NY Gov. Cuomo signs offshore drilling ban into law

New York 04/29/19, 16:51

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a new ban on drilling for oil and gas off the New York coast. The Democrat was joined by musician Billy Joel for a bill signing Monday on Long Island. Members of the Democrat-led state Legislature passed the ban earlier this year following the Trump ...

Trump says NRA ‘under siege’ by New York investigation

New York 04/29/19, 12:07

President Donald Trump says the National Rifle Association is "under siege" in New York after state Attorney General Letitia James announced an investigation into the organization. The Republican president tweeted Monday that James and her fellow Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are "illegally" trying to "destroy" the NRA. "The NRA is under siege ...

New York investigating National Rifle Association’s finances

New York 04/27/19, 19:43

New York state's attorney general has begun an investigation into the National Rifle Association.Kelly Donnelly, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Letitia James, said Saturday that James' office has issued subpoenas as part of an investigation related to the NRA.William A. Brewer, the NRA's outside lawyer, says the NRA "will fully ...

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers return with pot, rent on the agenda

New York 04/27/19, 17:56

In New York state government news, lawmakers are returning to Albany to begin the final two months of the legislative session, and bills to legalize recreational marijuana will top the agenda.Meanwhile, a Senate investigations committee is making it easier for the public to suggest topics for future scrutiny.A look at ...

Gillibrand: NY Gov. Cuomo can endorse ‘whoever he likes’

2022 Campaign 04/26/19, 19:07

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is shrugging off her state's governor's endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign over her own. Speaking to reporters after an event Friday at a bar in Nashua, New Hampshire, Gillibrand said, "Our governor can endorse whoever he likes, but I am the ...

Capitol Watch: Farmworker labor debate, Cuomo taxes

New York 04/20/19, 12:04

New York state lawmakers will hold hearings on a proposal to repeal an 80-year-old law that prevents farmworkers in the state from unionizing.The proposal has long languished in Albany, but supporters are more hopeful now that Democrats control the entire Legislature.Meanwhile, a look at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax returns shows ...

Parole granted for driver in deadly 1981 Brink’s heist

U.S. 04/17/19, 17:24

Former left-wing revolutionary Judith Clark was granted parole Wednesday after serving more than 37 years behind bars for her role as getaway driver in a 1981 Brink's armored truck robbery that left two police officers and a security guard dead."You were wrong. Your behavior was criminal. Your callous disregard for ...

Flags lowered in memory of Marines killed in Afghanistan

U.S. 04/10/19, 12:11

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in memory of two Marine Corps reservists from New York who were killed in Afghanistan. Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks and Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman were killed by a roadside bomb Monday along with Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, of York, Pennsylvania. Slutman was a ...

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers pivot to legal pot, rent rules

New York 04/06/19, 11:20

New York state lawmakers who delivered a budget on time this past week are turning their attention to thorny debates over legalizing recreational marijuana and renewing New York City's rent regulations.Both issues are complicated and figuring out the details is likely to dominate the remainder of the legislative session, scheduled ...

NY state poised to raise smoking age from 18 to 21

New York 04/01/19, 13:37

New York is poised to become the latest state to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21. The Democrat-controlled state Senate expects to vote on the measure Monday afternoon. The Assembly, also controlled by Democrats, passed its own legislation last month. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

A look at key items in New York’s $175.5 billion budget plan

New York 03/31/19, 21:09

Here's a look at some of the key items included in the $175.5 billion state budget agreement announced Sunday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat-controlled New York Legislature: MANHATTAN TOLLS: Vehicles traveling south of 61st Street will be charged a toll beginning in 2021 through electronic devices placed around ...

Update: Plastic bag ban gets approved in NY state budget

New York 03/31/19, 17:41

The Latest on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature agreeing to a plastic bag ban as part of the state budget agreement being voted on by lawmakers Sunday (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The Democrat-controlled New York Legislature has passed legislation that will make the state the third in the ...

Manhattan tolls, plastic bag ban approved in New York budget

New York 03/31/19, 13:55

Drivers traveling into the busiest sections of Manhattan will be charged a toll starting in 2021 and single-use plastic bags will be banned across New York state in less than a year under a $175.5 billion state budget agreement announced early Sunday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.Lawmakers planned ...

Ban on plastic bags comes close to reality in a 3rd state

New York 03/29/19, 12:40

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature have reached a deal to make New York the third state with a ban on single-use plastic grocery bags as they worked to finalize budget agreements, officials said Friday. The ban would prohibit grocery stores from providing plastic bags for most ...

Lawmakers: Plastic bag ban gains traction in NY budget talks

New York 03/27/19, 15:02

The ubiquitous plastic bag would be banned throughout New York state under a provision negotiated Wednesday as part of the budget plan that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat-controlled Legislature are trying to finalize before the April 1 deadline.Sen. Todd Kaminsky and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, both Long Island Democrats, said ...

Tough choices as NY budget talks hit home stretch

New York 03/23/19, 12:15

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature are making tough choices as they try to get a spending plan in place by an April 1 deadline.A proposal for Manhattan congestion pricing to fund the ailing transit system is still alive in the spending plan negotiations, ...

School officials don’t want pot part of New York budget

New York 03/19/19, 23:09

Education advocates are urging New York lawmakers to leave the discussion of recreational marijuana out of the state budget process.Several groups sent representatives to Albany Tuesday, including the PTA, Rural Schools Association and Association of School Business Officials.The rally came a day after the New York State School Boards Association ...

Capitol Watch: Will state budget be late?

New York 03/16/19, 11:02

On-time budgets have long been a priority for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a way to demonstrate government effectiveness.That's why it is noteworthy that Cuomo's top budget director is now warning the budget may not pass before the April 1 deadline because of disagreements with Cuomo's fellow Democrats in ...

NY Gov. Cuomo: No quick vote on legal marijuana

New York 03/11/19, 13:29

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he's "no longer confident" an agreement to legalize recreational marijuana in New York will be included in the state budget that's due by April 1, raising the possibility that approval of retail sales of pot won't get passed by the Legislature this year. The Democrat told ...

Appeals court orders ex-Cuomo aide to report to prison

New York 03/07/19, 12:19

A federal appeals court has ordered a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to report to prison next week.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan denied Joseph Percoco bail Thursday pending his appeal.Percoco, who ran Cuomo's 2014 re-election campaign, was sentenced to six years after ...

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