

And for the people who care for the aging, the stress can be just as severe.

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