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Dec 14, 2021

Mortgage servicers still must provide COVID-19 related relief, James warns

Mortgage servicers have been told they still should be providing long-term relief to homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with state and federal regulations or face penalties and enforcement actions. In a letter from New York State Attorney General Letitia James, banks and private label mortgage servicers (PLS) were warned that they must […]

Dec 13, 2021

New York attorney general hopefuls exit race after James seeks reelection

All five Democrats who had announced campaigns to succeed Letitia James as New York's attorney general have now withdrawn from the race.

Dec 13, 2021

Law firm: Allegations against RCSD Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small unfounded

Allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation against Rochester City School District Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small are unsubstantiated, according to the law firm hired by the district to oversee the investigation.

Dec 13, 2021

Bud blockers: Over 400 New York localities say ‘no’ to pot sales

More than 400 towns and villages across New York have opted to block local marijuana dispensaries and consumption lounges as a statewide deadline to do so nears.

Insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
Dec 13, 2021

Capitol rioters’ social media posts influencing sentencings

For many rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, self-incriminating messages, photos and videos that they broadcast on social media before, during and after the insurrection are influencing even their criminal sentences. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson read aloud some of Russell Peterson’s posts about the riot before she sentenced […]

Dec 13, 2021

Supreme Court rejects appeal over press access in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a conservative think tank over Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to exclude the group’s writers from press briefings. The justices acted without comment Monday, leaving in place lower court rulings that said the decision is legal. The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy filed […]

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk, Thursday, May 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Dec 10, 2021

Court won’t stop Texas abortion ban, but OKs clinics’ suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled that Texas abortion providers can sue over the state’s ban on most abortions, but the justices are allowing the law to remain in effect. The court acted Friday, more than a month after hearing arguments over the law that makes abortion illegal after cardiac activity is detected […]

Kathy Hochul is sworn in as New York's 57th governor, and New York's first female governor, by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore in the Red Room of the Capitol on Aug. 24, 2021. (Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of the Governor)
Dec 10, 2021

New York to implement indoor mask mandate for public places

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing a winter surge in COVID-19 infections, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Friday that masks will be required in all indoor public places unless the businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. Hochul said the decision to impose a mask mandate was based on state’s weekly seven-day case rate, as […]

Dec 10, 2021

Companies rethink return-to-office plans amid omicron cases

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies of all sizes are rethinking their plans to send workers back to the office as the new omicron variant adds another layer of uncertainty. Alphabet’s Google and the nation’s second largest automaker Ford Motor Co. are among those once again delaying their return-to-office plans, while other businesses whose employees have […]

Dec 10, 2021

In a first, Starbucks workers agree to union in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Starbucks workers at a store in Buffalo, New York, voted to unionize on Thursday, a first for the 50-year-old coffee retailer in the U.S. and the latest sign that the labor movement is stirring after decades of decline. The National Labor Relations Board said Thursday that workers voted 19-8 in favor […]

Dec 10, 2021

UK court allows Assange’s extradition to US for spying case

LONDON (AP) — A British appellate court opened the door Friday for Julian Assange to be extradited to the United States by overturning a lower court’s decision that the WikiLeaks founder’s mental health was too fragile to withstand the American criminal justice system. The High Court in London ruled that U.S. assurances were enough to […]

Dec 10, 2021

Jussie Smollett guilty verdict latest in polarizing case

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett’s conviction for lying to police about a racist, homophobic attack came nearly three years after his report of a horrifying hate crime quickly became part of a polarized political landscape, with people — including the president of the United States — weighing in from all over. A prosecutor said Thursday’s […]

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