“These interviews and pieces of evidence reveal a deeply disturbing yet clear picture.”
“These interviews and pieces of evidence reveal a deeply disturbing yet clear picture.”
“We should be both expeditious and thorough. The state deserves that. The people of New York deserve that.”
It’s unclear if the attorney general’s report will be a catalyst for the Assembly’s investigation, prompting impeachment, or not.
Federal officials said turning over things like ballots or hard drives to anyone who isn’t an election official could violate the Civil Rights Act.
Residents eligible for the city’s rental assistance program must have experienced a COVID-19-related hardship, such as a loss of income or employment since March 2020 and earn either equal to or less than 50 percent of the Area Median Income.
“I wore a mask for year, it’s not the biggest deal in the world. I could get this delta variant, and I could spread the delta variant. So, better safe than sorry, I’m going to wear a mask.”
“Students who are parents prioritize feeding their children over getting their own meal in order to make their tuition payments.”
Survivors say it’s not too late to file a claim, but some would like another legal window sometime in the near future.
One big question: How hard should mapmakers try to match up district lines with county and municipal borders?
Testing has shown some homes in Elmira Heights to have indoor air concentrations as high as 37 micrograms per cubic meter, over seventeen times the EPA’s maximum for homes.
Cuomo said his administration is doing a “full review” of its mask policies, now that the CDC has altered its recommendations.
“The key difference between a job at McDonald’s and a job at a nursing home should be a career, that you’re beginning a career. We believe we need to build that infrastructure.”
Court documents unsealed Tuesday showed the alleged crimes occurred on multiple occasions between 2016 and 2019.
Jackson said the amendment will empower citizens to go to court, if necessary, to enforce those rights.
Democrats on the council said they wanted a clearer plan of where the plans would be allocated.
New York is using those funds to target 117 zip codes from around the state with lower-than-average vaccination rates, though nearly 80% of those neighborhoods are in New York City or on Long Island.
“I have concerns as to the independence of the reviewers,” Cuomo said. “Is this all happening in a political system? Yes, that is undeniable.”
Schumer said over the weekend that the state was in danger of losing $2.4 billion in federal aid due to delays by the Cuomo administration in getting out the rent relief.
Assembly Speaker Heastie, who attended an unrelated event in Schenectady with Steck, said he’s trying to stay neutral until the impeachment inquiry concludes.
Niezgoda said that smaller infractions, and unintended smuggling, are another matter for travelers to keep in mind.
The Department of Homeland Security said that the closure extension–which applies to the southern border as well–was partially motivated by the desire to minimize the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.
“Many employers are begging for assistance and what we can do is pair up these individuals and get them the training they need, through state-run programs, with willing employers to help eradicate the spectre of violence by giving them an alternative.”
“We’re starting to see it more and more. The weather patterns, I think are changing.”
The system’s Board of Governors voted to proceed with those mergers in a unanimous vote last week, and plan to launch the new “integrated” western and northeast university systems next July.
“Parents can rest assured that sending their child to camp will not mean sending them away from expert mental health care should they need it.”
“It’s just crazy. It’s here. It’s already here. People are already smoking it. Let us just go and get a legal substance from a safe provider.”
“We’re holding them accountable and delivering more than $1 billion more into New York communities ravaged by opioids for treatment, recovery, and prevention efforts.”
By age group, Generation X caregivers spent the most money, at more than $8500.00 in out of pocket expenses, while Generation Z and Millennials spent a larger share of their total household income.
Children younger than 12 will be allowed to enter Canada with their parents or guardians if they follow public health guidelines.
“We don’t love all of them, truthfully.”
So far, Tioga and York Counties have both said they will not be voluntarily turning over any material. Tioga said the primary reason was that Governor Tom Wolf’s administration had heavily discouraged it.
“Why is this so important? Because whether you know it or not, almost every device, every machine you own, depends on a chip.”
Zeldin was one of four Republican members of Congress from New York who voted against certifying the results in Pennsylvania and Arizona.
Cuomo denies the charges, and when he was first accused in late winter apologized if his actions had been misinterpreted.
The move is part of the police accountability law passed by the General Assembly last July in response to the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
“It’s going to have an enormous impact within this community just helping families make ends meet.”
Forecasters predict Pennsylvania will rake in nearly 15 percent more this year than last. That would be the largest increase of any state.
“JCOPE was set up in a way to fail.”
“I can’t tell you how eager I am to tell my side of the story and the time will come.”
Contaminants were regularly used at the plant, especially in metal finishing processes.
“We know that significant change must occur if we are going to ensure that accessible, affordable public higher education remains available and attractive to students.”
The AP finds that other states, including Pennsylvania, report death numbers that mirror the CDC numbers, and count all cases where COVID is either the cause of death or a contributing factor.
“We would like him to remove all dirty fossil fuel solutions, including, for example, the combined heat and power plants, which run on fracked gas. That, under Mr. Tonko’s definition, is clean energy,”
David is running for the seat currently held by Fred Akshar, who is not seeking reelection.
“When the state is engaged in a contract with an organization that has a history of discrimination, that’s inappropriate.”
“There was a concern that was brought to our attention. About whether or not Open Meetings Law applies to hearings.”
“Sixty-three percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients spent some, or all of their payment on paying down debt.”
Last month, Brindisi announced he would not run for his old House seat in New York’s 22nd Congressional District.
Pennsylvania legislative leaders say a bill that would institute new mandatory minimum sentences for gun-related crime is “off the calendar,” at least temporarily.
The Adult Survivors Act would create a one-year look back window for cases of adult sexual abuse. That’s similar to the Child Victims Act, legislation passed in 2019 targeted at victims of child sex abuse.
“Thanks to those brave victims. He’s no longer the district attorney and now he’s a convicted felon.”
About $4.3 billion will be distributed to nearly every state in the nation to help fund prevention, treatment and recovery programs; New York will get $200 million.
“Getting these costs nailed down is really the next step.”
The suspension by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and a New York state appellate court stems from Rudy Giuliani’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
New York is among the states agreeing to end the fight to halt a controversial Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan. The deal shelters members of the Sackler family from opioid lawsuits.
Former President Donald Trump told the Onondaga County Conservative Party last month, that he’ll help campaign for a challenger against Katko.
Unconventional wells produced 7.1 trillion cubic feet of gas last year, even as national and regional natural gas prices dipped in response to the pandemic.
“Review some of the soft-on-crime pieces of legislation that have been passed in the last few years. I think the combination of all of those policies is having a big effect on this increase in violent crime.”
Harder’s press conference came a day after Governor Andrew Cuomo instituted a statewide disaster emergency declaration on gun violence.
On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that fully vaccinated Canadians returning to the country from the U.S. would no longer need to quarantine.
Claudia Tenney is among 168 other members of the House of Representatives in presenting a brief to the Supreme Court pushing for loosened restrictions on who can receive a concealed carry permit.
The state’s Department of Health is working to hire a new company under an even pricier contract to take over its contact tracing program. The previous company was fired for a massive data breach.
“Gun Violence is not only taking a human toll. It’s taking an economic toll. So we have no choice but to address it. It’s the right thing to do.”
New York’s small towns are currently receiving $104 per resident from the Rescue Plan, compared to over $1300 in states with a large unincorporated population.
“GCNR’s petition does not establish any error of law or fact to support its rehearing request.”
Broome County’s declaration will expire at 3:30 p.m., after 457 days in effect.
The firm has received more than 100,000 pages of documents to sort through as part of the inquiry, which is far-reaching and not limited to any one allegation against Cuomo.
“This legislation provides important updates to our state’s medical marijuana program to ensure that patients have improved access to medication.”
The money is supposed to make up for what states missed out on during the pandemic in taxes and fees — and help pay for the recovery effort over the next five years.
“This initiative will help create affordable connected homes that equip residents with the tools necessary to thrive in the modern world.”
“Having an acting chief at the helm of the department right now is not causing any problems.”
Wall Street executives are pushing vaccinated workers to return to work, and that’s good news for vendors and other small businesses in New York that depend on workers from finance.
The comments, drafted by the Tompkins County Office of Planning and Sustainability staff, ask the DEC to provide more specifics about implementation.
The 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate for the Finger Lakes region is now down to .40%.
A bill before Gov. Andrew Cuomo would create a lockbox for anticipated opioid drug manufacturer settlement funds.
Immigration groups around Pennsylvania and the country want to keep pressure on Washington to include a path to citizenship in the final package.
Under the law, New Yorkers who want to change their gender listed on an official identification, no longer needs a doctor’s permission or present medical evidence to obtain those changes.
An amendment to the Senate bill designed to prevent “vaccine passports” would prohibit the secretary from ordering mask wearing and other public health measures.
Lawmakers are working with at least two new piles of money: $2.9 billion in unanticipated income and sales tax revenue and $7.29 billion from the federal government.
They seek a detailed list of data about the deaths of New Yorkers from COVID-19, including those tracked by the date, county and ZIP code, as well as confirmed cases of coronavirus by age group, race, and ethnicity.
“The emergency is over. It will not be renewed.”
“Voters are going to be asked a simple question. Should we add to New York state’s bill of rights, the right to clean air, clean water and a healthful environment?”
A majority of those incarcerated will rejoin the community outside of prison at some point.
“The best way to get our economy back and to rebuild our middle class is to support our unions and our workers.”
Western Pennsylvania Democrat Chris Sainato spent or has been reimbursed personally for more than $1.8 million in mileage, meals, lodging, travel, and office-related costs.
Members of the Assembly held an hours-long meeting, speaking with stakeholders in the healthcare industry on what can be done to save the lives of people dealing with addiction and mental illness.
Gillibrand discussed both during a stop in Ithaca on Monday.
“Why would you want to install 100 facilities when you can do it with three?”
“This isn’t rocket science. It’s public policies that are the biggest lever to lift families out of poverty.”
“If you add in the fact that we have had this crisis, and the governor has taken some heat for it, and the fact that people aren’t feeling better economically, I think that all comes together to produce these lower ratings.”
Not everyone can immediately go back to normal. Unvaccinated New Yorkers still need to wear masks in public and practice safe social distancing.
Freshman New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman joins a class of younger Black lawmakers working to broaden representation and progressive power in Congress, as well as in the Democratic Party.
The Students for Solar Act passed with unanimous support in the state Senate, but never reached the floor of the Assembly for a vote.
The official launch of a new state unemployment benefits portal last Tuesday was riddled with technical hiccups.
Five people were killed, including three law enforcement officers, in a riot at the Capitol, following a rally for then-President Trump. More than a hundred officers were injured.
The tourism industry claims 70% of a $900 million industry in central New York, was lost in the past year.
The effort supported a wider goal of overturning or invalidating election results in several swing states, including Pennsylvania.
New York is still in the process of reopening from the months-long mandatory lock downs, and Governor Cuomo says there are still dangerous variants of the virus that are spreading in other parts of the world.
“We’re very happy to be back again, helping to serve the rural community here in the Harpursville area.”
In May, the governor announced the fair would be open at 50% capacity, but with record low infection rates and an almost 70% vaccination rate, Cuomo said it’s time to open the gates all the way.
Republicans have described it as “comprehensive,” and the product of witness and expert testimony during a series of committee meetings earlier this year.
Rates in some low-income urban and rural areas are as low as 38.8%. The governor says local governments need to focus on those areas and give it “one more push.”
“New York’s COVID-19 numbers continue to hit record lows and New Yorkers are ready to return to normal.”
Many aspects of the proposal may not address actual problems, one expert said.
“Any charges or implications that somehow this is being slow walked, I can categorically deny that.”
In a statement, Senator Stewart-Cousins said talks continue on some issues and the Senate would return to act on them if “necessary”.
For the second year in a row, the New York State Capitol has been off limits to visitors, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing multiple scandals, is largely isolated from the negotiations.
“When airlines start coming to your community, that’s a sign the economic trajectory is going in the right direction.”
Pennsylvania Republicans lawmakers are calling for stricter voter identification requirements, in-person early voting, signature verification of mail ballots, and other major changes.
Restaurants and tavern owners say it’s been a lifeline and allowed them to increase sales and add staff as they struggle to come back from pandemic shutdowns.
“If we were talking about very specific crimes, non-violent crimes, first offender type crimes, that’s something that I could consider. But we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about all crimes.”
“Business owners have seen their work and their dreams just disappear. I don’t know how many thousands of businesses have closed permanently, but it’s thousands, and that’s just a tragedy.”
Acting State Human Services Secretary Meg Snead said parents ultimately have to make their own decisions about what’s safe.
“We all take water for granted. We bathe in it. We cook with it. We drink it. It’s not until something goes wrong with the water that we realize how dependent we are on it.”
“With a 62 to nothing vote in the senate just last week, I don’t know what else they need to know or learn about the bill, I think they just need to bring it to the floor.”
Pennsylvania hopes to bring down a boom in the gypsy moth population, spraying for the invasive species of caterpillar in 19 counties, including northwest Pennsylvania.
Some state senators felt the court needed more public defenders and civil rights lawyers in the wake of racial injustice in the state’s criminal justice system.
The two bills would, respectively, allow people who’ve served their full sentence to have records sealed in most cases, and reduce the likelihood that technical parole violations will land them back in prison.
“When I got my [citizenship], I swear to protect this country but I have the right, too, to ask my government, or my Congressman, or my president, where is my tax money going?”
The announcement began a weekend of confusion and anxiety for school leaders, teachers and parents who said they would have to once again reconfigure classrooms and alter other protocols.
“We hit 70%, we will be back to life as normal, or as normalized as you can be post-COVID.”
A top sticking point for the New York Health Act, which would create a universal, single-payer health care system in New York, is opposition from public sector labor leaders.
The Elder Parole measure would require a person who is 55 or older to be considered for release by the parole board if they’ve served at least 15 years of their sentence.
Any bills passed would require Cuomo’s signature.
“I think that’s the right thing to do, but I think you will see a more formal decision from him in the coming months.”
“The Senate passing it is fantastic. That the assembly hasn’t passed it is mystifying, unless you look at it as part of a pattern.”
“I’m the manager at a bank, I’m looking to hire somebody. I can’t know if this person stole money in his previous job, or her previous job.”
“What I hear from prosecutors is just how often laws on the books here in New York get broken but are not prosecuted.”
A separate piece of legislation by Kelles could possibly come up for a final vote as soon as Monday
“The local law has to be adopted on or before Dec. 31, 2021. That’s coming up really quickly. It’s like a one or done shot. If you adopt it on Jan. 1, it has no effect.”
The bipartisan measure comes in response to an ongoing investigation by Spotlight PA and The Caucus
“It is not just sufficient to say that abortion is a right that everybody has access to. We have to also make it accessible.”
“Ending qualified immunity is about accountability for police and justice for the victims whose rights have been violated.”
The Attorney General’s Office filed a petition with the New York State Supreme Court to force Continenza to publicly testify about his purchase of more than 46,000 shares of Kodak stock last summer.
“So many of these local governments have not had the resources to give the proper recognition posthumously to these people and remember them.”
Also under consideration before the session ends is the Adult Survivors Act. It would allow adult survivors of sexual abuse and harassment a one-year window of opportunity to bring their abuser to court.
“I again ask this industry: what are you going to do about your products that are killing our people?”
“Gaming is one of the hottest, and fastest growing industries and companies close to home. More people do video games than watch movies. Look at Hollywood. We can become the Hollywood of gaming.”
“It seems like every morning we wake up to see another story about violence in our streets or a shooting where innocent victims are either killed or injured.”
“We’re going to try to make sure that it’s really good broadband.”
During the first 30 days, the program will prioritize those who are unemployed, those with income at or below 50 percent of area median income and other vulnerable populations at risk of homelessness.
“Yes we punish the criminals, but [make sure] that the punishment fits the crime, and that you don’t continue to pay for the crime long after you’ve done the time.”
“Today we are going to be righting that wrong,” Gounardes said. “To put a stop to the license to harass that elected officials and judges have exercised in New York for far too long.”
“When our sales tax is cut by that much it affects us, when other counties weren’t nearly as affected because the majority of their revenue comes from tax revenue.”
“The school district has trouble with their teachers getting access to the students. Some of the hospitals and medical units have trouble getting access to people in the rural areas.”
Some consumer groups are calling on the federal government to take a closer look at what they are calling alarming levels of lead and arsenic in some vinegar products.
“There is already more than enough evidence to warrant Cuomo’s removal from office, yet the Assembly continues to dither and protect his power at the expense of New Yorkers.”
“The car is a way of life here. It is not just for recreational purposes. People need this to go to work. People need this to take care of business.”
Some community college leaders say despite New York’s free tuition program, there are improvements that a federal version could make possible.
“I still have a hard time believing that it wasn’t intentional, even with what was reported today.”
“Not only do we call for these payments to continue for the first half of the year, we also want them made retroactive to January 1.”
DiNapoli is asking that Amazon to review its impacts on civil rights, equity, diversity and inclusion, and the impacts of those issues on its business.
Younger people were cleared for the COVID-19 vaccine later than older people, and they are getting vaccinated at much lower rates.
After weeks of widespread demonstrations, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a number of measures last July that he said “[made] progress in keeping every Pennsylvanian safe.”
Members of the state’s ethics commission pressed Tuesday for a subpoena to look into a controversy over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hiring of a former aide as a “volunteer” COVID-19 vaccine czar.
Those nominations will now go before the Judiciary Committee in the State Senate, which will then decide if they’ll get a full vote before the entire chamber. It’s likely that they will.
“All we’re doing is asking the officials of the state of New York, in their capacity, is to serve and protect, and not harm and kill.”
“Trying to get ten toddlers to keep a mask on is a feat that’s impossible. It’s very, very difficult. We can barely get them to keep their shoes on, let alone a mask on their face.”
“Our goal should be focused on getting the vaccine to those who want it, but not punish those who have made a personal choice.”
78% of New Yorkers want the option, implemented during the pandemic, to be made permanent in New York.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the state legislature say they want lawmakers to rescind a new mask mandate imposed by Cuomo on young children at day care centers.
More New Yorkers think the embattled governor should hang on than think he should resign.
The change to use housing density instead of population density has some urban planners on edge.
Governor Cuomo also announced that more than 1 million Excelsior Passes have been issued since New York began the program in March.
Providers’ groups say many long term care homes are on the brink of closure.
“This is Albany politics at its worst — both the Comptroller and the Attorney General have spoken to people about running for Governor and it is unethical to wield criminal referral authority to further political self-interest.”
“This has rekindled a flame of righteousness, and righteous indignation that has been smoldering for centuries. We are in the midst of a racial reckoning in this country.”
“We saw drugmakers raising already exorbitant prices on hundreds of drugs while families faced unprecedented health challenges and financial insecurity.”
The Critical Incident Committee will look at police shootings. Another, called the Use of Force Committee, will review incidents when police hurt or killed someone and a gun wasn’t involved.
“I was running COVID response for this state, so I didn’t want to get COVID, and precautions were taken.”
Gillibrand, a member of Congress’s Special Committee on Aging, said making long-term care more accessible and affordable is among her top priorities.
The top prize is $5 million dollars, but the Governor says there are also lesser prizes, with a one in nine chance of winning.
“When so many people had to work and learn and play at home, the lack of broadband internet service clearly became a real problem for those families.”
The ballot questions were widely seen as a referendum on the Wolf administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins are easing capacity limits in the Assembly and Senate chambers, but masks will still be required during session.