On April 30 the New York state Assembly approved the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) by a vote of 84-46. The bill (S195/A4226) would prohibit discrimination against transgender New Yorkers in the areas of housing, employment, credit and public accommodations, while expanding New York’s hate crimes law to include crimes against transgender individuals. New Yorkers have been protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation since 2003.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday May 8, 2013 11:15 am|
|By: ThirdandState Tuesday April 2, 2013 7:07 pm|
Former Governor Ed Rendell got into some hot water last week with an op-ed in the New York Daily News touting the economic benefits of hydrofracking. ProPublica quickly outed the Governor for his ties to the drilling industry, and Rendell owned up to the fact that he is a consultant to Element Partners, which has investments in the gas industry. The Daily News has added a note to its web site disclosing the financial arrangement.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 20, 2013 9:25 am|
During Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure New York City spent over a million police hours processing misdemeanor marijuana arrests due in large part to the controversial stop and frisk policy that targets minority communities. According to the findings of a new report by the Drug Policy Alliance, from 2002 to 2012 roughly 440,000 low-level misdemeanor marijuana possession arrests were made.
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday March 6, 2013 4:35 pm|
In a roll call vote of 95-40, the New York State Assembly has passed a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), the toxic horizontal drilling process through which oil and gas is procured that’s found within shale rock basins across the country and the world.
|By: Michelle Chen Wednesday March 6, 2013 11:05 am|
Under the reign of New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has issued millions of dollars in business development subsidies to beleaguered urban neighborhoods, meant to create new jobs and promote entrepreneurial spirit. Now the NYCEDC is teaming up with Wall Street to give loans to local food manufacturers, but activists who have examined the city’s development track record smell something fishy.
|By: Steve Horn Saturday February 16, 2013 1:59 pm|
Tom Wilber’s book reads like a novel but is reported in the true spirit of an explanatory, investigative journalist. While detail-obsessed and leaving few stones unturned on the policy side of the shale oil and gas debate, Wilber – in somewhat masterful fashion – takes readers inside the lives of the Marcellus Shale’s stakeholders: citizens, citizen-journalists, oil and gas corporate executives, and activists. There is never a dull moment in the book, as Wilber seamlessly weaves fact-laden reportage into novel-like story-telling. I read the book in three sittings, as it is tough to put down once one opens it up.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 13, 2013 8:00 pm|
While the horse race aspects of 2016 election Presidential election are mostly meaningless, the election is still important because it can impact the significant decisions powerful politicians are currently making. As long as a politician is seriously thinking about a run in 2016 it changes the leverage groups have over him/her. A perfect example is this anti-fracking ad that was run in Iowa against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 13, 2012 4:15 pm|
The voters of New York State want to see marijuana legalized. A new Quinnipiac poll of the state found that 51 percent of New York registered voters think the use of marijuana should be made legal in their state. On the other hand, only 44 percent of voters in the state think marijuana should remain illegal.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 13, 2012 2:45 pm|
While waiting around for fiscal slope negotiations to conclude, Congress has bided its time with legislation seemingly timed for the holiday travel season. The House gave final approval to a bill that would give the TSA more leeway when screening checked baggage from international airports that is going on to a separate flight in the US. Many passengers will not have to re-check baggage for their connecting flight. The Senate also passed a bill that would route clothing left behind at security checkpoints to homeless military veterans.
|By: Steve Horn Friday December 7, 2012 3:56 pm|
Weeks after SUNY Buffalo’s upper-level administration gave the Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) the boot due to its gas industry public relations effort masked as a “study,” University of Texas-Austin’s (UT-Austin) administration has somewhat followed suit for its own “frackademia” study.
The decision comes in the aftermath of an independent review of a controversial study completed under UT-Austin’s auspices.