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Aug 19, 2019

Capitol Watch: Cuomo wants new law on domestic terrorism

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to create a new crime of domestic terrorism for mass shootings or other large-scale violent acts motivated by bias. The Democrat says his proposal to lawmakers would cover acts like the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where authorities say the […]

Jun 19, 2019

Cuomo airs concerns over solitary confinement proposal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor expressed concerns Tuesday with a proposal that would restrict the use of solitary confinement, saying the legislation would require the construction of new facilities and cost jails about $1 billion statewide. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the comments on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom the same day advocates prodded New […]

Jun 3, 2019

Gov. Cuomo: Eliminate ‘gay panic’ defense

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants lawmakers to pass a new law ensuring people who attack or kill a gay person can’t beat the charge by arguing they panicked because of their victim’s sexuality. Under current law, defendants can attempt to excuse violent attacks by arguing they were under extreme emotional […]

Jan 17, 2019

Cuomo: NY must go 100 percent clean energy by 2040

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would adopt the most aggressive clean energy goal of any state under a plan from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that calls for generating 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2040. Hitting the new target, which must be approved by state lawmakers, will require the state to increase […]

May 30, 2017

New York offers $7 million for homeowners hit by Lake Ontario flooding

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is making $7 million available to help homeowners recover from flooding along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Monday. Homeowners will be able to get up to $40,000 in aid. They’ll apply through municipal governments or housing organizations. Cuomo previously […]

Jul 21, 2015

Cuomo fills health & human services post

  ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed Paul Francis as his deputy secretary for health and human services. Francis, an attorney, was Cuomo’s director of agency redesign early in his first term. He is a past state budget director and operations director who worked for Govs. Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson. […]

Jul 20, 2015

Cuomo announces new programs during Adirondack Challenge

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday conducted the third annual 2015 Summer Adirondack Challenge to promote summer tourism and showcase recreational opportunities in the Adirondack region. The event brought together hundreds of state and local officials, tourism industry representatives and summer enthusiasts to explore upstate New York and enjoy local Taste NY food and beverage […]

Jul 8, 2015

Cuomo OKs special prosecutor for killings by police

ALBANY (AP) — New York’s governor has issued an executive order that puts the office of the state attorney general in charge of investigating killings by police. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the order Wednesday as relatives of New Yorkers slain by law enforcement looked on. They included Gwen Carr, whose son Eric Garner died last […]

Jul 7, 2015

Patients to urge Cuomo to speed-up medical marijuana in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Patients and their caregivers were to gather outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to plead for early access to medical marijuana. The governor signed legislation a year ago authorizing medical marijuana in the state, but the program is still months away from beginning. Patients and their families were to meet […]

May 5, 2015

Cuomo announces JCOPE appointments

  Former New York State Bar Association President Seymour James is among eight appointees named last week to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics Review Commission.   The commission reviews and evaluates the activities and performance of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics and the Legislative Ethics Commission. It must report by Nov. 1 to […]

Mar 25, 2015

Oversight group sues state for abuse reports

ALBANY (AP) — The Cuomo administration is fighting an attempt by a legal services group with federal oversight responsibility to obtain complete investigative reports about alleged abuse of the disabled and mentally ill in state care. The state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs says it can only disclose completed reports […]

Oct 2, 2014

New law expands MWBE certifications

Legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is Cuomo is designed to increase the number of certified minority and women-owned enterprises in New York state. The bill (A.9668/S.7314) authorizes the state to grant a one year provisional MWBE certification status to firms that have historically been excluded from participating in state contracts. “Increasing the […]

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