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Harris tapped to chair senior citizen subcommittee

Assemblymember Pamela Harris, whose Southwest Brooklyn district is home to large numbers of senior citizens, has been tapped by the Assembly’s leadership to head a subcommittee focusing on programs for older adults. … Full Article

Transgender bill shot down in NY State Senate amid partisan rancor

A bill that would give transgender persons equal protections under the law was shot down — again — in a New York State Senate committee on Tuesday after a partisan clash over what the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Daniel Squadron, called President Donald Trump’s “campaign of divisiveness and fear.” … Full Article

Lentol reveals how he got ‘Raise the Age’ passed

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. The brief encounter made him cry. … Full Article

State OKs translators for domestic violence victims

Terrified domestic violence victims often feel even more frightened by the justice system if they do not speak English. But now they will be getting some extra help when they go to court seeking orders of protection. … Full Article

Guild for Exceptional Children director wins pay raises for workers

The executive director of a Bay Ridge nonprofit agency that helps the developmentally disabled said his employees who work directly with clients will be getting much-needed raises now that lawmakers have promised to put money in the state budget to cover the costs. … Full Article

New York officials call Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood ‘shameful’

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate for a bill that will allow states to withhold funds for Planned Parenthood. Statements from New York officials came quickly. Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the vote “repugnant.” … Full Article

Golden praises Healing Center director as life saver

A woman who founded a center in Southwest Brooklyn to assist domestic violence victims and their children is winning recognition from the New York state Senate for her work. … Full Article

Malliotakis says non-voters shouldn’t be hit with fines

In the 2016 presidential election, 55.98 percent of eligible voters in New York City went to the polls, according to the Board of Elections. But an effort to increase those numbers for the next election is running into opposition in Albany. … Full Article

Carroll seeks to lower voting age to 17

New York state’s voting age would be lowered from 18 to 17 under a bill sponsored by Assemblymember Robert Carroll, who credited three high school students with the bold idea. … Full Article

Bill would cut red tape for workers seeking disability pensions

Two Brooklyn lawmakers from opposing political parties are working across the aisle to help ease the burden on public employees, like EMS workers, seeking disability pensions. … Full Article

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