New York State Association of Counties

District Attorneys Association of New York State

A new law that takes effect in New York in January will give people accused of crimes more tools to mount a defense in court. But the state’s District Attorneys say changes to what’s known as the discovery laws will be costly and hard to implement.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that will now require that death certificates in cases of opioid overdose specify which opioid was involved in the death, if known. This will make it easier to track the data and provide the most accurate information needed to better address the opioid crisis.

American Civil Liberties Union

Advocates of ending solitary confinement in New York's prisons ended the 2019 legislative session disappointed that changes made to the practice did not go further, and they say they'll be back to fight for more progress.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing a plan that he says could cut property taxes in New York — by requiring county leaders to develop a cost-cutting plan and letting voters decide whether it’s a good idea.


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They say a bill under consideration on Capitol Hill has good intentions, seeking to protect children in at-risk situations. But saying the proposed "Family First" bill is flawed and potentially very costly to county governments, county executives from both ends of the state, including Buffalo, are calling on New York's two senators to reject the measure.


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Cheap gas prices are making consumers happy at the pump, but not everyone is benefiting from the lower prices. New York’s counties, who impose a sales tax on gasoline, have lost over $200 million in revenues.


New York State Association of Counties

New York’s Association of Counties is going to be taking a closer look at why 30 of the state’s 62 counties showed a negative trend in sales tax revenue from 2014 to 2015.


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Counties across New York are concerned over reports that sales tax collections are plummeting, they are asking Governor Cuomo’s tax department for a more detailed  explanation.