List by Author: Sarah Harnisch

NY Assembly Elects New Speaker

02.04.15 | Sarah Harnisch

For the first time in 21 years, the state Assembly on Tuesday elected a new leader. Assemblyman Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, was elected the first African American to serve as speaker of the Assembly in the chamber's 238-year history. The roll-call ...

NY Schools Want State Aid Doubled

02.04.15 | Sarah Harnisch

The state Education Department on Tuesday urged the state Legislature to increase school aid by nearly 10 percent in the coming fiscal year, saying the needs of students are at a critical moment. Acting Education Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin ...

Abortion Numbers Fall In PA

02.04.15 | Sarah Harnisch

According to numbers provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, less women are aborting their pregnancies. According to the report using the most recent numbers available, 32,108 abortions were performed in 2013. In 2012, there were 2,000 ...

Wolf Pays Hikes Salaries Of His Inner Circle

02.04.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Top officials in Gov. Tom Wolf's administration began earning six-figure salaries more than $12,700 higher than their predecessors under former Gov. Tom Corbett. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, nineteen department heads will make ...

Sheldon Silver's Tenure As NY Assembly Speaker Ends

02.03.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's tenure in the powerful post since 1994 is set to end at 11:59 p.m. Monday, and a Bronx assemblyman is expected to succeed him. On Friday, a Silver spokesman said the Manhattan Democrat would resign the post he's ...

Most Pre-K Money In The State Funneled To NYC

02.03.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pledge to expand full-day pre-kindergarten classes statewide has largely benefited New York City, with just 5 percent of four-year-old children outside the city enrolled in the program, a report to be released Tuesday ...

PA Treasurer Rob McCord Formally Charged

02.03.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Days after he publicly admitted wrongdoing, federal authorities Monday afternoon charged former state Treasurer Rob McCord with extortion for trying to strong-arm campaign donations. McCord released an on-line statement Friday in which he said he ...

Students At PA Community Colleges Get New Way To Earn Credit

02.03.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Students at community colleges in Pennsylvania can now earn credit outside of the classroom through previous work experience. The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges has launched a prior learning assessment called College Credit Fast ...

NY Assembly Speaker Seat Down To 2 Names

02.02.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County, dropped out of the race for speaker Friday and endorsed Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie. The move means Heastie is all but certain to be the next speaker. "Over the past ...

Legislation Introduced To Name Highway After Fallen Blooming Grove State Trooper

02.02.15 | Sarah Harnisch

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