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

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ALBANY — Female lawmakers in New York are pushing to end outdated and cumbersome voting rules that they say make it harder for people, and particularly women, to cast a ballot.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


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