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Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted his Friday COVID briefing in New York City. Watch it here.

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Critics of some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic marked the anniversary of the controversial March 25, 2020 order that required the homes to take back from hospitals residents who were ill with the disease. They said an ongoing federal probe does not go far enough in investigating all that may have gone wrong in the governor’s management of nursing homes during the pandemic. 

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A controversial state law in New York that granted special legal protections to nursing homes, hospitals, and other health care providers could be repealed under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Legislature.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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With one week to go before the state budget deadline, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are at odds over key points of the spending plan, including whether to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations by $7 billion dollars. Meanwhile, the Assembly Speaker is refuting a claim by Cuomo that the Speaker’s COVID -19 diagnosis might make the budget late.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is held his regular COVID-19 update briefing in New York City. Watch it here:

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The state Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday held its first meeting of an impeachment inquiry against Gov. Andrew Cuomo over allegations that he sexually harassed several women, as well as other controversies. The chair of the committee, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, said it could be quite a while before it reaches any conclusions.

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Elected officials, business and labor leaders are pushing to include $750 million in the New York State Budget for the Wadsworth Lab consolidation.

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This is the last full week before the New York state budget is due. But with the April 1 deadline looming, two of the “three people in a room” who hash out the spending plan are questioning whether the third should remain in office.

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On the heels of the Internal Revenue Service’s decision to extend the federal tax deadline from April 15 to May 17, New York State has decided to do the same.

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New York State has recorded its first case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced new guidance which will allow pharmacies to vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities. Pharmacies were previously only able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers.

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When Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie earlier this month began an impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo over sexual harassment and other allegations, he was the first Speaker to do so in 108 years. In 1913, Gov. William Sulzer became the first and, so far, only governor in New York’s history to be removed from office by the Legislature. A Buffalo native well connected to New York State politics literally wrote the book about what happened over a century ago.

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Embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating is under water, but a new poll shows more New Yorkers than not say he should remain in office.

Elizabeth Weir is well-versed in the latest New York state guidelines for weddings and other catered events that went into effect on March 15.

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The New York State Legislature took another step this week in its impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo when the Assembly announced it’s hired a private law firm to assist the Judiciary Committee in its inquiry. But that choice was immediately condemned by a lawyer for one of the alleged victims, who said the firm has ties to Cuomo that could taint the investigation.

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New York state has allowed doctor’s offices to remain open during the pandemic and reopened day programs for the developmentally disabled. It’s even loosened visitor restrictions at nursing homes.

 

Yet Adult Day Health Care, which provides medical services and socialization for disabled adults of all ages, has remained closed since the pandemic began. This week marked one year since the state ordered the programs to close, and now families are speaking out.


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With state lawmakers nearing a vote on legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is urging lawmakers to consider keeping marijuana on the controlled substances list of the Public Health Law.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo held his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Albany. Watch it here.

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U. S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has seen how the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased food insecurity in the state. People across the state wait in line to get food from local food banks and pantries.

On the production side, she says a lack of orders from restaurants, schools and event spaces have left farmers with food they cannot get rid of.


New York State will lift its curfew next month for casinos, movie theaters and some other establishments, but closing time will still be at 11 p.m. for bars and restaurants and 12 a.m. for catered events at least until mid-April.

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Solitary confinement in New York’s prisons would be severely limited under legislation set to pass this week in Albany, where a majority of Democrats who control the state Legislature support the measure.

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New York’s Assembly has hired a Manhattan law firm to assist in its impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, legislative leaders announced Wednesday in a pick that was quickly criticized by at least two women accusing the governor of sexual harassment.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo forged ahead with a normal schedule Wednesday. He led a campaign-style rally and publicly received the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at church in Harlem. His actions come amid stronger statements from President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the governor’s political future, and a sexual harassment scandal.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his regular COVID-19 update briefing Wednesday in Harlem. Watch it here.

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This is Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of free press and open government. As a way to shine the light brighter, a New York State assemblymember from the Hudson Valley has introduced two bills to amend the Open Meetings Law and the Freedom of Information Law.

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The pressure against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over sexual harassment allegations reached the White House on Tuesday, with President Joe Biden saying Cuomo should resign if the state attorney general's investigation confirms the claims against him.

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New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said Tuesday that she’s determined to steer the Senate through budget negotiations with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, even though the governor has ignored her calls for him to resign over a sexual harassment scandal.

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As New York considers legalizing marijuana for adult, recreational use, medical cannabis companies are urging the state Legislature to hand them a stake in the new market, saying the burgeoning industry will lag without their help.

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The state Legislature is close to a deal on legalizing marijuana for recreational, adult use in New York, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said Monday, with lawmakers now trying to move on the issue in the next two weeks.

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