Liz Krueger

Advocates for stronger public ethics laws in New York state government called on Democrats Wednesday to hold hearings on how those rules could be improved, and whether the current agency that investigates claims of misconduct should be replaced.

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State lawmakers in New York could take the first step this year toward scrapping the state’s current ethics agencies and replacing them with a new, more powerful panel less likely to be influenced by elected officials.

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The New York State legislature approved the legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana Tuesday evening, hailing the vote as an historic moment. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law Wednesday, while opponents warned that it will lead more teenagers and children to use the drug and that traffic accidents will increase.

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New York will legalize marijuana for adult, recreational use after Democrats struck a deal on the issue Saturday, with a vote expected next week from the state Legislature.

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New York lawmakers are finalizing an agreement to legalize recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, a state legislative leader said Wednesday.

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Abortion protesters marched in Syracuse over the weekend on the 48th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S. With Joe Biden in the White House, a federal lawsuit challenging New York's Reproductive Health Act could be more difficult to win.

Office of the New York State Comptroller

New York state will transition its retirement fund for public employees — the third largest pension fund in the country — to an investment portfolio with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Wednesday.

New York state lawmakers voted in nearly empty chambers Wednesday on bills, including one to give quarantined New Yorkers paid sick leave, as they adopted new meeting rules to limit spreading the corona virus.  Meanwhile, the chief sponsor of the bill to legalize adult use of recreational marijuana says it likely will not be in the budget plan for now.

Karen DeWitt

The often-lengthy state budget hearings began Monday at the Capitol as legislators heard testimony on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s spending plan and how to close a $6 billion gap. The process, however, was assailed by both the left and the right.


State effort to legalize marijuana goes up in smoke

Jun 19, 2019
Sen. Liz Krueger

Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) - who introduced New York's measure to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana - says the effort has gone up in smoke. In a statement released late Wednesday morning, Krueger said "it is clear the measure will not pass this session," but called it only "a delay," not the "end of the road."

Sen. Cathy Young

The new state budget includes anti-sexual harassment measures that will apply to both government and private-sector workplaces.