Silver: New York shouldn't wait for Washington; pass #NYS #DreamAct #immigration
- President Barack Obama and Congress appear to be having serious discussions about finally addressing this country’s immigration issues.
- For New York — home to more than half a million undocumented immigrants — and for the rest of the country, this is welcome news.
- This is why the Assembly majority has long embraced an agenda that opens doors for immigrants who want nothing more than to become productive contributors to society.
“When the [NYS Rockefeller Drug laws] were enacted in 1973, there were 11 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in New York State. After 17 years of enforcement, the murder rate increased to 14.5 homicides per 100,000 New Yorkers. The same trend is seen in robbery rates, another important index crime.”—NYS House Speaker Sheldon Silver, 2009, discussing the effects of the Rockefeller Drug Laws prior to sweeping reforms that changed New York’s drug laws substantially. Those reforms included eliminating mandatory minimum sentence for most (but not all) drug crimes, expanded access to drug treatment, and reducing sentences across the board.
Dont remind me bro I felt a guenuine sense of sadness like if some close had died when i read the news
its a damn shame is what it is…
FUCK YOU SHELDON SILVER
Will New York Help Kill the Electoral College?
Many people became acutely attuned to the drawbacks of the Electoral College when Al Gore received over a half-million more votes in 2000 than George W. Bush yet lost the Electoral College, and hence, the election. This system seemed unfair, illogical, archaic. Now a movement gradually picking up steam across the country would ensure that such an outcome never happens again by effectively killing the Electoral College. And after a vote in the State Senate last week, New York is on the precipice of signing up.
Read the rest at Daily Intel.
Why a Higher Minimum Wage is Needed in New York
Today the Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver introduced a bill to raise the New York State minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, a 17 percent increase. The bill also calls for the minimum wage to be adjusted each year for inflation. The RWDSU is an active part of a coalition to raise the minimum wage. Read more about why this legislation needs to be passed in the New York Times and the New York Daily News, read how it would improve the standards in the retail industry in Crain’s, and check out video from the press conference here and here, and read more from WBNG 12 Action News, WKBW Eyewitness News, WNYC’s “The Empire”, and a report in Capitol Confidential.
“So much for Sheldon Silver securing strong rent regulations...while Skelos and Cuomo get all they want on property tax cap legislation. What was really needed was a link between income and inflation so that the number goes up as the market does. From the NY Times: "Mr. Silver said the deal on rent regulations would help the many New Yorkers who live in rent-stabilized apartments. “It means that they will be able to sleep well,” Mr. Silver said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to expand the current protections.” But as details of the tentative deal began to dribble out, tenant advocates said they were bracing themselves for disappointment. Advocates involved in the negotiations said that they expected the thresholds at which an apartment could be deregulated to increase to $250,000 in annual household income from $175,000 and to $2,500 in monthly rent from $2,000. " ”—
From the NY Times Cityroom