Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican who declared his candidacy for governor this week, said he smoked marijuana in college, and could be open to legalizing medicinal marijuana.
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At the beginning of a press conference announcing a new suit against two of the nation's biggest banks, attorney general Eric Schneiderman took a moment to address the arrest of his former colleague in the state senate, John Sampson.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hoping the arrest of state senator John Sampson provides some added incentive for legislators to take up his package of campaign reforms.
At the National Rifle Association convention in Houston this weekend, former Fox News host Glenn Beck urged attendees to stand up to efforts like those of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and said he was amazed at how many of his friends in New York City had become "dopes" who allow their liberties be encroached by limits on soda, popcorn and salt.
On Sunday morning, former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint previewed the primary conservative attack against the immigration bill, which is expected to begin winding its way through the Senate this month.
After a press conference in Union Square this morning, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she's hopeful that the public pressure on Kelly Ayotte will cause the New Hampshire Republican to support expanded background checks for firearm sales.
"No, I have no plans to run," she said today, in response to a question at a Union Square press conference on food-stamp benefits.
For all his hard work forging an immigration compromise, Sen. Chuck Schumer was rewarded this week with a prominent place on the cover of the new issue of National Review.
After New York's Republican Party announced yesterday that Texas senator Ted Cruz would be their keynote speaker at an annual fund-raising dinner later this month, the state's Democratic Party responded by calling for them to rescind the invitation.
Sen. Chuck Schumer was uncharacteristically shy last week, when asked about a controversial amendment to his big immigration bill, which would include certain provisions recognizing same-sex couples.