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Albany Beat — June column

Posted on June 23, 2016

Legislature Wraps Up Session On Shabbos By: Marc Gronich State lawmakers wrapped up the 238th legislative session over Shabbos, which prevented observant Jewish lawmakers, few as they are, from voting on some of the most important measures of the session. Most lawmakers left Albany around 3 p.m. Friday to be home with their families for Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — May column

Posted on May 19, 2016

Child Abuse Takes Center Stage In Albany A particularly frustrating and gut-wrenching issue dominating the final days of the legislative session concerns a push to remove the statute of limitations for prosecuting sex abusers of children. The law currently states that after a victim or survivor of abuse reaches the age of 23 he or Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — April column

Posted on April 26, 2016

Felder May Return To Democratic Conference EITC Defeated Once Again The failure to include the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) in the latest state budget has many factions roiled. It is seen as a victory for the teachers’ unions and another blow for groups such as the Catholic Conference, Agudath Israel of America, (AIA) and Continue Reading »

New York’s top cop steps down

Posted on April 8, 2016

Just hours before he tended his resignation, State Police Superintendent Joe D’Amico was lauded for his leadership and loyalty to the troopers that make up the long gray line known as the State Police. At a ceremony for the changing of the guard at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs, retiring Major General Patrick Continue Reading »

Majority Rules In The Assembly

Posted on March 20, 2016

Only in Albany is math skewed to the point where 76 is not a majority of 150. There are 150 members of the Assembly (42 Republicans, 104 Democrats, and four open seats), and it takes a majority of members to get legislation passed. You would think that would mean 76 members sponsoring legislation would green-light Continue Reading »

The Jewish Press — February 2016

Posted on February 17, 2016

New York Top Court Has New Pistol-Packing Chief Judge A 33-year stretch of Jewish chief judges on the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, has come to a screeching halt with the swearing-in of former Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, 60, a Republican-turned-Democrat. DiFiore’s husband, Dennis Glazer, a retired lawyer, Continue Reading »

Il Volo Wows at Palace

Posted on February 16, 2016

Three guys in their 20s from Italy brought their performance to the beautiful and majestic Palace Theatre in Albany like the Beatles stormed the U.S. in the early 60s. In fact, during a performance of 22 songs in less than two hours, Il Volo channeled the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and Dean Martin. Continue Reading »

Silver Convicted

Posted on November 30, 2015

If the indictment, trial and subsequent convictions of Sheldon Silver have taught us anything it is that even if you think what you’re doing is legal, the justice system, led by prosecutors, may have a different opinion. The Silver trial focused on two points. In one case, Silver felt if he lined up grant money Continue Reading »

November: Sweeps Month For Top Lawmakers In Court

Posted on November 18, 2015

Silver Trial Continues The fate of former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver hangs in the balance as a federal jury sits through several weeks of testimony. Silver, 71, is charged by federal authorities “with using his official position to receive nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks from people and businesses in exchange for his official Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — October column — The Jewish Press

Posted on October 16, 2015

Published: October 14, 2015 There are few candid statements a judicial candidate or justice can make publicly. Criticizing an opponent is not one of them, according to the canons of judicial ethics. A judicial candidate or justice can speak glowingly about his or her own accomplishments but cannot denigrate an opponent’s accomplishments or alleged lack Continue Reading »

TheRep Opens Season 35 With 4000 Miles

Posted on October 7, 2015

Capital Repertory Theatre, now known as TheRep, located in downtown Albany, opened its 35th season with the production of “4000 Miles.” The play details the lifestyles of a grandmother, Vera, and her long lost grandson, Leo, that spans a difference of 65-plus years. The age difference might as well have been 4,000 miles but the Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — September column — The Jewish Press

Posted on September 17, 2015

Jews In Law Enforcement By: Marc Gronich Published: September 17, 2015 There are few, if any, observant Jews among the ranks of the New York State Police. One reason, says Rabbi Bernard Freilich, 63, clergy and unpaid liaison to the superintendent of the state police, is because with a force of 8,000 police and law Continue Reading »

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