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Hochul prepares for spotlight as Cuomo steps aside


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Suddenly tapped to lead New York through a pandemic and a political earthquake, Lt. Gov Kathy Hochul said Wednesday she was prepared to steer the state and would set a different tone than Gov. Andrew Cuomo, ...

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigning over sexual harassment

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation Tuesday over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations in a fall from grace a year after he was widely hailed nationally for his detailed daily briefings and leadership during the ...

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Lawmakers urge NY to lift limits on nursing home visits

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers are demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo lift remaining restrictions for visits at nursing homes, according to a letter two dozen Democratic lawmakers sent to the governor this week. The coronavirus pandemic has had a heavy ...

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New York may ban flame retardant chemicals in furniture, electronics

The state Legislature is debating bills to outlaw fire retardant chemicals in furniture and other goods. Proponents  say the chemicals are carcinogens and no longer live up to their safety claims. But not everyone is convinced. (Photo by Jay Heike on Unsplash)

New York lawmakers are considering bills that would ban the sale of furniture and electronics containing flame retardant chemicals, and a coalition of manufacturers and business owners recently expressed opposition in a letter to legislators. Various industry associations signed the letter, ...

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State proposes changes to program for those with developmental disabilities


The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is proposing amendments to the Home and Community Based Services Waiver that could affect reimbursements, among other things. The HCBS Waiver is a program operated by OPWDD and administered ...

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State makes emergency change in siting regulations for wind power projects

The New York state Department of Public Service last week revised its definition of “revision,” making it possible for a company building a wind turbine to modify its approved plans without triggering a new public hearing. An emergency ruling in ...

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Expanded bottle bill might improve glass recycling but add headaches and costs

(Provided by New York Wine & Grape Foundation)

A proposed law that would extend New York’s bottle bill to wine and liquor bottles could increase recycling of glass significantly and create a cleaner stream of recycled glass, potentially making it easier to find end users in a tight ...

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