Lobbyists Turn Out for Mark-Viverito’s Swearing-In Ceremony

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito is sworn in for a third term.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito is sworn in for a third term.

A handful of backroom power players in city and state politics turned out for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito swearing-in ceremony this afternoon–including many of the people who soon will be lobbying the City Council on behalf of clients with interest before the city. Continue reading “Lobbyists Turn Out for Mark-Viverito’s Swearing-In Ceremony”

Multiple New Marijuana Proposals Waft Towards Albany

Seattle resident displaying a bag of marijuana shortly after a lew legalizing recreational use of the drug took effect in Washington State last month. (Photo: Getty)
Seattle resident displaying a bag of marijuana shortly after a lew legalizing recreational use of the drug took effect in Washington State last month. (Photo: Getty)

While a growing number of states have been legalizing medical and even recreational use of marijuana, the popular plant remains illegal in New York. However, an upcoming pair of new medical marijuana bills in the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of the drug may signal the Empire State is on its way to looser marijuana regulations.  Continue reading “Multiple New Marijuana Proposals Waft Towards Albany”