Assembly’s GOP members want repeal of Common Core

Taking the election of new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie as a sign of a fresh start, members of the assembly’s Republican minority are renewing their calls for major reforms in the state’s education system. … Full Article

Democrat Carl Heastie elected speaker of New York Assembly

ALBANY— Carl Heastie was elected speaker of the New York state Assembly on Tuesday, making him the first African-American to hold the powerful position. … Full Article

Lentol withdraws bid to become Assembly speaker

Brooklyn Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, who on Wednesday announced that he would seek the Assembly speakership, suddenly withdrew from the race on Thursday, citing the need for a united front in Albany in the wake of the scandal surrounding Speaker Sheldon Silver. … Full Article

Silver critic Malliotakis reacts to speaker’s ouster

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, a longtime critic of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, said the news that Silver is going to be replaced constitutes a victory for those who would like to see changes in the political climate in Albany. … Full Article

NY Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver to vacate post amid criminal charges

ALBANY — Sheldon Silver, the longtime leader of the New York state Assembly, will relinquish the position he has held for 21 years in the wake of federal corruption charges, a top lawmaker announced Tuesday. … Full Article

Calls for ouster of NY Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver increase

ALBANY— New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was fighting to keep his grip on power Monday amid widening calls for his resignation in the wake of federal corruption charges. … Full Article

NY speaker Sheldon Silver to temporarily cede power as he fights charges

ALBANY— The speaker of the state Assembly fought to keep his position amid federal corruption charges Monday with a plan to temporarily cede power to five lieutenants while contenders and critics sought to topple the veteran lawmaker. … Full Article

Cuomo touts plan to reform police-community relations

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a multipart plan to improve police-community relations in the wake of a pair of fatal encounters that have triggered a renewed focus on policing in New York.
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Feds: NY Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver masked bribes as legitimate income

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on charges he used his position as one of the state's most powerful politicians to collect millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks disguised as legitimate income.  … Full Article

Cuomo agenda: Transportation, wage hike, business tax cut

ALBANY— New York must raise the minimum wage, cut small-business taxes, ease the burden of high property taxes and invest big in transportation, Gov. … Full Article


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