List by Author: Sarah Harnisch

PA Treasurer Rob McCord To Plead Guilty

02.02.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord says he will plead guilty to federal charges that involve him telling two potential campaign contributors during last year's gubernatorial primary race that he could make it difficult for them to continue to ...

WW2 Vet From Syracuse Celebrates 91st Birthday At Battlesite

01.30.15 | Sarah Harnisch

World War II veteran Don Fida, of Syracuse, arrived on the island of Kwajalein to salutes and song Thursday morning on the 71st anniversary of the battle he fought there. Fida arrived on his 91st birthday. He had just turned 20 years old when the ...

NYC College Bans Using "Mr. And Mrs." To Avoid Naming Genders

01.30.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Mr. and Mrs. Politically Correct have laid down the law at City University of New York, where gender-specific salutations are now a no-no. School officials sent out a memo barring professors and other staffers within the graduate program from ...

Dead Western PA Man Winds Up With Job On County Board

01.30.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Officials in western Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how a man who's been dead for more than two years wound up being reappointed to a county industrial authority board. Fayette County officials said it seemed they never tried checking in ...

PA State Treasurer Abruptly Resigns

01.30.15 | Sarah Harnisch

State Treasurer Rob McCord, who resigned suddenly Thursday, is under federal investigation.  WPVI-TV citing anonymous sources, reported that investigators are focusing on the "alleged theft of campaign and other funds." A spokesman for Gov. ...

NY's Assembly Takes A Closer Look At Rulebook After Sheldon Silver's Arrest

01.29.15 | Sarah Harnisch

The New York State Assembly is considering re-writing the rules after Sheldon Silver's arrest. Reformers in the Assembly want to limit background dealings and disperse power, after helping force one of the state's most influential politicians to ...

NY Lawmakers Pass Series of Bills Stiffening Penalties For Sex Offenders

01.29.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Lawmakers in Albany have passed a series of bills stiffening penalties for sex offenders. Senator Ken Lavalle says the seven bills would help safeguard kids, college students and others from sexual predators. The package calls for more stringent ...

PA Gov Tom Wolf To Close Gas Drilling In State Forests

01.29.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Governor Tom Wolf is poised to sign an executive order restoring a moratorium on new natural-gas drilling leases on Pennsylvania's state parks and forests. Wolf's office says he'll sign the order today at Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia. ...

Young Teachers May Not See Much Bang For Their Pension Buck

01.29.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Findings just released from the National Council on Teacher Quality show Pennsylvania's teacher pension system carries the third highest unfunded liability in the country. Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the nation if that $32.6 billion liability is ...

Sheldon Silver Plans To Leave His Post As NY Assembly Speaker Monday

01.28.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Assembly Democrats announced Tuesday night that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will vacate his position by Monday. Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle will serve as speaker until Feb. 10, when an election will be held to fill the post ...

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