Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘state senate’

Senate Panel Recommends Removal or Censure for Hiram Monserrate

Senate Panel Recommends Removal or Censure for Hiram Monserrate

Legislative officials familiar with the report says a special New York Senate committee is recommending either censuring or expelling Sen. Hiram Monserrate following his misdemeanor assault conviction last year. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, say this sends the question to the full Senate. Monserrate […]

Assemblyman Michael Gianaris To Run For State Senate

Assemblyman Michael Gianaris To Run For State Senate

A Queens lawmaker says he’s leaving the State Assembly, and has his eyes on the State Senate. Assemblyman Michael Gianaris of Astoria says he’s planning to run for a seat being vacated in his district by George Onorato, who says he’s retiring. Gianaris has the support of his county party, and would enter at a […]

Joe Bruno Corruption Trial To Begin Today

Joe Bruno Corruption Trial To Begin Today

The federal corruption trial of former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno is scheduled to start Monday. The 80-year-old Republican is accused of collecting $3.2 million over 13 years for helping businesses win contracts and grants with state agencies. Bruno has maintained his innocence. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum […]

Hiram Monserrate To Cooperate With State Senate Committee

Hiram Monserrate To Cooperate With State Senate Committee

Queens Senator Hiram Monserrate said in a statement today that he will cooperate fully with the legislative committee that will decide whether he should remain in the State Senate. Monserrate was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of injuring girlfriend Karla Giraldo but acquitted of all felony charges. Sources tell NY1 that Senate Majority Conference Leader […]

New York Senate Staffers Get More Raises

New York Senate Staffers Get More Raises

The New York Senate has given about 50 members of its staff raises, in some cases more than $10,000 a year, and has hired, transferred or promoted about 30 other workers. The state Comptroller’s Office released the new pay data Monday. It wasn’t immediately clear how many of the staffers listed worked for Republicans or […]

Voter Disgust With Albany May Lead to Rewriting State Constitution

Voter Disgust With Albany May Lead to Rewriting State Constitution

Few New Yorkers would disagree that state politics are broken. Even fewer are the number of proposed fixes — from term limits for lawmakers to tighter restrictions on campaign fund-raising — that have actually become law. Now in the weeks since a partisan power struggle in the State Senate brought New York’s government to new […]

Federal Judge Upholds Joe Bruno’s Indictment

Federal Judge Upholds Joe Bruno’s Indictment

A federal judge upheld the criminal indictment against former State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. In a 17-page ruling issued Friday, the judge denied defense motions to derail or delay the case. Bruno was indicted in January on federal corruption charges. Among other accusations, the Republican is accused of using his position to steer contracts […]

Pedro Espada Received 350k to Hire Friends and Give Raises

Pedro Espada Received 350k to Hire Friends and Give Raises

Democrats in New York’s Senate not only gave Sen. Pedro Espada a lucrative post after he allowed them to regain majority control of the chamber. They also approved $350,000 to hire his friends and give raises to staffers. Democrats lured Espada back in July, a month after a Republican-dominated coalition gave him a leadership post […]

State Senate Sets New Controls for Hiring Staff

State Senate Sets New Controls for Hiring Staff

Democrats Thursday announced new controls on staff hiring in the wake of Sen. Pedro Espada Jr.’s son briefly holding a $120,000-a-year job. A three-member panel will “review and approve all personnel changes to the central staff,” said Selvena N. Brooks, a spokeswoman for Democratic chief John Sampson of Brooklyn. Sampson approved the Espada hiring. The […]

Senate Democrats Paying ‘Creative Director’ over $100K

Senate Democrats Paying ‘Creative Director’ over $100K

Democrats in control of the state Senate are paying $100,760 a year to a “creative director” who was a former DJ for Mick Jagger and Prince. Thirty-two-year-old Christopher Sealey was hired six months ago to help the Senate communicate with more New Yorkers through video, audio, Internet and multimedia formats. Sealey has already drawn negative […]

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