Advocates for nursing home workers say the New York State Department of Health is trying to undermine a law meant to establish minimum staffing requirements.
Advocates for nursing home workers say the New York State Department of Health is trying to undermine a law meant to establish minimum staffing requirements.
The Republican candidate for governor, Lee Zeldin, said Friday that even though he is opposed to abortion rights, he respects the views of those who disagree with him and would not make big changes in the state’s abortion rights laws.
The decision to strike down the state’s 1911 laws governing concealed carry, came after a challenge by New York State Rifle and Pistol association.
The new laws were passed after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the state’s 100-year-old concealed carry laws in June.
The man accused in the mass shooting in Buffalo allegedly threatened to commit a murder-suicide at his high school near Binghamton.
As the new school year is about to get underway, it will begin with fewer incumbent school board members.
New York’s Democratic Party leaders had been criticizing Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin for a planned fundraiser with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis had to pull out because of an “unforeseen tragedy.”
New York state has begun the application process for licenses to run retail cannabis stores, nearly a year and a half after the drug became legal for adult recreational purposes.
Wednesday marked a year since Kathy Hochul became New York’s governor.
Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday that COVID-19 rules will be eased for New York’s schoolchildren this year, and masks and social distancing will no longer be required.
The second of New York’s two primary voting days is being held on Tuesday August 23, with some hotly contested races. Turnout is expected to be low.
There is data to back up the progressive groups’ concerns.
One contributor to the spending increase is Hochul’s plan to pump $10 billion into the state’s health care workforce.
Arguments continue over who will draw the new state Assembly lines after a court ruled that those lines were unconstitutionally gerrymandered.
“I want to be in the business of preventing crimes more so than trying to solve crimes. A red flag (law) allows us to do that.”
“I always run like an underdog up until the very last minute. That’s why I am successful.”
This November will be only the second time in 44 years that the name Cuomo has not been on a statewide ballot.
“Our farmers, our farmworkers are all getting collectively screwed right now by one-party Democratic rule.”
While there are more reported cases of COVID-19 this summer than the two previous summers, the incidences of hospitalization and death are much lower.
Her opponent has called for a full repeal of the state’s bail reform laws, which ended most forms of cash bail.
Hochul is stepping up efforts against monkeypox with a new supply of vaccines and intensified education efforts.
“Independent voters (are) closely divided, 44% with Zeldin, 42% with Hochul.”
Last week, Gov. Kathy Hochul declared monkeypox a state disaster emergency.
Public safety issues are dominating the governor’s race in New York in recent days.
Progress on creating the new commission has been slow, leaving the state without any ethics panel at all.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday that the state will spend $70 million for improving child care services, as part of a plan that also ends the state sales tax on baby diapers.
“She can transform the direction of the court, she can transform the leadership of the court…she could make a pretty dramatic change in our high court.”
“I was not aware that this was a company that had been supportive of me. I don’t keep track of that.”
“We don’t currently, based on today’s numbers, anticipate the need for masks in classrooms, but I’m going to reserve the right to return to this policy.”
“Kathy Hochul is dragging her feet because of politics, and because there’s an election coming up on Nov. 8.”
The measures include new restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon and a constitutional amendment protecting abortion.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul outlined her plan for a Thursday special session of the Legislature to address the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down New York’s restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul won Tuesday’s Democratic primary, her first contest in seeking a full term as governor. She’ll now face the Republican primary winner, Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin, in the November election.
While Governor Hochul is favored to win, her running mate, Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, does not hold the same level of support.
“History shows us that when abortion is banned, abortion becomes unsafe for women.”
Governor Hochul will call the legislature back into session in the coming weeks to address the issue. “We are not powerless.”
Twice in the past 15 years, a lieutenant governor in New York found themselves suddenly elevated to governor.
“No 18 year old can walk in on their birthday, and walk out again with an AR-15. Those days are over.”
Governor Hochul says the state budget includes $25 million dollars to support abortion care facilities in New York, and has $10 million dollars to beef up security.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she’s told her Cabinet they might have to be careful about state spending next year, as inflation continues to rise and Wall Street drops.
It’s less than three weeks until New York state’s primary for governor, and so far, it seems the contest is Gov. Kathy Hochul’s to lose.
Gov. Kathy Hochul is indicating she may wait to decide whether to sign into law a bill that would ban some types of crypto mining in the state for two years.
Governor Kathy Hochul defended her record against her two primary opponents in a debate Tuesday night, where topics ranged from abortion rights to cryptocurrency mining.
Hochul signed 10 gun control bills into law, including raising the age to buy a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21.
State lawmakers concluded their 2022 session by working to pass several gun control and abortion rights bills, as well as a first-in-the-nation two-year ban on cryptocurrency mining.
Two-and-a-half weeks after a mass shooting in Buffalo killed 10 people, the New York State Legislature passed measures to close loopholes in the state’s gun laws and to prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from buying a semi-automatic rifle.
With the prospect of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, the New York Legislature has approved several measures to protect abortion providers.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and legislative leaders have agreed on a package of gun control measures that includes banning the purchase of assault-style weapons to New Yorkers under the age of 21.
The legislative session is scheduled to end on Thursday. New York Governor Kathy Hochul and the Legislature hope to accomplish several major issues, including further protecting abortion rights and more gun safety measures.
The move paves the way to hold a special election for his seat on Aug. 23, the same date as the congressional and state Senate primaries.
“Today is a good day, today is a righteous day, because it is a victory for justice. And it is long overdue.”
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Tuesday that she’s putting together a team of independent experts to look into the state’s nursing home policies during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when thousands of elderly residents died.
At an emotional event following an agreement in the New York State Assembly to pass the Adult Survivors Act, victims of sexual harassment and abuse say now they and others can finally have their day in court.
Among the proposals is one that would close a loophole, and outlaw a category of weapons designed to evade the New York’s gun control laws.
In 1970, after New York became the first state to legalize abortion, an estimated 200,000 women came from other states to have the procedure here.
“The hate has not just infected our society and how people think. It’s literally been weaponized.”
“I can only speculate that people are tired of this, I’m tired of it, but the virus, unfortunately, doesn’t get tired.”
“When there’s early warning signs that someone could do harm to themselves or others, there has to be an examination as to whether or not there are guns in the house.”
“We’re trying to remember the 10 people who did not come out of that grocery store. The 10 people whose lives ended because they went grocery shopping.”
New York is set to hold a primary election on June 28 for statewide offices, but primaries for congressional and state Senate seats will be held on Aug. 23.
“How many times do survivors have to relive their trauma at a press conference or in front of legislators before you take action?”
The governor says $10 million dollars will also be available to increase security protections for clinics.
James said it’s even more urgent after the leaked draft opinion suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade.
“We watched our daughter suffer. It was horrible. And she asked and asked and asked for medical aid in dying.”
If conservative judges on the U.S. Supreme Court follow through with a draft opinion leaked earlier this week striking down abortion rights, then as many as 26 states may also outlaw the procedure.
“You don’t want to mess with the state of New York. And I assure you that this is fight you will not win.”
For this election cycle, the rule applies only to Benjamin, who was indicted April 12 on federal corruption charges and resigned later that day.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul reacted to the Politico report that the U.S. Supreme Court has voted to overturn the landmark abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade, saying New York will help women from states where the procedure is outlawed.
The state Board of Elections says its staff is ready to “quickly develop a new Political Calendar for an August primary”.
The New York State Legislature is poised to vote as early as Monday on a bill that would remove disgraced former Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin from the primary election ballot.
New York voters will likely end up going to the polls three times this year, now that the state’s highest court has thrown out new district lines for congressional and State Senate seats, and delayed some primaries originally scheduled for June.
New York’s highest court has struck down the state’s new district lines for Congress and the state Legislature, throwing the June 28 primary into potential chaos.
“We seriously disagree with the proposition that this was an egregious gerrymander. We don’t believe it was a gerrymander at all.”
Voters increasingly disapprove of how the governor is handling a number of issues like crime and the economy.
Questions About the Disgraced Former Lt. Gov. Continue to Follow Governor Hochul.
“The Greenidge facility itself, when it’s fully operational, will be emitting over a million tons of CO2 equivalents in the air every year.”
Gov. Kathy Hochul and her opponents have just over two months left to campaign for governor before the June primary.
Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that new variants of COVID-19 are spreading in New York, but there’s no reason to be alarmed.
Some New York state lawmakers who represent the districts around the State Capitol said Monday that the multi-building complex should set an example for the rest of the state and switch to all-renewable energy to power lights and heating.
A new proposal sponsored by a New York state Assembly member would make it easier to remove a candidate from office if they are charged with a crime.
A day after her lieutenant governor’s arrest and resignation, Gov. Kathy Hochul is trying to manage the fallout.
New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin has resigned after being arraigned Tuesday in federal district court on bribery and conspiracy charges.
Brian Benjamin was a state senator when the Manhattan district attorney subpoenaed him last year about an alleged scheme run by a former campaign aide.
“The long-awaited day has arrived,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said.
“The cost of labor and the fact we can’t find people continues to be a problem.”
Gov. Kathy Hochul and state lawmakers inched closer to a budget agreement on Wednesday — six days after the spending plan was due — but they didn’t cross the finish line.
“The Legislature and the governor have agreed to replace JCOPE, but unfortunately with something that has the same fatal flaw.”
The budget’s been held up as Governor Hochul presses for changes to the 2019 criminal justice reforms, which ended cash bail for most crimes.
With paychecks for 62,000 state employees due on Wednesday, there’s talk of the Senate and Assembly passing a short term spending extender.
The law creates minimum staffing ratios and requires that nursing home residents get at least 3.5 hours per day of direct nursing care.
The Senate and Assembly adjourned until Monday, when they say they will try again to reach an accord.
“We don’t want the deck chairs on the Titanic being rearranged. We want the real independent ethics commission that the public’s been promised.”
Marvin Mayfield with the Center for Community Alternatives blamed law enforcement and some politicians, who he said deliberately spread misinformation.
Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday that critiques from the left and right on her proposed bail reform changes means that she is in the right place with the plans.
Two measures that would help undocumented immigrants are facing an uphill battle to be included in the state budget as negotiations go down to the wire.
A 10-point memo written by Hochul would make changes to the state’s bail reform laws has done nothing to ease agitation over rising crime rates.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the COVID-19 omicron subvariant BA.2 is showing up in testing in New York. But so far, it is not spreading as fast as it has in Europe and the United Kingdom.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is reported to be pushing for changes to New York’s controversial bail reform laws, even though legislative leaders have said they are not yet ready to alter the laws.
The Senate is proposing over $4 billion in additional funds for child care, saying the goal is to provide “universal” access.
Government reform groups are asking the state Board of Elections to open an investigation into disgraced former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spending of campaign funds, which he is using to run ads defending his reputation.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday highlighted a new law that would help struggling restaurants and bars by making it easier for establishments to obtain temporary liquor licenses.
New York Republicans met Tuesday to nominate Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin as their candidate for governor. But he will face a primary challenge from other candidates, including Harry Wilson and Andrew Giuliani.
“Cashless bail needs to be repealed, Alvin Bragg needs to be removed. We need to support law enforcement more, not less.”
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul dropped from her budget a controversial proposal that would allow homeowners to bypass local zoning laws and build tiny houses on their property.
“I spoke with our keynote speaker today, Hillary Clinton, a few months ago. She tried to persuade me not to run,”
“We are going to continue speaking to New Yorkers. That is basically the strategy. And let them know what our administration is accomplishing.”
On the third anniversary of the passage of New York’s Child Victims Act, supporters of a measure that would give the same rights to adult survivors of sexual abuse said it’s time for the New York State Legislature to pass it.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul created a new state Office of the Chief Disability Officer and named the first person to lead that office, something she said is long overdue.
The bill was modeled after the Child Victims Act, which created a temporary look back window for victims of child sex abuse to bring civil claims against abusers.
The statewide mask mandate will end Thursday.
“There has been no decision made on a date on which the mask mandate in schools will end.”
Members of the faculty unions from the state and city university systems, along with their allies in the Legislature, testified Monday at a budget hearing.
“I’m going to continue to head in that direction. We are hoping to get to that. That is our goal. But I am going to continue looking at the metrics.”
“The real question is whether courts are going to be willing to wade into that.”
“We’re not taking our foot off the gas when it comes to fighting the pandemic,.”
“There should be regret for not recognizing and respecting the will of the people.”
“To drop the threshold to 40 hours over the next decade will be extremely difficult for farmers and farmworkers alike to absorb.”
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is facing increasing pressure to revisit changes made to the state’s bail laws.
Next week, the New York State Legislature plans to vote on new maps for congressional and legislative districts drawn by Democrats who control both the Senate and the Assembly after a bipartisan commission failed to reach consensus on the maps.
“That’s the steepest population drop of any state in the nation,” said Hochul, who called it “an alarm bell that cannot be ignored.”
The clock is ticking for the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission to come up with a set of new proposed maps for congressional and state Senate and Assembly districts, after it failed to reach agreement earlier this month.
The state Senate on Thursday confirmed Gov. Kathy Hochul’s choice of Dr. Mary Bassett as New York state’s new health commissioner.
Gov. Kathy Hochul is having a very good week.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday released a $216 billion state budget that includes what she said are “pandemic recovery” programs.
WSKG Radio will broadcast Gov. Hochul’s budget address at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Survivors of sexual harassment, including one of the accusers of “Sex and the City” star Chris Noth, held a virtual news conference Thursday to urge legislators to pass a bill that would give victims the right to their day in court against their alleged abusers.
Protesters rallying against the end of New York’s eviction moratorium blocked one of the entrances to the State Capitol as Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed that the tenant protection law will expire on Jan. 15.
The New York State Senate approved a package of bills to expand voting access after two ballot proposals to make it easier to vote were rejected in November.
A city court judge in Albany has dismissed a charge of forcibly touching a former staffer against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after the Albany County district attorney declined to prosecute, citing a lack of evidence to meet the burden of proof at a trial.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul delivered her first State of the State speech Wednesday to a strictly limited audience with the pall of the pandemic casting a shadow over the proceedings.
WSKG Radio and World Television broadcast Governor Hochul’s first State of the State Address today at 1:00 P.M.
A commission designed to independently draw new statewide congressional and legislative districts based on the 2020 census data succumbed to politics Monday when members divided along party lines and presented two opposing plans to the state Legislature.
As the New Year approaches with, once again, uncertainties about the coronavirus, New York Governor Kathy Hochul on New Year’s Eve unveiled plans to cope with COVID-19 in the first weeks of 2022.
The new law is aimed at cutting down on litter from the non-biodegradable material, better known by its brand name, Styrofoam.
New York continues to break records for residents testing positive for the coronavirus, even though there is a shortage of at-home tests and there can be long waits at testing centers.
“The state ethics commission, was completely politicized and undermined by Andrew Cuomo as a deliberate strategy to keep them out of his own hair.”
“Of course she is vaccinated and boosted, so this would be a breakthrough case, but she is feeling fine.”
Concerns about the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus are growing, as the more contagious strain is beginning to take hold in New York.
“We have to get a point of rational discussion about this, and it’s not about scoring political points or getting headlines to call out the governor on an issue.”
“I’m going to monitor what’s going on in the various counties, but I’m not attempting to be heavy-handed.”
State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras will resign effective Jan. 14, acknowledging in a letter to the SUNY Board of Trustees that “recent events surrounding me over the past week have become a distraction.”
The poll finds that 36% of registered Democrats back Hochul, who is seeking election to the job she ascended to after Cuomo resigned in disgrace in August.
“It would be an act of insanity to touch a woman’s breast and make myself vulnerable to a woman for such an accusation.”
“I’m not prepared to shut down schools or the economy at this time. That would be considered an overreaction.”
“When the threshold is at 60, many farms can make minor adjustments, pay a little overtime, get a few more workers, it works out.”
Hochul predicts a surge in the infection rate over the next few days.
Suozzi says the polarization between the left and the right and resulting extremism is “killing” the country.
“You can’t leave it to the last minute. This is not like a term paper in college that you can just pull an all-nighter and make it happen.”
COVID-19 rates are spiking in many parts of upstate New York. So far, local governments have been left to manage the spread of the disease on their own. Now, some county leaders are looking to the state, and Gov. Kathy Hochul, for more help.
New York officials say they hope the state can lead by example with more ambitious goals.
The Assembly report finds that Cuomo oversaw a toxic workplace where he sexually harassed multiple women, and that he used staff to write and edit a $5 million memoir at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“How about this New Year’s resolution- that in the days after New Year’s that we say ‘everybody’ back in the office.”
Much of the rest of upstate New York has a positivity rate of 5% or more, higher than it was in the fall of 2020.
Some commissioners complain they were not given the details about the proposed book deal and it was improperly approved by JCOPE’s staff.
“I will go after politicians who lie, and who think they are above the law. You know I will not stand for it.”
“The effects of bail and discovery reform and the dismantling of our criminal justice system, has effected every New Yorker and made them less safe.”
“We will be selecting 50 names of children who will be receiving a full ride to a SUNY or CUNY institution.”
“The only way we are going to say that New York is truly back, is when the tourism industry is back as well. I believe they are interconnected.”
“We came off an election (in 2020), where Democrats were all charged up to beat Donald Trump. They succeeded. So that motivator is gone.”
“I can handle this, bring it on, but right now, there are so many needs in this state.”
“We have to be willing to stand up to the far left because…(it’s) destroying the party.”
Republicans and Conservatives are claiming victory in the rejection of three ballot proposals that would have allowed mail-in voting in New York, same-day voter registration, and made changes to the state’s redistricting process.
“Everything else will unfold with or without my commentary, and that’s just fine with me.”
“I actually feel bad for the rest of the nation that has not caught up to us. We need a national policy on paid family leave.”
“Mr. Cuomo is scheduled to appear November 17th in Albany City Court. At which point he’ll be processed.”
Democrats favor one set of maps, while GOP commissioners support a different plan.
“In reality, these proportions are devastating to our election integrity.”
“We will take every complaint of harassment and discrimination seriously.”
There are pros and cons to a ballot proposal that would guarantee New Yorkers’ rights to clean air and water.
“(The state attorney general) had a motive to draw every possible inference against the governor, who was a political rival.”