Tag Archives: NY Assembly

NEW YORK: GOP Legislator Commits Suicide Before Federal Fraud Trial, Wins Republican Primary Anyway

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports: The late William Nojay prevailed in a Republican primary in the 133rd Assembly district, outpolling challenger Rick Milne despite having died by suicide Friday morning. With 88 percent of voting districts counted, including all districts from Monroe and Livingston counties, Nojay received 2,098 votes (58 percent) to Milne’s 1,539 in unofficial results. Milne won ...

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NEW YORK: Democratic Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

From the New York Times: Sheldon Silver, who rose from the Lower East Side of Manhattan to become one of the state’s most powerful and feared politicians as speaker of the New York Assembly, was sentenced on Tuesday to 12 years in prison in a case that came to symbolize Albany’s culture of graft. The conviction of Mr. Silver, 72, ...

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Quote Of The Day – Daniel O’Donnell

“As for many, there is a deeply personal element to this historic victory for me. I am very recognizably Irish-American, from my face to my name, but until these last few weeks, I have often felt that I don’t belong. Last month I was invited to Ireland by the Lawyers for Yes Campaign to help kick off the final weeks ...

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NEW YORK: Assembly Passes Ban On “Ex-Gay” Torture Of LGBT Youth

Via press release from the Pride Agenda: “Today the New York State Assembly stood with us and agreed that we’ve allowed our children to be subjected to harm for too long and that state licensed therapists should not be allowed to practice widely discredited and damaging conversion therapies that try to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity,” ...

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NEW YORK: Dem Assembly Speaker To Be Arrested On Corruption Charges

Federal authorities are expected to arrest Democratic New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today on charges of corruption.Via the New York Times: The investigation that led to the expected charges against Mr. Silver, a Democrat from the Lower East Side of Manhattan who has served as speaker for more than two decades, began after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in March ...

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HomoQuotable – Daniel O’Donnell

“My partner John and I were among the plaintiffs in the New York State Court of Appeals lawsuit challenging the definition of marriage in 2006. Losing that lawsuit made me realize that my legislative priority had to be the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act. So we took our struggle to the State Legislature. I introduced and gained passage ...

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NEW YORK: State Assembly Passes Ban On “Ex-Gay” Torture For Minors

Via the Wall Street Journal: New York’s Assembly has passed a ban against health professionals trying to change a child’s sexual orientation through therapy. On Monday the Democratic-led Assembly passed the ban 86 to 28. It would prohibit licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health practitioners and physicians from using conversion therapy on anyone under 18. Clergy would not be ...

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Gay NY State Reps Endorse Quinn

New York state Assemblymember Deborah Glick and state Sen. Brad Hoylman have endorsed Christine Quinn for New York City mayor.  Via their joint press release: “Christine Quinn has remained a stalwart advocate of civil rights, driven by a passion for equality and justice,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman. “She is a ‘do-er’ not a ‘say-er’—her commitment to improving housing and ...

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NY Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell Delivers Epic Rant On Transgender Rights

On Tuesday the New York state Assembly approved GENDA, the transgender rights bill, for the sixth time. But not before openly gay Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell delivered an epic rant against the idiots who characterized the item as a “bathroom bill.”  O’Donnell: “Spare me your lectures about GOD DAMN bathrooms!”

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Yet Another NY Dem Busted For Corruption

Democratic New York Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was arrested today on federal corruption charges. “Stevenson is accused of taking bribes in exchange for official acts, which included drafting, proposing, and agreeing to enact legislation that would benefit the co-defendants’ businesses,” the release announcing the press conference declared. “Two of the other defendants are also charged in connection with their payment of ...

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Anti-Pot GOP Rep Busted For Pot

New York GOP Assemblyman Steve Katz, who is mostly known for his loud opposition to medical marijuana, has had a little run-in with the cops. In a mailing to constituents, the Yorktown Republican, who serves on the Assembly Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, warned: “Our community has been stricken with an increase in drug use and drunk driving by our ...

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NY Assembly Passes Gun Bill

The New York Assembly today followed yesterday’s action by the state Senate in approving the bill that is being described as the nation’s strongest gun control measure. Openly gay Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell cheers via press release: We as a community are still reeling from our overwhelming losses in Webster, NY and Newtown, CT. Even one injury or death from gun-related ...

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Daniel O’Donnell, DNC Delegate

NY Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell is also a DNC delegate. O’Donnell was the primary Assembly sponsor of the marriage equality bill all three times it passed.

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NEW YORK: State Assembly Candidate Laments Crime In The “Negrohood”

New York Assembly candidate Ben Akselrod says “negrohood” was just an “unfortunate typo” in the campaign flyer sent to voters in his Queens district. He must have a different keyboard than the rest of the us. His campaign manager has resigned.

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Danny O’Donnell: Mitt Gets Worse

My buddy!

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NY Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell Gets His Marriage License After 31 Years

Yesterday New York Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell and his partner John Banta finally got their marriage license after 31 years together. As has been well documented on this blog, O’Donnell is one of the chief architects of marriage equality in New York, having led his chamber to approve the issue in three consecutive years. O’Donnell and Banta were at the City ...

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NY Assembly Approves Marriage

Openly gay New York state Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell has shepherded his chamber to an approval of marriage equality for the fourth time. Gay City News reports: While State Senate Republicans on June 15 dragged their heels on moving a marriage equality bill to debate and a vote, the Assembly, having waived the three-day hold on newly introduced legislation, rushed Governor ...

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NY Assembly Votes Today

That vote is a done deal, of course. Meanwhile today state Senate Republicans met for four hours to discuss allowing a vote in their GOP-dominated chamber. The meeting ended with no decision. UPDATE: Gay City News reports on the Senate. The New York State Senate Republican majority conference emerged from a closed-door meeting today having failed to reach agreement on ...

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Assemblyman Sam Hoyt For NY Marriage

Hoyt is the New York Assembly’s majority whip, the guy in charge of rounding up votes.

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NEW YORK: Daniel O’Donnell Introduces Marriage Equality Bill In State Assembly

Openly gay New York Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell yesterday once again introduced a marriage equality bill to his chamber. Similar bills authored by O’Donnell have passed in the Assembly several times in recent years. He writes via press release: “It is with great pride that I am introducing the Marriage Equality Act. Since the Assembly last passed the bill in 2009, ...

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