- Cuomo: Campaign finance reform, heroin plan top priorities Updated: May-24-16 5:20 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a new proposal to close a campaign finance loophole linked to Albany's culture of corruption, naming it one of his top legislative priorities as lawmakers enter the final days of their session.
- GMO labeling supporters: Vermont law creating momentum in NY Updated: May-24-16 1:19 pm
ALBANY, New York - Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring GMO labeling is giving fresh momentum to efforts to pass a similar measure in New York state.
- Right-to-die bill clears NY legislative hurdle Updated: May-24-16 12:40 am
ALBANY, New York - A bill that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician has cleared a hurdle in New York's state Legislature.
- NY lawmakers propose codifying renewable energy goals Updated: May-24-16 12:39 am
ALBANY, New York - A dozen New York lawmakers have introduced legislation to codify Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of eliminating human-produced greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2050, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.
- Move to force vote on sex abuse bill fails in NY Senate Updated: May-23-16 6:44 pm
ALBANY, New York - An effort to force a vote in the New York Senate on a bill extending the statute of limitations on suing child sex abusers has failed.
- Christie rejects Port Authority reforms, sending alternative Updated: May-23-16 4:39 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Monday rejected New Jersey lawmakers' latest efforts to reform the powerful bistate entity that controls the region's airports, bridges and tunnels. But a key Democratic state senator said it's time to accept an overhaul enacted in New York that Christie supports.
- NY lawmakers want 911 called when disabled abuse suspected Updated: May-23-16 4:32 pm
ALBANY, New York - Several New York lawmakers are pushing legislation that would require caretakers of the disabled, mentally ill and addicted in state programs to report suspected abuse to local police and prosecutors.
- NY labor, faith groups back voting, election changes Updated: May-23-16 1:18 pm
ALBANY, New York - A new coalition of community organizations, faith groups and labor unions says New York can address government corruption by tightening campaign finance rules while making it easier to vote.
- To claw or not to claw? NY cat proposal sparks frisky debate Updated: May-22-16 1:14 pm
ALBANY, New York - For many decades, declawing cats has been a routine veterinary procedure, but this is no simple pedicure. There's anesthesia, pain medication and the amputation of the cat's toes back to the first knuckle.
- New York state Senate to review NYC's 5-cent plastic bag fee Updated: May-20-16 9:29 am
NEW YORK - The New York state Senate is looking into whether New York City's plan to impose a fee on plastic bags will be a burden on consumers.
- Cuomo: Allow liquor sales in NY state before noon on Sundays Updated: May-19-16 5:49 am
ALBANY, New York - Expanded brunch hours may be coming to New York state.
- August date set for ex-Assembly speaker to report to prison Updated: May-18-16 3:58 pm
NEW YORK - A judge says a former New York Assembly speaker sentenced to 12 years in prison in a public corruption case can wait until late August to report to prison.
- De Blasio to skip meeting with NY senators over city schools Updated: May-18-16 1:25 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is skipping a meeting with state lawmakers considering whether to renew his control over city schools.
- NY Senate GOP unveils plan to fight heroin, opioid abuse Updated: May-17-16 3:42 pm
ALBANY, New York - The New York state Senate's Republican majority has released a list of 35 recommendations for addressing the state's heroin and opioid epidemic.
- Long Island park removes signs bearing name of Dean Skelos Updated: May-16-16 7:24 am
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, New York - A Long Island park has removed signs bearing the name of disgraced former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
- NY utility workers want deterrent from attacks Updated: May-16-16 12:09 am
ALBANY, New York - Utilities and their labor unions are asking New York lawmakers to make it a felony when anyone attacks utility workers.
- Republicans to Gov. Cuomo: Don't let NY farmworkers unionize Updated: May-13-16 3:03 pm
ALBANY, New York - Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision not to defend a state law prohibiting farmworkers from unionizing could devastate New York's agricultural industry, Republican lawmakers said Friday.
- The Latest: Skelos' nephew accused of assault outside court Updated: May-12-16 5:09 pm
NEW YORK - The Latest on the sentencing of former Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son (all times local):
- NY Assembly votes to create utility consumer advocate Updated: May-12-16 5:49 am
ALBANY, New York - Utility consumers in New York would have a new voice representing their interests under legislation passed in the state Assembly that would create a state Utility Consumer Advocate.
- New York Assembly votes to outlaw transgender discrimination Updated: May-10-16 2:59 pm
ALBANY, New York - The state Assembly has voted again to outlaw discrimination against transgender people amid the national debate about proposals in North Carolina and other states to restrict bathroom access.
- NY Senate panel briefly considers closing campaign loophole Updated: May-09-16 5:29 pm
ALBANY, New York - The New York Senate Elections Committee on Monday briefly considered legislation to close a campaign finance loophole for limited liability companies, with its Republicans sending it to another committee without talking about it.
- Once unthinkable in US, drug shoot-up rooms get serious look Updated: May-08-16 9:46 pm
Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
- NY Senate chief: not ready to trust de Blasio on NYC schools Updated: May-05-16 4:42 pm
ALBANY, New York - The leader of the New York Senate says he still has doubts about extending a policy giving Mayor Bill de Blasio control of over city schools, citing what he calls the mayor's "disturbing" lack of knowledge about the school system.
- The Latest: Gov. on ex-speaker's sentence: 'Justice served' Updated: May-03-16 6:07 pm
NEW YORK - The Latest on former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's sentencing in a $5 million corruption case (all times local):
- Next up in NY Legislature: Uber, ethics and NYC schools Updated: May-01-16 1:51 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York lawmakers will return to Albany on Tuesday to begin the final weeks of their work for 2016, confronting a to-do list that includes a possible upstate expansion for Uber, a decision on control of public schools in New York City and the challenge of addressing Albany's perennial corruption problem.