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Jun 19, 2014

State Senate votes to expand sex harassment law

ALBANY  (AP) — The New York Senate has passed legislation to broaden sexual harassment laws — but it may languish because of an abortion-related legislative standoff. The bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday would expand sexual harassment laws to cover small businesses, which are now exempt. Assembly leaders have included the measure in a […]

Jun 5, 2014

Senate advances bill on birth control insurance

ALBANY (AP) — A bill that would prevent employers from denying their workers reproductive health coverage under their insurance plans is slowly making its way through the state Senate toward a vote. On Tuesday, the measure dubbed the “Boss Bill” was unanimously reported out of the Senate labor committee. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected […]

May 30, 2014

Cuomo gives ultimatum to Senate

ALBANY (AP) — Facing pressure from liberals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed Thursday to campaign against state Senate leaders unless they pass public financing for statewide campaigns before the Legislature adjourns its session next month. Cuomo, a Democrat, told reporters on Staten Island that he is pessimistic that public campaign financing will pass before lawmakers wrap […]

May 29, 2014

Lawmakers unveil 25 bills to curb heroin use

ALBANY (AP) — New York schools could be equipped with an opioid antidote and patients taking certain pain medications would be limited to a 10-day supply under new legislation proposed Wednesday to fight the rise of heroin and bolster treatment of addicts. The Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction released 25 bills […]

May 19, 2014

Bruno: Pay my lawyers

ALBANY (AP) — The former leader of New York’s Senate, acquitted of federal fraud charges last week, said Monday he’ll ask the state to pay his legal bills. Retired Sen. Joe Bruno said two trials and appeals cost him more than $4 million. He was accused of taking bribes to direct state grants to help […]

May 12, 2014

State Senate holds hearing on e-cigarette rules

ALBANY (AP) — State lawmakers are looking into whether to include electronic cigarettes in the state’s indoor public smoking ban. The Senate Health Committee panel heard testimony from health experts saying that the nicotine liquid and the vapor the e-cigarettes produce could potentially be hazardous to a consumer’s health. The panel of lawmakers from both […]

May 7, 2014

Senate OKs alcohol tests after bad car crashes

ALBANY (AP) — State senators in New York voted to require blood-alcohol tests of all drivers following serious accidents. The Senate passed the legislation on Monday. It would mandate that police test the alcohol levels of all drivers following accidents in which someone is seriously injured or killed. Currently, police may only test a person’s […]

Mar 14, 2014

Retired TV news anchor announces candidacy

Former television news anchor Rich Funke plans to challenge incumbent state Sen. Ted O-Brien, D-Irondequoit, in the race to represent the 55th District. Funke retired from WHEC-TV 10 in Rochester in Decem ber 2012 after a long career in news and sports. Funke also cited his longtime community involvement, including his work with Golisano Children’s […]

May 6, 2013

Cuomo nominee confirmed to top NY court

ALBANY — The New York Senate has confirmed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s second nominee to the state’s highest court. The Senate approved Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam to the seven-member Court of Appeals after several legislators praised her experience and qualifications. The 60-year-old Abdus-Salaam is the first African-American woman on the court that reviews lower court decisions, interprets[...]

Dec 5, 2012

Cuomo criticizes Senate, sets his ‘litmus test’

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has long claimed he wouldn’t interfere with the Legislature’s business, is giving a thorough dressing down to the state Senate and setting his own “litmus test” of policy goals for legislators to win his support. Cuomo delivered his edict a day after Republicans created an unprecedented coalition with five […]

Dec 4, 2012

Dems call new power share ‘a coup’ in Senate

ALBANY — Angry Democrats who won a majority of seats in New York’s contentious Senate call a deal among Republicans and five Democrats to control the chamber a “coup.” Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy said Tuesday the deal is a power grab in the face of voters who chose more Democrats in November elections to rule […]

Jul 6, 2012

Appeals court: State gay marriage caucus didn’t break rules

ALBANY — A state appeals court rejected a challenge to New York’s year-old same-sex marriage law Friday, ruling closed-door negotiations among senators and gay marriage supporters including Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not violate any laws. The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court in Rochester ruled against gay marriage opponents who argued that Republican state senators […]

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