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Your Guide to NYC Inauguration Weekend Protests - New York Magazine

Your Guide to NYC Inauguration Weekend Protests - New York MagazineA protester outside Trump Tower on November 9. Photo: Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images. If you can't make it down to D.C. for the 200,000-person-strong Women's March on Washington, there's a New York counterpart on the same day, among ...

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:00:26 GMT

Uber and Lyft cars now outnumber yellow cabs in NYC 4 to 1 - Curbed NY

Uber and Lyft cars now outnumber yellow cabs in NYC 4 to 1 - Curbed NYThe reign of the yellow cab may be coming to an end. Though still an icon of the city, the actual number of yellow taxis on the road is dwindling, having lost “significant ground” to a burgeoning fleet of cars summoned by an army of one-syllable ride ...

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:17:27 GMT

Welcome to the $1.16 trillion skyline - The Real Deal Magazine

Welcome to the $1.16 trillion skyline - The Real Deal MagazineThe total tentative market value for all assessed properties in New York City hit $1.16 trillion this year, an 8.74 percent increase from 2016, when the total crossed $1 trillion for the first time. That's according to new data from the city's ...

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:05:11 GMT
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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT New York

New York City was the first capital of the United States after the Constitution was ratified in 1788. On April 30, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as the nation’s first president at Federal Hall, located on Wall Street.

The popular tabloid New York Post was originally established in 1801 as a Federalist newspaper called the New York Evening Post by Alexander Hamilton, an author of the Federalist papers and the nation’s first secretary of the treasury.

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The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France in honor of the United States’ enduring dedication to freedom and democracy and of the alliance held between the two countries during the American Revolution. Erected in 1886 on Bedloe’s Island (later renamed Liberty Island) in New York Harbor, the statue stood as a welcoming symbol to the 14 million immigrants who entered the United States through New York until 1924.

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After the towns of Woodstock and Wallkill refused permission to host what ultimately became the country’s most renowned musical festival, a dairy farmer in nearby Bethel agreed to provide access to his land for “Three Days of Peace and Music.” With musical acts kicking off on August 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival attracted more than 400,000 attendees—most of whom were admitted for free since the organizers of the event were unprepared to control access for such a large crowd.

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Adirondack Park in northeastern New York contains roughly 6 million acres of protected land. Comprised of both public and private areas, the park is larger than Yellowstone, Glacier, Everglades and Grand Canyon National Parks combined.

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New York City contains roughly 660 miles of subway track connecting 468 subway stations—the lowest of which is located 180 miles below street level. In 2011, more than 1.6 billion people rode the subway.

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Comprised of three waterfalls on United States and Canadian territory, Niagara Falls attracts 12 million visitors each year. The American Falls, in New York, are nearly 180 feet high and 1,100 feet long. The Niagara River produces enough hydroelectric power to supply more than a quarter of all power used in the state of New York and Ontario.

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York.

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New York was once ruled by the Dutch and called New Amsterdam.

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State of New York Quick Facts
  • Current Population:19,795,791
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 25 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: No
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 29
  • Congressional Districts: 27
  • Date of Statehood: July 26, 1788
  • Size: 54,555 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Empire State
  • Tree: Sugar Maple
  • Flower: Rose
  • Bird: Bluebird
Registered Voters

: 11,726,842

Total Active: 11,726,842

  • Democrat : 5,792,497
  • Republican : 2,731,688
  • Con : 159,355
  • GRE : 26,271
  • WOR : 48,344
  • IND : 475,566
  • WEP : 1,283
  • REF : 377
  • OTH : 5,986
  • BLANK : 2,485,475

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in New York?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of New York.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: New York does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in New York?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of New York, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    You can register in person at your county board of elections

    By Mail

    Print the form, complete and sign it, and mail it to your county board of elections

    Online

    Alternately, you can complete a PDF version of the New York State Voter Registration Form on-line

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    Employees who do not have 4 consecutive non-working hours between polls opening and closing, and who do not have "sufficient" non-working time to vote, are entitled to up to 2 hours paid leave to vote. Employees must request the leave between 2 and 10 days before Election Day. The employer can specify whether it be taken at beginning or end of shift. Employers must post this rule conspicuously 10 days prior to election.

    New York State Government

    New York Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We The People of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our Freedom, in order to secure its blessings, DO ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION.

    No member of this state shall be disfranchised, or deprived of any of the rights or privileges secured to any citizen thereof, unless by the law of the land, or the judgment of his or her peers, except that the legislature may provide that there shall be no primary election held to nominate candidates for public office or to elect persons to party positions for any political party or parties in any unit of representation of the state from which such candidates or persons are nominated or elected whenever there is no contest or contests for such nominations or election as may be prescribed by general law

    The Executive Branch
    Governmental Structure

    Executive Power

    The executive power shall be vested in the governor, who shall hold office for four years; the lieutenant-governor shall be chosen at the same time, and for the same term. The governor and lieutenant-governor shall be chosen at the general election held in the year nineteen hundred thirty-eight, and each fourth year thereafter. They shall be chosen jointly, by the casting by each voter of a single vote applicable to both offices, and the legislature by law shall provide for making such choice in such manner. The respective persons having the highest number of votes cast jointly for them for governor and lieutenant-governor respectively shall be elected.

    New York Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Appointed)
  • Legislative Branch
    New York State Capitol viewed from the south, located on the north end of the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of this state shall be vested in the senate and assembly.

    The senate shall consist of fifty members,* except as hereinafter provided. The senators elected in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five shall hold their offices for three years, and their successors shall be chosen for two years.

    The assembly shall consist of one hundred and fifty members. The assembly members elected in the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-eight, and their successors, shall be chosen for two years.

    Judicial Branch
    New York State Supreme Court Building, formerly the New York County Courthouse, in 2013

    Judicial Power

    There shall be a unified court system for the state. The state-wide courts shall consist of the court of appeals, the supreme court including the appellate divisions thereof, the court of claims, the county court, the surrogate's court and the family court, as hereinafter provided.

    The Supreme Court of the State of New York includes 62 courts--one Supreme Court for each County.

    The New York Court of Appeals consists of seven judges: one chief judge and six associate judges.

    New York Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(150)
    (105)(43)(2)
    State Senators(63)
    (31)(31)(1)
    US Representatives(27)
    (18)(9)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    New York Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall be commander-in-chief of the military and naval forces of the state. The governor shall have power to convene the legislature, or the senate only, on extraordinary occasions. At extraordinary sessions convened pursuant to the provisions of this section no subject shall be acted upon, except such as the governor may recommend for consideration.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor or lieutenant-governor, except a citizen of the United States, of the age of not less than thirty years, and who shall have been five years next preceding the election a resident of this state.

    Election

    New York elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality

    Limit on Tenure

    New York governors do not face any term limits.

    Salary

    $179,000 (voluntarily reduced by 5%)

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The lieutenant-governor shall possess the same qualifications of eligibility for office as the governor. The lieutenant-governor shall be the president of the senate but shall have only a casting vote therein. The lieutenant- governor shall receive for his or her services an annual salary to be fixed by joint resolution of the senate and assembly.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor or lieutenant-governor, except a citizen of the United States, of the age of not less than thirty years, and who shall have been five years next preceding the election a resident of this state.

    Election

    New York elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality.

    Limit on Tenure

    Has no term limit.

    Salary

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The comptroller and attorney-general shall be chosen at the same general election as the governor and hold office for the same term, and shall possess the qualifications provided in section 2 of article IV.

    Qualifications

    at least 30 years old a resident of New York for at least five years next preceding the election

    Election

    New York elects attorneys general in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    The attorney general is elected in the midterm elections and serves four-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Has no term limit.

    Salary

    $151,500

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    There shall be in the state government a department of state. The head of the department shall be the secretary of state.

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for this office

    Election

    The office of Secretary of State is an appointed statewide position. The governor appoints many of the executive officers with the "advice and consent" of the state Senate.

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $120,800

    Qualification age

    New York State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    Each house shall determine the rules of its own proceedings, and be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members; shall choose its own officers; and the senate shall choose a temporary president and the assembly shall choose a speaker.

    Qualifications

    No person shall serve as a member of the legislature unless he or she is a citizen of the United States and has been a resident of the state of New York for five years, and, except as hereinafter otherwise prescribed, of the assembly or senate district for the twelve months immediately preceding his or her election; if elected a senator or member of assembly at the first election next ensuing after a readjustment or alteration of the senate or assembly districts becomes effective, a person, to be eligible to serve as such, must have been a resident of the county in which the senate or assembly district is contained for the twelve months immediately preceding his or her election.

    Election

    The elections of senators and members of assembly, pursuant to the provisions of this constitution, shall be held on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday of November, unless otherwise directed by the legislature.

    Term of Office

    Assembly members serve two-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Without term limits.

    Salary

    $79,500/year

    Qualification age

    The State Senate
    Authority

    Each house shall determine the rules of its own proceedings, and be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members; shall choose its own officers; and the senate shall choose a temporary president and the assembly shall choose a speaker.

    Qualifications

    No person shall serve as a member of the legislature unless he or she is a citizen of the United States and has been a resident of the state of New York for five years, and, except as hereinafter otherwise prescribed, of the assembly or senate district for the twelve months immediately preceding his or her election; if elected a senator or member of assembly at the first election next ensuing after a readjustment or alteration of the senate or assembly districts becomes effective, a person, to be eligible to serve as such, must have been a resident of the county in which the senate or assembly district is contained for the twelve months immediately preceding his or her election.

    Election

    The elections of senators and members of assembly, pursuant to the provisions of this constitution, shall be held on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday of November, unless otherwise directed by the legislature.

    Term of Office

    Senators and Assembly members are elected on even numbered years for two-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Without term limits.

    Salary

    $79,500/year + per diem.

    Qualification age

    New York State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    generally hears cases outside the authority of the lower courts such as civil matters beyond the monetary limits of the lower courts’ jurisdiction, divorce, separation and annulment proceedings, and criminal prosecutions of felonies.

    Qualifications

    Election

    New York Supreme Court justices are elected to 14-year terms. In practice, most of the power of selecting judges belongs to local political party organizations who cross-endorse each others' candidates.

    Term of Office

    New York Supreme Court justices are elected to 14-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Review justices may serve till the age of 76.

    Salary

    Qualification age

    The Court Appeals
    Authority

    The jurisdiction of the court of appeals shall be limited to the review of questions of law except where the judgment is of death, or where the appellate division, on reversing or modifying a final or interlocutory judgment in an action or a final or interlocutory order in a special proceeding, finds new facts and a final judgment or a final order pursuant thereto is entered; but the right to appeal shall not depend upon the amount involved.

    Qualifications

    No person, other than one who holds such office at the effective date of this article, may assume the office of judge of the court of appeals, justice of the supreme court, or judge of the court of claims unless he or she has been admitted to practice law in this state at least ten years. No person, other than one who holds such office at the effective date of this article, may assume the office of judge of the county court, surrogate's court, family court, a court for the city of New York established pursuant to section fifteen of this article, district court or city court outside the city of New York unless he or she has been admitted to practice law in this state at least five years or such greater number of years as the legislature may determine.

    Election

    Judges are now appointed by the governor to 14-year terms.

    Term of Office

    Judges are now appointed by the governor to 14-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $191,000

    Associate salary

    $185,000

    Qualification age

    An individual must have been admitted to the practice of law for at least five years.

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