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Gates PD blasts parole system

The Gates Police Department sent out a routine press release about a robbery arrest Wednesday – and ended it with a blast at the state’s ability to keep track of its parolees. “The Gates Police Department is BEYOND FRUSTRATED with ...

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NY revises rules for disciplining attorneys

New York’s judiciary has adopted new rules for investigating and disciplining attorneys for misconduct in an effort to apply uniform rules statewide. The rules adopted by all four of New York’s appellate divisions, effective July 1, followed proposals by a ...

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NYSBA’s top priority for ’16: Fund the courts

Adequate funding for the courts at both the state and federal levels is one of the New York State Bar Association’ top legislative priorities for 2016. Also topping the list at the state level are access to justice for the ...

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When a politician’s name becomes anathema …

ROCKVILLE CENTRE — It took less than a day for state workers to scrape Dean Skelos’ name off his office door after the former New York state Senate leader was convicted of federal corruption charges and bounced from the legislature. ...

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NY expands ban on shackling pregnant inmates

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law expanding the prohibition on shackling pregnant inmates at prisons and county jails except in extraordinary circumstances and only with the written approval of a county sheriff or prison superintendent. The ...

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Peradotto among 7 candidates on list for top court

The Hon. Erin M. Peradotto, an associate justice in the Appellate Division’s Fourth Department, is among seven candidates recommended by a state commission to fill the vacancy on the New York State Court of Appeals that followed Judge Susan P. ...

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Cuomo orders juveniles removed from state prisons

ALBANY — Hard on the heels of an order issuing conditional pardons for former juvenile offenders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered many of the 100 juvenile inmates currently in state prisons moved to a new facility next year away from ...

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NYC unveils new rules on gender discrimination

NEW YORK — Restaurant owners can’t require ties for male diners only. Gyms can’t tell clients which locker room to use. And in most cases, an employer can’t put “John” on a worker’s ID if she prefers “Jane.” New York ...

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NY prisons establish process to identify problem workers

ALBANY — New York corrections officials have established a procedure for identifying and managing problem workers in the state prison system with 53,000 inmates. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says all 53 prison superintendents are reporting directly to ...

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Casinos get unanimous approval

ALBANY — State gambling regulators have approved licenses for three new casinos under construction in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes. On Monday, the Gaming Commission’s five members unanimously approved each without comment, concluding principals and associates cleared criminal ...

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Cuomo issuing pardons to juvenile offenders

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he will issue conditional pardons for about 10,000 former juvenile offenders, who won’t have to disclose convictions on employment, credit or other applications. Offenders with misdemeanor and nonviolent felony convictions at age ...

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New York, prodded by suit, becomes latest to reform solitary

NEW YORK – New York’s sweeping plan to overhaul and reduce the use of solitary confinement in its prisons has its roots in a lawsuit, initially scrawled out by an inmate who had been sent to “the box” for more ...

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