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State Assemblymember Joe Lentol was walking out of the state Capitol in Albany one day when a woman came up to him and gave him a big hug. “Thank you for saving my son’s life,” she told him. … Full Article

Parker: Democrats trying to save health care in New York State

As President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress move toward repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Democrats in the New York state Senate are working on a plan to ensure that the state’s residents will still be able to get insurance coverage. … Full Article

Advocates say early voting in NY would boost female turnout

ALBANY — Female lawmakers in New York are pushing to end outdated and cumbersome voting rules that they say make it harder for people, and particularly women, to cast a ballot. … Full Article

State senate IDC lauds passage of religious freedom bills package

A package of bills passed by the state senate this week will help in the fight against hate crimes in New York, according to members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), who introduced the legislation in the wake of shocking anti-Semitic crimes in the U.S. … Full Article

Many Brooklyn and New York officials trash Trump’s reissued travel ban

President Donald Trump reissued his much-maligned travel ban on Monday, this time excluding Iraqis from the list of majority Muslim countries — Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen — whose citizens and refugees are forbidden from entering the U.S. … Full Article

State Senate Independent Democratic Conference outlines religious freedom package

In the wake of a disturbing series of bomb threats lodged against Jewish community centers in New York that were similar to the threats called into centers at various locations across the U.S., members of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) announced a new effort to c … Full Article

Parker wants New York to do more for domestic violence victims

Domestic violence brings with it a heavy cost in the U.S., according to state Sen. Kevin Parker, who said the toll exceeds an astounding $5.8 billion a year. … Full Article

Cuomo to beef up security in yeshivas

In the wake of a spate of shocking anti-Semitic attacks across the country, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting $25 million in state funds toward combating hate crimes. … Full Article

Squadron enlists seniors to fight Cuomo’s $17 million senior center budget cut

State Sen. Daniel Squadron kicked off a tour of Brooklyn senior centers on Tuesday to organize older adults to fight Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget cuts to the centers. … Full Article

Hamilton turns his office into mini Sanctuary City

New York has long held the status of “sanctuary city” and taking a page out of that book, a Brooklyn lawmaker is moving ahead with plans to have his office serve as a sanctuary district. … Full Article

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