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Albany Beat — December column

Posted on December 24, 2017

New Legislative Session Begins January 3 As a new legislative session cranks up, state lawmakers are getting an early start trying to make their case for the bills about which they are most passionate. One thing is certain: the annual request for more state aid from local governments, known as the tin cup parade, is Continue Reading »

World AIDS Day Commemorated

Posted on December 1, 2017

Governor Andrew Cuomo has put the word out. He wants to eradicate the AIDS epidemic by the end of 2020. One piece of good news detailed by state health department officials is there have been no reported cases of the HIV virus transmitted from an HIV positive mother to her child for an 18-month period Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — November column

Posted on November 19, 2017

Gov. Hopeful Goes to the Holy Land Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro returned from a six-day jaunt to Israel Tuesday after trying to promote tourism and drum up business relationships with the Israeli government and tech companies based in Israel. “Trying to grow business in NYS and certainly outside the direct NYC metropolitan area requires Continue Reading »

Assemblyman Simanowitz Remembered

Posted on September 7, 2017

16 Elul 5777 September 6, 2017 Assemblyman Simanowitz Remembered For Honesty, Intellect, and Passion for Jewish Causes By Marc Gronich More than 500 mourners crammed into Schwartz Brothers-Jeffer Memorial Chapel in the Forest Hills section of Queens on Sunday to say farewell to Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, who died September 2 after a two-year battle with Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — May column

Posted on May 17, 2017

Bills To Watch As the legislative session enters its final weeks, there are five bills of concern to the Jewish community but only one has any real chance of passage. * The New York State Living Donor Support Act has a good chance of passage this year and is supported by advocates from the Jewish Continue Reading »

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a Hit for the Capital Region

Posted on April 15, 2017

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a Hit for the Capital Region By Marc Gronich Schenectady, NY – Carole is king and queen of a certain type of music genre that lived more than 50 years ago. She wrote the music to songs that had a hopeful and inspiring message. I thought it was akin Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — November column

Posted on November 24, 2016

Election Aftermath: State Politics And Congress By: Marc Gronich The brief narrative about last week’s elections on the state level is that everything remains the same moving into next year’s legislative session. The Republican-controlled Senate picked up an extra seat in the Buffalo area but could lose a seat on Long Island when the absentee Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — September column

Posted on September 21, 2016

Trump Receives NY Conservative Nod The New York State Conservative Party, with 160,000 enrolled members across the state, gave Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a boost with an endorsement from a majority of the conservatives gathered at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square this month. Some of the party’s committee members abstained from supporting Continue Reading »

Clarence D. “Rapp” Rappleyea Dies at Age 82

Posted on September 5, 2016

Clarence D. “Rapp” Rappleyea, a Republican leader of the New York State Assembly for 12 years during the 1980s and 90s, has passed away. He was 82 years old. The Norwich native died at Albany Medical Center on Sunday, September 4th. Rappleyea became minority leader in 1983, three years after I was starting out as Continue Reading »

Questions Surround New Kosher Food Booth At New York State Fair

Posted on September 1, 2016

SYRACUSE, NY – The Great New York State Fair opened for its 175th year last week and for the first time it features a kosher food booth. Catering by The Oaks, a Syracuse-based food service run by the Sodexo company, is the vendor serving an all-dairy menu including deep-fried potato knishes ($4), deep-fried apple or Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — August column

Posted on August 17, 2016

Orthodox Rabbis Urge Leniency In Child Porn Case The Albany Orthodox Jewish community was rocked by the sentencing of Michael Isaacson, convicted in federal court on three counts of child pornography charges. “On March 1, Isaacson admitted that he distributed child pornography files over the Internet,” according to Richard Hartunian, the United States Attorney for Continue Reading »

Pay Bump for State Union Workers

Posted on July 29, 2016

Pay Bump for State Union Workers By Marc Gronich Members of the state’s second-largest public employees union, the Public Employees Federation (PEF), are now in line to receive their long-promised two percent pay raise retroactive to April 2015. For the 54,500 members of the mostly white-collar, high-paying state jobs, the retroactive pay will be approximately Continue Reading »

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