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Squadron raps ‘Hamilton’ on the Senate floor to fight ticket scalpers

On Tuesday, state Sen. Daniel Squadron rapped an abridged and modified rendition of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical “Hamilton” on the Senate floor to draw attention to flaws in New York’s ticket reselling laws. “What'da we need? A ticket revolution!” he cried. … Full Article

Donovan says feds responding to prescription drug epidemic

The federal government is set to take strong and bold action to curb the growing opioid drug epidemic in America, according to U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, who said the House voted affirmatively on a bill to provide funding for prevention and treatment. … Full Article

In Public Service: Walker criticizes de Blasio housing plan

Assemblymember Latrice Walker, who grew up in a housing development in Brownsville called Prospect Plaza, said she knows first-hand how changes in government policy can affect the lives of average New Yorkers. … Full Article

State Senate votes to name Brooklyn highway after veterans

The New York State Senate has voted in favor of renaming a stretch of Interstate 278 running through Brooklyn in honor of military veterans. … Full Article

Opposition to 5-cent plastic bag fee building

The five-cent fee on plastic shopping bags at New York City supermarkets isn’t even in effect yet, but efforts are already under way to terminate the controversial policy. … Full Article

Stringer to city: Grant Coney Island Boardwalk landmark status

Comptroller Scott Stringer has thrown his support behind an effort led by Coney Island Councilmember Mark Treyger to push the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to declare the iconic Riegelmann Boardwalk an official city landmark. … Full Article

Hikind plants protest over sidewalk trees

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is continuing to plant trees on city sidewalks as part of the MillionTreesNYC beautification project started by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but one Brooklyn lawmaker is raising objections to the plan. … Full Article

Cuomo, lawmakers react to Silver’s sentence

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's 12-year prison sentence in a $5 million corruption case sends a message that officials who abuse the public's trust will be held accountable, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said shortly after the sentencing. … Full Article

House passes Donovan homeowner protection bill

U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan said that legislation he sponsored that was recently passed by the House will go a long way toward ensuring that homeowners who are still rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy are treated fairly. … Full Article

Sheldon Silver sentenced to 12 years in prison

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday, capping one of the steepest falls from grace in the state's lineup of crooked politicians for a consummate backroom dealer who wielded power for over two decades. … Full Article

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