By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 - 5:38 pm
The Albany press corps has just witnessed official proof that the NY Senate's atrocious antics are registering on a cosmic level. Rick Karlin of the Capitol Confidential blog describes how an Act of God interrupted the state legislature's budget... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 - 3:25 pm
New York state Senate majority leader Pedro Espada might have topped himself. After declaring yesterday that he would boycott today's special Senate session on the long-overdue state budget, he's reportedly heading to Albany right now, and bringing his... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 - 2:50 pm
From the New York Times's City Room blog: The current record was set in 2004, when Gov. George E. Pataki and lawmakers wrangled until Aug. 11 over how to comply with a court ruling requiring the state to fix New York City schools. That put them fully... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2010 - 1:08 pm
The Daily Freeman reports that the town's plan is to buy the massive bluestone sculpture for $800,000 of grant money, and then turn the site over to a private commission to run it without spending taxpayer funds. Deputy Supervisor Fred Costello Jr. said... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jun. 28, 2010 - 11:28 pm
Ladies and gentlemen of New York State: We have a budget. Sort of. Hoping to seize control of a budget battle dominated for weeks by Gov. David A. Paterson, lawmakers voted on Monday to restore hundreds of millions of dollars in education and health... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jun. 28, 2010 - 3:04 pm
After weeks -- months! -- of budget dithering and blathering, and despite the looming threat of a massive statewide government shutdown, the three-ring budget circus in Albany continues. Supposedly, the Senate and Assembly agreed on a budget over the... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Jun. 24, 2010 - 2:21 pm
Earlier this week, it was gazebos. Now, the governing elite of Kingston have moved on to another civic spat -- this one over an illegal pile of brush that a city alderman had removed from his curb last week. Once again, the quotes are priceless, as... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Jun. 22, 2010 - 9:40 am
We're not sure what those Kingston elected officials are smoking, but it must be potent. An article in the Freeman today has the scoop on a kerfuffle over whether or not to put a gazebo in Forsyth T.R. Gallo Park, and it's got some of the most hilarious... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2010 - 12:28 pm
Ulster County legislator Mike Madsen is steamed about the state legislature's proposed budget cuts to programs that counties and towns are mandated by law to run. Specifically, Safety Net: Both the Assembly and Senate plan to cut $100 million in this area... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jun. 14, 2010 - 9:34 pm
The New York legislature has passed the budget extender in time to avoid a government shutdown, with mere hours to spare. Michael Kink, Democratic policy advisor to the state Senate, tweeted a few minutes ago:: the Assembly has now voted for the budget... Read more


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