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NY Governor Cuomo Invokes Gumby

by Associated Press
Gumby

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has again compared himself to Gumby when describing his approach to negotiations.

   The Democratic governor told reporters Wednesday that he "is a veritable Gumby" when it comes to his ability to strike a compromise.

   His comments were in reference to ongoing talks with lawmakers about authorizing medical marijuana in New York state.

Connecticut Gov. Malloy Highlights New Pet Shop Law

by Associated Press
Dog in CT.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is drawing attention to a new law that attempts to toughen standards for Connecticut pet shops.

   The legislation, which takes effect on Oct. 1, prohibits pet shops from buying or selling cats and dogs from breeders who have violated the U.S. Department of Agriculture's animal welfare regulations. It also requires pet shop license-holders to post certain USDA inspection reports for breeders of any dog offered for sale.

NY Hearing on Violence in Jails

by Associated Press

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New York City lawmakers will press correction officials at a specially-called oversight hearing to detail how they plan to quell rising levels of violence in city jails - and what they plan to do to better treat a growing mentally ill inmate population, said Elizabeth Crowley, who chairs the City Council's committee on fire and criminal justice.

Representative Charles Rangel and State Senator Adriano Espaillat Take the Stage for a Debate

by Kris Venezia
Rep. Rangel

Azi Paybarah, Flickr 

A recent Siena College/New York Times poll showed 84-year old Representative Charles Rangel with a narrow lead over state Senator Adriano Espaillat. 

The two are fighting for the 13th Congressional District which encompasses parts of Upper Manhattan and the western Bronx. At a debate Wednesday night at Lehman College in the Bronx, Espaillat focused much of his discussion on improving housing conditions and immigration reform in the predominantly Latino district. 

He said Congress needs someone who understands the issues immigrants face. 

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