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NYS Budget: Brooklyn gets more money for new hospital, schools

State representatives from Brooklyn said the $142 billion state budget approved early Wednesday was disappointing -- but better than the alternative, which would have given Gov. Andrew Cuomo a free hand in implementing his education agenda, with less money for public schools. … Full Article

Brooklyn pols fight to restore millions in budget for teetering hospitals

Brooklyn officials are fiercely negotiating in Albany to restore to the budget hundreds of millions of dollars meant to prop up teetering safety-net hospitals -- including Interfaith Medical Center, Brookdale Hospital, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brookly … Full Article

State Senate moves to curb city’s ability to raise property taxes

A bi-partisan group of state senators successfully pushed for passage of a bill that would force New York City to cap property tax increases at two percent a year, a move that supporters said would help homeowners get a better handle on their household budgets. … Full Article

NY Assembly backs tax credits for music production

ALBANY — The state Assembly has backed tax credits for music production in New York similar to those provided for film and television, intended to halt an exodus of musicians and producers to other states. … Full Article

New York Senate again backs legalizing mixed martial arts

ALBANY— The New York Senate voted on Tuesday for the fifth straight year for legalizing professional mixed martial arts and ending the state's position as the last one to prohibit the sport. … Full Article

Assembly’s GOP members vow to continue reform fight

Republicans in the New York State Assembly, who are outnumbered by Democrats 105-44, are also outgunned when it comes to trying to make major changes in how the legislative chamber operates. … Full Article

Felder blasts Assembly over educational tax credit failure

The Educational Investment Tax Credit, a bill designed to help public and private school parents defray the cost of educating their children by allowing people to earn tax credits for contributions to scholarship funds, is not likely to happen this year after the New York State Assembly did not i … Full Article

Assembly’s GOP members push anti-corruption measures

The New York State Assembly should never again have another Sheldon Silver, a lawmaker serving in the coveted post as Speaker for more than 20 years, according to members of the Republican minority in the legislative chamber. … Full Article

Court ruling on sex offenders prompts lawmakers to act

A controversial ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals striking down sex offender residency laws in local municipalities has spurred a flurry of activity in the state legislature, as lawmakers hunt for ways to restrict the movements of the ex-cons. … Full Article

Ortiz named assistant assembly speaker

Brooklyn will have a seat at the table when important decisions are being made in the New York State Assembly … Full Article

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