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Aug 20, 2014

New York gives tuition break to veterans

ALBANY (AP) — New York is encouraging veterans to go back to school and making it easier for the families of service members who relocate to the state. A new state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday will give veterans in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities even if they wouldn’t otherwise […]

Jul 8, 2014

President orders disaster relief aid to NY

President Obama on Tuesday declared a major disaster in the state of New York and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe mid-May storms and flooding. Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for […]

Apr 16, 2014

NY reports collecting $3.9B in evaded taxes

ALBANY (AP) — New York officials report collecting $3.9 billion in evaded taxes over the past year, an increase of about $200 million or five percent over the prior year. The Department of Taxation and Finance said about 96 percent of the roughly $87 billion it collects in state and local taxes each year is […]

Jan 30, 2014

State reaches settlement with health insurer

After an investigation uncovered widespread violations of New York law requiring health insurers to offer young adults continuation health coverage on their parents’ policies, the state has reached a settlement with EmblemHealth Inc. EmblemHealth is a health insurance company that provides coverage to 3.4 million New Yorkers, through its Group Health Incorporated and Health Insurance […]

Nov 5, 2013

Drivers can check license status online

ALBANY — New York’s motor vehicles department has added a website link where drivers can check their driving records and license status. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the new option on the state’s MyDMV site, which will require registering online for access, is intended to reduce visits to state offices and waiting in lines. The site […]

Sep 12, 2013

AG reaches $800 million tobacco settlement

A panel of arbitrators Wednesday threw out an $800 million claim against New York and ordered tobacco companies to pay the state more than $92 million they wrongfully withheld from their 2003 annual payment under the 1998 landmark tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said the panel of three retired federal judges […]

Jul 18, 2013

Security experts to test phone anti-theft locks

SAN FRANCISCO — The top prosecutors in New York and San Francisco said they are bringing in state and federal security experts to test the newest anti-theft features designed to thwart the surge of stolen smartphones nationwide. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced Thursday the security experts […]

Jun 26, 2013

NY, Canada agree on Peace Bridge plan

BUFFALO — New York and Canada have agreed on a plan to hasten much-needed improvements to the American side of the Peace Bridge after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ambassadors from both countries intervened in a stalemate that had divided the bridge’s bi-national governing board along international lines. “A bridge only works when it works on […]

Mar 19, 2013

Airline commits to upstate New York

U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker committed Tuesday to uphold upstate New York regional service and preserve jobs in its regional airports, including those in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. A potential merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines was discussed by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, of which Sen. […]

Jan 17, 2013

NRA: NY’s quick gun law passage nixed opposition

ALBANY — The National Rifle Association said the secretive negotiations and lightning-fast passage of New York’s tough new gun control laws squelched the powerful gun lobby’s ability to mount opposition. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had to engineer quick enactment to prevent a counterproductive buying spree of now-outlawed guns. The legislation was negotiated over the […]

Dec 17, 2012

N.Y. ranks as 4th most litigious

Dolan Media Newswires — New York City and Albany have been collectively named the fourth most litigious areas in the country in the American Tort Reform Association’s annual “Judicial Hellholes” report. In its report, the ATRA noted that the high amount of legal liability, which has subjected businesses to ever-increasing lawsuit settlements, stems from the […]

Dec 17, 2012

Forbes: N.Y. ranks 23rd in overall business climate

New York State ranked 23rd in terms of overall business climate, but 46th in terms of business costs, in an annual list Forbes magazine released Wednesday that placed Utah at the top and Maine at the bottom.

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