Tag: Cuomo, Andrew M

Manifesto From New Zealand Massacre Is Distributed on Syracuse Campus

ALBANY, N.Y. — State and federal law enforcement officials are investigating the electronic distribution of a white supremacist manifesto to students at Syracuse University, the latest in a series of racist incidents that has left the upstate campus besieged. The manifesto — an anti-Muslim screed circulated by the suspect accused of a mass killing in […]

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A Sad Last Gasp Against Criminal Justice Reform

Across the country, a movement away from incarceration has been a rare point of consensus among Americans who can agree on little else. Yet talking about reform is one thing. Doing the work — asking for public trust while emptying cells in jails and prisons — will be harder. That’s what’s happening now in New […]

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County Clerks Revolt Over N.Y. Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

When New York lawmakers passed the so-called Green Light Law in June, it was hailed a landmark victory by those who had fought for the measure for more than two decades. The law makes New York one of 14 states that allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, which proponents argue will help them avoid […]

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Don’t Let Party Hacks Hijack Election Reform

In the coming weeks, New York could adopt a strong system of public financing of elections and help bring good government to Albany. Or it could set up an incumbent-protection racket. Guess which way things are leaning? The long fight for public financing in New York State got a big break this year, after Gov. […]

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The Subway Is in Financial Crisis. Are 500 More Police Officers Needed?

More than 2,500 police officers patrol New York City’s subway, where crime is down sharply from the era of rampant violence and graffiti three decades ago. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, nevertheless, wants more police. He is seeking to expand the force by 20 percent, hiring 500 more officers, which Mr. Cuomo says is needed to […]

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Democrats’ Secret Plan to Kill Third Parties in New York

The chairman of the New York State Democratic Party is pushing a proposal that would essentially neuter almost all third parties, crippling one of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s biggest political nemeses but also potentially helping conservatives. The proposal from the chairman, Jay Jacobs, would quintuple the number of votes that a political party needs to […]

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New York’s Race to Build Monuments Runs Into Friction on the Ground

A vote this month over one of New York City’s new, more inclusive monuments became so combative — with audience members shouting “How dare you!” — that the acclaimed artist who won the commission walked away from the job. And many Catholics were incensed when City Hall omitted Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, […]

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17-Year-Old May Be First Teen Vaping Death in U.S.

A 17-year-old Bronx boy whose death was disclosed by New York State officials on Tuesday appears to be the youngest person in the United States to die of a vaping-related respiratory illness. The teenager died on Friday after being hospitalized twice in September with a vaping-related illness, becoming the state’s first fatality from the mysterious […]

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New York Says End of AIDS Epidemic Is Near

ALBANY — There was a time when the diagnosis of H.I.V. was a death sentence, when thousands of New Yorkers, primarily gay men, succumbed to AIDS-related illnesses, and the end of the epidemic seemed both medically and mentally impossible. On Wednesday, however, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared that New York is on track to meet […]

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After Hospitals’ Big Donation to N.Y. Democrats, a $140 Million Payout

With Medicaid costs soaring in New York, the Greater New York Hospital Association was pushing for the seemingly impossible: more state reimbursement money. It was a big ask, and for years, it had gone nowhere. Medicaid spending already represented a massive and ever-growing share of the state budget, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had taken […]

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The Governor, the Seneca Nation and the Completely Rotten Highway

CATTARAUGUS INDIAN RESERVATION, N.Y. — If ever you wanted a tangible symbol of the execrable relationship between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York’s largest Native American tribe, it is the three miles of cracked, rutted and completely rotten highway running through this lakeside reservation. The highway, Interstate 90, is so deteriorated that federal authorities […]

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New York Moves to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes by Emergency Order

Amid a surge of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced on Sunday that he would pursue emergency regulations this week to quickly ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The governor’s action comes days after President Trump announced an effort to ban similar vaping products on a federal level. If […]

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The Subway Is No Longer a Daily Disaster. But Can It Be Great Again?

It was only two years ago that New York City’s subway fell into such a dire crisis that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took the extraordinary step of declaring a state of emergency, pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the system and hiring one of the world’s most respected transit leaders. The subway has rebounded […]

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Bloomberg Takes on Vaping After Giving $1 Billion to Fight Tobacco

Michael R. Bloomberg, who has committed nearly $1 billion to aid anti-tobacco efforts, is now stepping into the campaign to combat vaping, announcing a $160 million push to ban flavored e-cigarettes. Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said that his Bloomberg Philanthropies would aim to ban the flavored e-cigarettes in at least […]

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Better Government for New York

New York this fall has the best chance in years to adopt a strong system of public financing. Done right, this new policy could increase competition and amplify the voices of small donors in elections. That is, if career politicians don’t kill it first. Candidates who choose to participate in public financing programs receive a […]

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Why the Internet Thinks Cuomo Rigged N.Y.’s License Plate Contest

ALBANY — It seemed, at first glance, to be an innocuous idea. Late last month, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he would sponsor a “statewide survey” to allow New York State residents to vote on the design for new license plates, featuring a number of landmarks. Four of the five options were strikingly similar: […]

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Is ‘Fredo’ a Movie Reference or an Ethnic Slight? Depends Who You’re Yelling At

A man walks into a bar and calls Chris Cuomo “Fredo.” It doesn’t go great. We don’t actually witness the inciting moment, but we know what follows. A bystander films it vertically, presumably so he won’t be caught capturing the ordeal on his shaky cellphone. The argument has the feel of a schoolyard brawl about […]

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10,872 New Yorkers to See Their Marijuana Convictions Disappear

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Even as states across the country have legalized marijuana, potentially opening the door to a multibillion dollar industry, the impact of marijuana criminalization is still being felt by people — mostly black and Hispanic — whose records are marked […]

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Hate Those Floating Digital Billboards? New York Just Banned Them

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Depending on your point of view, they are either miracles of modern marketing or a heinous eyesore on the city’s waterways. Either way, the digital billboards that had been plowing the East and Hudson Rivers over the last several […]

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New York Moves to Classify Killings Fueled by White Supremacy as Domestic Terrorism

Expressing deep concern about violence tied to white supremacy and other forms of bigotry, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed on Thursday to make New York the first state to classify “hate-fueled” killings as domestic terrorism. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, unveiled the proposal in a speech, almost two weeks after back-to-back massacres in El Paso, Tex., […]

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