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A state lawmaker introduced a new bill Tuesday that would legalize professional mixed-martial-arts bouts in New York, making a number of changes in an attempt to make the legislation more amenable to Assembly Democrats. The new bill from Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County, would boost the minimum accident insurance required for boxing and mixed martial arts fights from $7,500 to $50,000. Comment?
Upstate Assembly Democrats have been quietly negotiating an $150 million aid package for affordable housing in upstate New York as the end of the legislative session focuses heavily on housing issues in New York City. Upstate lawmakers said that their regions shouldn't be overlooked while the end of the session is being dominated by talks over extending rent control and tax breaks for developers in New York City. Comment?
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's attempt to include a new sexual-assault policy at New York's colleges in the 2015-16 state budget appears to be fading. Lawmakers said the complexity of the legislation, which would apply to public and private colleges, is making it difficult to wrap up as part of the budget for the fiscal year that starts April 1. "I think there is some concern that we haven't been able to get an agreement that makes everyone comfortable that we are doing this the right way," said Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County. Comment?
A deal on education and ethics reforms remain the key dividing lines between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature before the fiscal year starts a week from today. Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County, said the sides are trying to ensure that schools at least know a range of potential aid if a deal on new teacher evaluations lingers into June. Comment?
Anna Vincelli, 45, photographs a two-story snowman built by her neighbor in Irondequoit, N.Y. The region has had 84.5 inches of snow so far this winter, 11 inches above normal, according to the National Weather Service. A woman is helped up after making a snow angel in a parking lot outside the Wells Fargo Center during a winter storm after an NHL hockey game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Nashville Predators, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Philadelphia. Comment?
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle said this afternoon he will meet with New York City colleagues, as well as those across the state, in a bid to become the permanent Assembly speaker. Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County, said that because he's from upstate, he should not be discounted by New York City leaders who are leery of picking the first upstate Democratic speaker since 1911 . Comment?
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