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State AG leads charge to fight health care rule

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New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading a coalition of 23 attorneys general in a lawsuit to stop a new Trump Administration rule that reportedly makes it easier for healthcare providers and insurance companies to discriminate against certain protected ...

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NY to end debt-based license suspensions

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A bill that limits the grounds for the suspension of driver’s licenses and provides for income-based payment plans for fines and fees is headed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. A7463B/S5348, pertaining to New York vehicle and traffic law, recently passed ...

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DHS lifts ban on New York’s Trusted Traveler Program

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The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday said it will lift its ban on the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) for New York residents, following the amendment of the Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. In response ...

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Automatic Voter Registration passes state Legislature

A bill that will allow eligible New Yorkers to automatically register to vote when they interact with certain government agencies has passed both houses of the state Legislature and is headed to the governor’s office for signature. The “New York ...

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Domestic violence agency returns to Hall of Justice

Willow Domestic Violence Center court advocates are back in the Hall of Justice following three months of remote assistance during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Willow advocates assist survivors of domestic abuse who are seeking an order of protection ...

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U.S. backs off online classes rule

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In a rare move, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a controversial directive that would have barred international students from taking all of their classes online this fall. Facing lawsuits backed by more than 200 colleges and 18 states, including ...

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AG James leads push to recognize ERA

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., joined from left by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other congressional Democrats, holds up a copy of the Constitution during an event about their resolution to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading a coalition of 19 attorneys general and one governor in a fight to recognize the Equal Rights Amendment as the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. An amendment requires three-quarters of states ...

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David Gantt leaves legacy of serving the underserved

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Longtime state Assemblyman and civil rights advocate David Gantt died Wednesday. He was 78. Mr. Gantt was born in 1941, in Opp, Ala. He was the oldest of five brothers, growing up in a single-parent household with humble beginnings. His ...

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Business groups worry about extended immigration restrictions

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Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order further restricting immigration through the end of the year, ostensibly as a precaution during the COVID-19 global pandemic. But while the rest of the world’s coronavirus cases continue to stabilize, and ...

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Monroe County ADA resigns after Floyd post

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Assistant District Attorney Dan Strollo resigned from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office this week following a social media post referencing the killing of George Floyd. Strollo’s Facebook and Instagram accounts have been deactivated since the post was shared on ...

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State recoups $57,000 from McFadden fraud

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New York has recouped more than $57,000 in state and taxpayer funds that were pocketed or misallocated by former Quad A for Kids Executive Director Adam McFadden. New York State Attorney General Letitia James on Monday said her office accepted ...

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Re-entry programs face extra challenges from COVID-19

Groveland Correctional Facility is located in the town of Groveland in Livingston County. (Velvet Spicer)

More than 600,000 people are released from prison each year and it is estimated that two-thirds will recidivate within three years of their release, usually for a low-level offense. But with the proper supports in place, experts say, some of ...

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