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 ...

Capitol Watch: Pot heats up, Cuomo pondering Iowa?

New York 11/24/18, 10:47

In New York state government news, talk of legalizing recreational marijuana is heating up ahead of the 2019 session.Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has dismissed a report that he has contacted Iowa Democrats about a potential run for president. Cuomo says he plans to "stick with New York state."Here's a ...

NY state Sen. Jose Peralta dies at 47; wife says he fell ill

New York 11/22/18, 21:41

State Sen. Jose Peralta, a New York lawmaker who was the first Dominican-American elected to the Senate, has died. The Democrat was 47 and nearing the end of nearly two decades in office after losing a primary this fall.Peralta died Wednesday night at Elmhurst Hospital, spokesman Chris Sosa said. The ...

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers to review voting problems

New York 11/10/18, 09:48

In New York state government news, lawmakers are taking a look at voting problems from Tuesday's election.Malfunctioning ballot scanning machines and long lines caused big problems for many voters Tuesday. Lawmakers will hold a hearing Thursday to review the complaints and discuss options for improvements. One common proposal: Allow voters ...

Capitol Watch: Call for debates in governor’s race

New York 10/06/18, 08:32

In New York state government news, the challengers hoping to oust Gov. Andrew Cuomo say the Democrat is dragging his feet on debates.Meanwhile, environmental groups are angry that a state task force created to address drinking water contamination missed a key deadline. They're urging Cuomo and state health officials to ...

Capitol Watch: Paroling murderers and drinking water safety

New York 09/29/18, 12:39

In New York state government news, Republican lawmakers want to know more about recent decisions to parole convicted murderers, and environmental groups and residents in areas impacted by water contamination are calling for tougher state standards.Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has to correct the record on his campaign's contacts with ...

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