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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.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

With Congress still stalled over a new pandemic-related federal relief package, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are warning of dire consequences for the city and the state if they don’t receive funding to help plug major budget deficits.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday offered more details of New York’s COVID-19 vaccination program, saying he expects a state panel to approve the first round of shots by this Friday.

Thomas O'Neil-White

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready and available in the state as soon as this weekend.

National Women's Hall of Fame

There will be an opportunity Thursday to learn more about six Black women who helped shape the nation as the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls is launches a new virtual induction series this week, honoring women posthumously.

Office of the Governor

New York state could place new limits on indoor dining if hospitalization rates from COVID-19 don’t stabilize over the next five days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, marking another phase in the latest surge of the virus.

Wade Davis has been a barber for about three decades. He said that most barber shops were walk-up businesses until this spring, when COVID-19 precautions forced them to close.

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The first commercially printed Christmas card is up for sale, but it wasn't universally greeted as a merry scene when it first appeared in 1843.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Restaurants in New York are facing a dire winter, now that cold weather has ended most outdoor dining and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has placed further restrictions on indoor dining as COVID-19 rates rise.

One of those restaurants is the Savoy Taproom in Albany, which has been in business since 1936. It was known as Justin’s for many years and has long been a gathering place for some state lawmakers, their staff and lobbyists. That was back when the Senate and Assembly used to actually meet in person, before the pandemic.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that he’s on board with a proposal from Democrats in Congress to offer partial relief for states whose economies have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but he said it would only be a stopgap measure.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that New York will receive 170,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 15, and front-line health care workers and nursing home residents will be among the first to receive it.

Governor brings on 4 new staffers, despite hiring freeze

Dec 2, 2020
Office of the Governor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has hired four new employees despite a strict hiring freeze.

Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

The New York State Thruway Board voted Tuesday to raise tolls by nearly a third for drivers who don’t have an electronic E-ZPass, beginning in January. The change has so far drawn little reaction among the public, but two state senators are against parts of the plan.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the federal government to make sure COVID-19 vaccines get to Black, Brown and Asian communities, as well as protect the information of undocumented immigrants who get vaccinated.

An appeals court dealt another blow Monday to a lawsuit seeking to nullify a New York law allowing immigrants without legal documents to seek driver's licenses.

Office of the Governor

With New York state’s rate of COVID-19 infection above 4% for the second day in a row, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced new emergency hospital rules to prevent the state’s health care system from being overwhelmed.

New York State Thruway Authority

A state senator is objecting to a proposal by the New York State Thruway Authority to raise tolls for drivers who don’t have an E-ZPass.

New York State Senate

Democrats who lead the state Senate announced Monday that they have won enough seats to hold a supermajority. That means they can override vetoes by the governor and potentially change the balance of power at the state capital.

Office of the Governor

As the Thanksgiving holiday week begins, New York State officials are recommending that dinners and other gatherings of family and friends be limited or even cancelled, to prevent a further rise in COVID-19 transmission.

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Democrats have all but clinched a supermajority in the State Senate after declaring victory in another seat Friday, bringing the total number of seats controlled by the party in the chamber to at least 41 at the beginning of next year’s legislative session.

National Rifle Association

New York financial regulators say the National Rifle Association is banned from marketing insurance in New York for five years and will pay $2.5 million to settle an investigation into "dangerous" policies that covered gun owners' costs related to self-defense shootings.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared more regions as microcluster coronavirus hot zones as the rate of COVID-19 continues to climb in New York.

Now that elections are over, leaders of the New York State Legislature are facing pressure from a wide range of groups to reconvene and deal with pandemic-related economic problems. Legislative leaders say they are not ruling it out.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, members of the state Legislature and judges in New York will not receive a pay raise next year due to the state’s $14 billion budget shortfall heading into 2021, according to a report issued Monday by a state panel tasked with evaluating those salaries.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a speech at a Black church in Manhattan, vowed to sue the administration of President Donald Trump for violating the constitutional rights of African American and Hispanic New Yorkers, if it does not make changes to its COVID-19 vaccination plan.

Daddy Al's General Store

This year, a world-famous holiday sight has its roots in Oneonta, NY.

New York State Senate

State lawmakers have no plans to return to Albany -- either in-person or virtually -- before the start of next year’s legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said in an interview Thursday.

Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Overnight on Friday, the New York State Thruway will make the switch to all cashless tolling. By Saturday morning, cameras mounted on steel gantries above the roadway will extract the tolls from E-ZPass accounts or send bills to motorist without one.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants and limiting the number of people at a home gathering to 10 or fewer, effective on Friday.

New York State Bar Association

A new state law took effect Veterans Day, called the Restoration of Honor Act. Signed in 2019, the law allows for the potential eligibility of state benefits for veterans with general or other-than-honorable discharges, due to post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, sexual orientation or gender identification.

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