Capitol Watch: Fusion voting; Cuomo talks session priorities

New York 03/02/19, 10:43

In New York government news, the liberal Working Families Party is fighting what it says is an effort by Democrats to weaken third parties in the state.Top Democrats could soon consider a party resolution supporting the elimination of so-called fusion voting, an odd ballot rule that has allowed third parties ...

Governor: No reason to think Amazon might reconsider plan

New York 03/01/19, 16:00

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that his efforts to get Amazon back on board with a New York headquarters have not worked and that he doesn't want the failed Amazon deal to drive other companies away. The Democratic governor said in a radio interview that he has spoken to Amazon executives ...

Old mistake fixed on NY Capitol’s Frederick Douglass carving

U.S. 02/28/19, 11:56

A more than 100-year-old mistake in the spelling of 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass' last name on his stone carving at the New York state Capitol has been corrected.His face is among the faces of 77 famous people carved into the ornate interior stonework of the "Million Dollar Staircase" from ...

Update: Cuomo: 2 trains involved in fatal collision

U.S. 02/26/19, 22:27

The Latest on passenger train that struck a vehicle on Long Island (all times local):10:30 p.m.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says two trains traveling in opposite directions were involved in the collision with a vehicle on Long Island that killed three people.Cuomo says seven passengers on the trains have been ...

Cuomo, de Blasio agree on tolls in Manhattan, MTA overhaul

New York 02/26/19, 17:48

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced a deal on plans for new tolls on motorists entering the heart of Manhattan, an important show of support as state lawmakers debate ways to raise revenue for an outdated transit system. While the joint ...

Greg Abbott, Texas governor, stockpiles cash but not for the usual reason

Texas 02/24/19, 13:26

As governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott doesn't flash the White House ambitions of his predecessors or their big personalities. But in just five years he has quietly built his own distinction: Taking in more cash from donors than any governor in U.S. history. Few others even come close. Since first ...

Trump: Amazon’s dropped deal ‘a big loss’ for hometown NYC

New York 02/22/19, 16:34

President Donald Trump is calling Amazon's decision to drop its plans for new headquarters in New York "a big loss" for the city. Trump tells reporters the city could have hashed out "a much better deal," but is still bemoaning the decision. He's also blaming what he's calling "radical left" thinking, which ...

Cuomo says losing Amazon HQ ‘greatest tragedy’ of his tenure

New York 02/22/19, 14:21

Gov. Andrew Cuomo again blasted fellow Democrats on Friday, March 8,  over Amazon's backing out of a deal to put one of its second headquarters in New York City, calling the internet retailer's rejection the "greatest tragedy" he has seen since he's been in government. Cuomo also said during an interview ...

Oscar-winner Julianne Moore helps unveil Cuomo initiatives

Entertainment 02/19/19, 16:18

Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore has helped New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration unveil the governor's series of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women in New York.Moore joined Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (HOH'-kuhl) on Tuesday at Lincoln Center in Manhattan for an event launching Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Women's Justice ...

Mug shot proposal pits privacy versus the right to know

U.S. 02/19/19, 11:44

New York's governor doesn't want state police to routinely release mug shots of criminal suspects, or arrest booking records about exactly what they are accused of doing.Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal is the latest by states aimed at curtailing the so-called "internet shaming industry"— websites that claim to be able ...

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

New York 02/16/19, 07:57

In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon orange. Even ...

Cuomo slams ‘politicians’ as Amazon dumps NYC headquarters

New York 02/14/19, 16:16

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized politicians over Amazon's decision to abandon plans for a big new headquarters in New York. Cuomo said, opponents of the deal with the tech giant had "put their own narrow political interests above their community." "[A] small group [of] politicians put their own narrow political interests above their ...

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

New York 02/14/19, 14:27

Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world's richest, most powerful companies. "We ...

New state Capitol exhibit highlights New York’s diversity

New York 02/14/19, 02:08

A new exhibit at the state Capitol tells the story of New York's diverse people through images and objects reflecting 400-plus years of immigration and assimilation. The "People of New York" exhibit now open in the East Gallery of the Capitol's second floor features six sections that explore themes illustrating how ...

NYC mayor defends Amazon deal at state budget hearing

New York 02/11/19, 15:33

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says it was "mission critical" for the city to land one of Amazon's second headquarters and the tens of thousands of jobs the company promises to create.The Democrat tells lawmakers in Albany during Monday's state budget hearing on local government funding that the type ...

NY gov raps Amazon critics amid report company’s rethinking

New York 02/08/19, 17:17

Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Friday about what he called "political pandering" to critics of Amazon's proposed secondary headquarters amid a report that the company is reconsidering its planned New York City headquarters.But opponents said they'd keep fighting a project they consider corporate welfare.The back-and-forth came after The Washington Post reported ...

Update: Cuomo calls for investigation of federal jail

U.S. 02/03/19, 16:48

The Latest on the lack of heat and electricity at a federal detention center in New York City (all times local):3:20 p.m.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the federal Department of Justice to investigate the circumstances around inmates going without heat and electricity at a federal detention center ...

Cuomo vows crackdown on truckers who violate Thruway ban

New York 01/31/19, 14:35

State police will crack down on truckers who violate a travel ban on the western section of Thruway, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed Thursday, a day after a tractor-trailer crash near Rochester caused a major pileup that left a trooper with serious injuries. Truckers who ignore traffic bans during severe ...

Gov. Cuomo shrugs off bishops’ calls for his excommunication

New York 01/29/19, 13:13

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday shrugged off criticism and even calls from Roman Catholic leaders for his excommunication from the church over his support of a new state abortion law. Saying he is duty-bound to separate his religious views from his work as governor, Cuomo, a Democrat, ...

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