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Aug 9, 2019

New York strengthens animal welfare rules for pet dealers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Commercial pet dealers will have to comply with new regulations in New York state intended to improve the living conditions of companion animals. The new rules were signed into law Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. They include requirements that pet dealers clean animal enclosures daily, give pregnant or nursing dogs more […]

Jul 31, 2019

New York bans 3D-printed guns, other undetectable firearms

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has banned the manufacture, sale or possession of 3D-printed guns and other types of undetectable firearms under a measure signed into law by the state’s Democratic governor. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday also signed new rules for the safe storage of firearms in homes with children. The new rules require […]

Jun 20, 2019

Lawmakers OK emission cuts, farmworker rights

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would adopt the nation’s most aggressive carbon emission reduction goals and give new rights to farmworkers under proposals moving through the state Legislature Wednesday. With the session scheduled to end Wednesday, lawmakers planned to work through the night to wrap up work on hundreds of bills. Efforts to legalize […]

Apr 10, 2019

New York lawmakers OK protections for workplace religious attire

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers have approved legislation strengthening protections for religious attire in the workplace. The bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday would clarify state anti-bias rules to prohibit employers from discriminating against workers because of clothing, head coverings or hair styles worn in accordance with their religion. Supporters say […]

Mar 18, 2019

NY legislation would mandate sex abuse awareness in schools

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Supporters of a bill to require schools to offer education on sexual abuse awareness are returning to Albany to make another push. The bill, known as Erin’s Law, would mandate age-appropriate lessons to help children understand the difference between inappropriate and appropriate touching, as well as how to report abuse to […]

Feb 14, 2019

After long wait, harassment victims speak out in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — One staffer says an assemblyman tried to have her fired after she reported his inappropriate advances. Another says a state senator kissed her after a long day at work. A third recalled a lawmaker who demanded massages, touched her inappropriately and questioned her sexuality when she rebuffed him. Speaking before lawmakers […]

Jan 28, 2019

New York lawmakers to ease statute of limitations for molestation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A bill to extend the statute of limitations on child molestation to give victims more time to seek justice is expected to easily pass the New York legislature Monday. The scheduled vote on the Child Victims Act in the Democrat-led Senate and Assembly comes after years of unsuccessful efforts to pass […]

Sep 25, 2018

New York state makes it illegal to lease dogs and cats

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will soon make it illegal to finance the purchase of dogs, cats or other companion animals through lease-to-own schemes. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation taking effect in 90 days that will ban the practice of using a pet as security for financing agreements with pet […]

Jun 15, 2016

NY lawmakers hustle to find compromises ahead of adjournment

ALBANY — Negotiations over New York City schools, ethics reforms and a long list of other issues entered their final round Wednesday as New York lawmakers rushed to finish their work for the year. The Senate and Assembly hope to adjourn Thursday or Friday — but first they must find resolution on whether to extend […]

Feb 25, 2016

Lawmaker proposes fundraiser ban

ALBANY — A New York lawmaker has proposed banning political fund-raisers in the Albany area while the Legislature is in session. Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, a Westchester Democrat, has introduced 15 bills, including another that would create “a firewall” barring political consultants from lobbying ex-clients. She also proposes term limits for lawmakers in leadership positions in [&he[...]

Feb 1, 2016

Poll: NY voters want full-time legislators, no outside pay

  ALBANY — Most New York voters say it’s time for the state’s 213 legislators to be considered full-time, with their current $79,500 base salary unchanged and outside earnings prohibited, according to new poll released Monday. The Siena poll shows the overwhelming majority of voters, 89 percent, think corruption is a serious problem in Albany. […]

Jan 25, 2016

Ex-leaders used millions in campaign contributions to fight corruption charges

ALBANY — The two ex-leaders of New York’s Legislature tapped their campaign funds for a combined $3.6 million last year in an unsuccessful attempt to beat federal corruption charges, a practice that some lawmakers are trying to ban. “When you get campaign dollars, people expect you to use them in campaigns,” said Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, […]

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