State News

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April 08, 2019 - 4:10 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats in the New York Legislature are again pushing legislation that would require statewide elected officials in New York — including the president of the United States — to disclose their state income tax returns. Assemblyman David Buchwald, of Westchester, and Sen. Brad...
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April 06, 2019 - 4:12 pm
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.
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April 06, 2019 - 3:58 pm
A bizarre exchange in the Senate over a budget provision banning plastic grocery bags statewide inadvertently underscored the upstate-downstate divide in the state Capitol.
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Limo Crash
April 05, 2019 - 7:32 pm
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) -- A grand jury has indicted the operator of a limousine company in a crash last fall that killed 20 people. Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery announced the charges Friday against Nauman Hussain. He faces 20 counts each of criminally negligent homicide and second...
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April 05, 2019 - 4:52 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A state audit says food safety inspectors in New York state failed to take action in response to hundreds of serious health violations. The audit published Friday by Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli analyzed records of more than 400,000 inspections between 2014 and...
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April 04, 2019 - 5:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of New Yorkers accused of crimes will no longer face waiting for trial in jail under a new bail law. The state budget approved this week requires release without money bail for most people awaiting trial on misdemeanors, nonviolent felonies and certain robbery and...
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April 04, 2019 - 5:33 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A state lawmaker wants to expand New York's plastic bag ban to include the sacks used for restaurant take-out and leftovers. Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, announced legislation Thursday that would eliminate an exemption for restaurants in the new law banning single-use...
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April 03, 2019 - 12:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Six states and the District of Columbia have sued the Department of Agriculture, accusing the federal agency of weakening nutritional standards in school meals. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. The lawsuit asks the court to overturn changes in standards...
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April 02, 2019 - 6:43 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York state has reversed a proposed $50,000 funding cut to the Special Olympics. Special Olympics New York has received $1.1 million a year from the state to support its regular programs serving 68,000 athletes. Officials inadvertently cut $50,000 when putting together the...
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April 01, 2019 - 6:40 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders have agreed to stop the routine public release of arrest mug shots but will continue to allow public access to other booking information. The state budget approved Monday by the Democrat-controlled Legislature contains...
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