City & Region

Playing defense for Cuomo puts Heastie’s Speakership in jeopardy

The progressive wing of the Assembly Democratic caucus is becoming increasingly disgruntled with the leadership of Carl Heastie in recent weeks, as the Speaker pulls out all of the stops to play defense for New York’s embattled and newly disgraced governor.

NY Assembly

Norris calls for end of Governor’s emergency powers

BY MIKE NORRIS I’ll never forget receiving the briefing from NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker in early March with fellow colleagues about the dangerous potential of the coronavirus and the immediate need for emergency funding for preparation and equipment.

NY Assembly

Kolb: Memorial Day presents an opportunity for reflection, gratitude

BY BRIAN KOLB Traditionally, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summertime, outdoor recreation. Families flock to beaches, campgrounds and host backyard barbeques for their neighbors. Citizens line downtown streets at celebrations, and churches are packed during remembrance services. There’s no

NY Assembly

Hawley asks Cuomo to allow religious institutions to open early

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), has signed a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to reconsider allowing religious institutions to open and host services earlier than previously indicated. With Western New York leading the charge to reopen the state, Hawley

NY Assembly

Hawley applauds reinstatement of funds to local municipalities

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is applauding the successful reinstatement of funding to local municipalities in the state budget. After funding was at risk of being cut from the governor’s budget plan, Hawley fought hard to ensure that local municipalities were

NY Assembly

Kolb: State Budget fails New Yorkers

BY ASSEMBLYMAN BRIAN KOLB “We have the power, but do they have the will? It’s time for the Legislature to regain its mojo.” I said those words about three years ago. I was trying to inspire some urgency in my

NY Assembly

SMULLEN: Public safety is job number one

BY ROBERT SMULLEN In his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo loudly proclaimed that government’s first responsibility is to protect the people. I wholeheartedly agree, and that is why we must immediately repeal and fix the misguided bail reform