| Feb 10, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y.(WPIX) -- State Senate Democrats introduced a bill to raise taxes on wealthy New Yorkers Tuesday. The plan would impose an income tax of 10.3% on the highest earning New Yorkers, and increase taxes on all households that earn more than $250,...
| Feb 12, 2009
NEW YORK, N.Y. (WPIX) -- More than 100 people rallied in New York City Thursday, calling on New York State and the federal government to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.
The group demonstrated outside the Marriage Bureau in Lower Manhattan. ...
| Jul 9, 2009
| 2:14 PM
Senator Pedro Espada, one of two lawmakers whose switch to the Republican camp sparked the current Senate stalemate, has returned to the Democratic fold, ending the month-long crisis in Albany, officials confirmed Thursday.
Espada, who met with Sen. John...
| Jun 20, 2009
Gov. David Paterson has appointed two statesmen to mediate the power-struggle that has lead to the deadlock in the New York State Senate. Paterson announced Saturday, that former Lieutenant Gov. Stan Lundine and former State Sen. John Dunne will act as...
| Jun 2, 2009
NEW YORK ( WPIX) -- The New York State Senate's biggest advocate for gay marriage says he has the votes to make it legal.
Senator Thomas Duane (D- Manhattan) says he has the support of more than the 32 senators needed to pass the bill.
Though he has...
| Jun 7, 2009
It was the usual spectacle: flashy, festive, cultural and colorful. But this years Queens Gay Pride parade had an added attraction: politicians on parade pushing to make New York the 17th state to legalize same sex marriage.
"How do you have a state......
| Jun 10, 2009
A Republican coup in the state Senate, helped along by one Democrat with legal troubles and another who violated election laws, paralyzed the chamber on Tuesday.
Democrats vowed to fight back, possibly with a lawsuit, but the new leaders said the...
| Jun 11, 2009
The new majority allegiance in the New York State Senate held a brief session Thursday, however nothing came from it as one of the key senators walked out. Senator Hiram Monserrate of Jackson Heights, one of the two Democratic senators who helped...
| Jun 15, 2009
After a week of chaos in Albany sparked by a switching of party lines from Senators Hiram Monserrate and Pedro Espada Jr., Monserrate reportedly says he's returning to where he started -- with the Democrats.
Monserrate, from Queens, told the New York...
| Jun 15, 2009
There is a new conference leader for the Democrats in the State Senate. New York Democrats named John Sampson as their de facto leader Monday, in turn dumping Malcolm Smith of Queens to win back the support of a key senator.
Sampson, first elected in...
| Dec 3, 2009
| 12:04 PM
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn broke down at the podium of a press conference Thursday morning when asked about the Senate's rejection of the same-sex marriage bill.
"My father is 83-years-old. Kim's father is 83-years-old," Quinn said...