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New York Assembly passed same-sex marriage legislation
June 19, 2011
On June 19, 2007, the New York State Assembly voted 85-61 to pass a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill was proposed in April 2007 by Governor Eliot Spitzer. The bill went on to be defeated in the New York State Senate. A similar measure was again passed by the Assembly in 2009 after it was....... [more]

New York State Assembly approves same-sex marriage bill
May 13, 2009
The New York State Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow same-sex marriages to be performed in the state. The legislation, which was introduced last month by New York Governor David Paterson, passed by a vote of 89-52. The assembly passed a similar measure in 2007, and five members who....... [more]

NY appeals court dismisses charges against stock exchange CEO
July 2, 2008
A divison of the New York State Supreme Courtdismissed remaining charges against former New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) CEO Richard Grasso on Tuesday. Former NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer had brought six charges against Grasso over his controversial $187.5 million compensation package from....... [more]

Spitzer resignation casts shadow over law reforms
March 12, 2008
The resignation of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Wednesday following disclosure of his involvement with a prostitution ring subject to a federal wiretap has interrupted and potentially compromised a series of law reform initiatives championed by the former state attorney general. Among the most pr....... [more]

New York Assembly passes Spitzer gay marriage bill
June 20, 2007
The New York State Assembly Tuesday passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage following three hours of often emotional debate. The bill was proposed in April by New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, and was sponsored in the Assembly by gay Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell, brother of talk show hos....... [more]

Former FBI chief applauds latest efforts to extend DNA testing
May 30, 2007
Former FBI Director William S. Sessions Wednesday applauded recent efforts to extend DNA testing, especially for the benefit of prisoners facing the death penalty. In a JURIST op-ed, Sessions said that a proposal by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) to expand New York's DNA database and an Ohio Su....... [more]

DNA Evidence and the Death Penalty
May 30, 2007
JURIST Special Guest Columnist and former FBI Director William S. Sessions says that Governor Eliot Spitzer's recent proposal to expand the New York DNA database and an Ohio Supreme Court ruling liberalizing DNA testing for inmates should be welcomed as necessary and overdue efforts to protect publi....... [more]

World Trade Center insurance settlement reached
May 24, 2007
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) and State Insurance Superintendent Eric R. Dinallo announced Wednesday that Silverstein Properties, which owns a 99-year lease of the World Trade Center site, has settled all outstanding insurance claims with seven insurance companies at a price of $2 billion dollars....... [more]

New York appeals court dismisses most claims against ex-NYSE chairman
May 8, 2007
A New York appeals court Tuesday dismissed four of six claims against former New York Stock Exchange chairman Richard Grasso, finding they were not within the New York attorney general's authority to bring. Grasso was forced out of the stock exchange in 2003 following a public outcry over his ....... [more]

New York governor introduces gay marriage bill
April 27, 2007
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (D) introduced a bill Friday to legalize gay marriage in New York. In a press release, Spitzer said :Under current law, partners unable to enter into a civil marriage- and their children- lack legal protections taken for granted by married couples. In such areas as....... [more]

Spitzer plans bill to bolster abortion rights in New York
April 26, 2007
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer said Wednesday the he plans to submit legislation that would establish a fundamental, statutory right to privacy for women in making personal reproductive decisions. Spitzer's proposed Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act would revise the sta....... [more]


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