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Two Brooklyn lawmakers have been named to serve on a new task force that will look at New York state’s counter-terrorism measures and come up with ways to increase public safety. … Full Article

Cuomo unveils $145.3 billion budget plan, initiatives

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $145.3 billion budget proposal unveiled Wednesday proposes spending the state's $2.3 billion windfall from court settlements to house the poor and homeless, freeze Thruway tolls and make large investments in public infrastructure. … Full Article

Malliotakis blasts Cuomo’s minimum wage hike

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for State University of New York (SUNY) workers sets a dangerous precedent, according to Republican Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis. … Full Article

Rampant development and lack of city planning key topics at Squadron’s open house

Protecting New York City’s open space from development and the lack of enlightened city planning were two major areas of concern expressed by constituents at state Sen. Daniel Squadron’s town hall in Downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday. … Full Article

Assemblymember Simon wants to hang out with you on the stoop

It’s a stoop-endous idea: Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Cobble Hill) is inviting her constituents to join her for conversations where Brooklynites traditionally hang out to chat and observe the hurly-burly of street life – on the stoop. … Full Article

Working Families Party endorses Harris for Assembly

With the Democratic County Committee poised to meet this week to select a candidate to run for the state Assembly seat vacated by Alec Brook-Krasny, would-be candidates are busy working behind the scenes to try and secure the support of committee members. … Full Article

Reflections on my first 'semester' as a freshman legislator

From “So, how was it in Albany? Are you loving it? Is it everything you expected/hoped it would be?” to “Tell me, how awful is it up there?” and “Who’s the next indictment?” I have been getting lots of questions. … Full Article

District Attorney Thompson explains his position on special prosecutor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on Wednesday that appointed Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as a special prosecutor in cases involving people who have been killed by the police. … Full Article

Bay Ridge lawmakers say rent law needed tweaking

State Assembly members representing Bay Ridge all voted in favor of legislation extending New York City’s rent control law and each pointed to what they said are positive changes in the legislation that will help tenants and homeowners. … Full Article

NY legislators approve rent controls, tax rebate

ALBANY— New York lawmakers approved legislation Thursday night to continue rent controls in New York City and a statewide property tax cap while providing rebates to homeowners over four years. … Full Article

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