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Silver Gives Gantt Two More Years Atop Transpo Committee

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Sheldon Silver and David Gantt On Thursday, Sheldon Silver re-appointed Rochester’s David Gantt to chair the Assembly Transportation Committee (Excel spreadsheet via Daily Politics). Gantt is the chairman who engineered the defeat of bus lane enforcement cameras last June, when six co-sponsors of the bill wound up voting against it in his committee. With the […]

Albany’s Transit Sins Come Back to Bite America

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How many true transit advocates are in this picture? Just how bad are the service cuts and layoffs that transit agencies across the country will soon be forced to enact? Severe enough to weaken the national economy, the New York Times reports — all while Congress pieces together a stimulus plan that does nothing to […]

Brennan Center: Albany’s “Still Broken”

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NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice just published an update of the famous 2004 report that described in excruciatingly precise detail just how deeply lousy New York State government has become. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet but the title of the 2008 edition pretty much sums it up: "Still Broken." The New […]

Silver Wins Big as Squadron Ousts Connor

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver presumably cruised to another term in yesterday’s Democratic primary, racking up almost 68 percent of the Lower Manhattan vote against challengers Paul Newell and Luke Henry. He will face Republican Danniel Maio in the general election. Newell pulled 23 percent of the vote, Henry nine percent. Though the vote tally wasn’t […]

The Polls Are Open in New York City

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It’s primary day, and when it comes to local elections in New York, that means the next few hours bear more significance than what happens in November. Gotham Gazette has the most comprehensive guide to all the contested primaries in the city. From a livable streets perspective, the three Manhattan races stand out. In the […]