Articles on the Constitution by Danny Hakim

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New York Times
Danny Hakim
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
 Six years after New York’s highest court forced the state to substantially increase financing to poor school districts, the group that won that ruling is threatening a new lawsuit unless Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature come up with...
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New York Times
Danny Hakim
Monday, September 3, 2012
 Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asked one of his most prominent members to resign last Friday amid a sexual harassment scandal but was rebuffed, Mr. Silver said in an interview on Monday.  
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New York Times
Danny Hakim
Monday, July 23, 2012
 ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, already drawing attention for its focus on secrecy, has now begun editing his record as New York attorney general, sending aides to the state archives to remove key documents from...
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Danny Hakim
Monday, May 28, 2012
Few investors are more bullish these days than public pension funds. 
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New York Times
Danny Hakim
Monday, March 26, 2012
 ALBANY — As the state moves toward legalizing full-scale casinos, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers have agreed to overhaul the regulation of gambling, concentrating power in a panel that would be largely controlled by the governor. 
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New York Times
Danny Hakim
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Gov. David A. Paterson named Richard Ravitch, a Democratic lawyer with a career in government dating back a half century, as the state’s lieutenant governor on Wednesday.Mr. Paterson said Mr. Ravitch, 76, would bring stability to the capital and...
The New York State Constitution not provide for a method of filling a vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor.  The Constitution also does not fix the size of the State Senate, but provides that the Lieutenant Governor "shall be the president of the senate but shall have only a casting vote therein." (Article IV, §6).  In 2009, a perfect storm appeared where there was both a vacancy in the Lieutenant Governor's Office, and a deadlock (31-31) in the Senate.  Governor David Patterson appointed Richard Ravitch to the office of Lieutenant Governor to solve this problem.
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