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Cuomo Sets Special Election Date to Replace Grimm

by Associated Press
SI Ferry

InSapphoWeTrust, flickr

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has scheduled a special election May 5 to replace convicted former Rep. Michael Grimm.
Cuomo's announcement comes after a federal judge on Tuesday ordered him to set the date by noon Friday in a lawsuit brought by voters.
U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein in Brooklyn said the Staten Island Republican congressman's resignation Jan.

Obama's State of the Union: Tax Wealthy, Help Middle Class

by Associated Press, Julie Pace
SOTU 2011

Obama at 2011's State of the Union, Chuck Kennedy, wikimedia

Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans.

Cory Booker Ramping Up Senate Re-Election Effort

by Associated Press
Cory Booker.

Tris Hussley, Flickr

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey has formally launched his re-election campaign with the first of a series of kick-off events.

A poll last month showed the incumbent Democrat may have a tighter race than observers expected. The Quinnipiac Poll showed Booker was ahead of little-known Republican Jeff Bell by 10 percentage points.

Booker told supporters at Camden County College on Wednesday that he is working with Republicans and Democrats on a variety of issues, including the cost of college and federal funding for programs for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

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. 

Fordham Conversations: The Future of Non-Profits and the Skills Needed to Run Them

by Robin Shannon, Alen Kanlic, Daniel Murphy
Francis Petit, Elaine Congress and Allan Luks

Ken Levinson

A discussions on “The Future of Non-Profits and the Skills Needed to Run Them” with two people involved in The Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leaders.  Elaine Congress is the Associate Dean for Continuing Education and Extramural Programs in the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service.  Allan Luks is the Director of the Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leadership. 

New York Lawmakers Remain Mostly Undecided on Syria

by Connor Ryan
Charles Rangel.


President Obama's national security team is pushing for lawmakers to authorize a military strike in Syria. The State Foreign Relations Committee voted Wednesday in favor of the strike. A full Senate vote is expected next week. But right now Congress seems split on the issue.
The majority of New York's 27 representatives remain undecided about how to vote on the issue of a military strike.

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