Tag: Cuomo, Andrew M

The Sad Lesson From California

After more than a decade of contentious debate, New York has passed a law that entitles farmworkers to basic rights that most workers take for granted — the right to earn overtime, have a day off, collect unemployment insurance and join a union. The law corrects injustices that date back to the exclusion of farmworkers […]

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The Power Went Out. Where Was de Blasio?

In a union hall lobby in Waterloo, Iowa, Mayor Bill de Blasio slouched down into a corner, his presidential stump speech safely delivered, but with a more pressing issue at hand. About 1,000 miles away, large swaths of Manhattan’s West Side were still enveloped in darkness by a massive power failure, and Mr. de Blasio […]

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A Bill Could Decide the Queens D.A. Race. Why Hasn’t Cuomo Signed It?

ALBANY — The Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, now enmeshed in a lengthy recount and possibly lengthier court battle, could have another nexus, 150 miles away in the State Capitol. That is where a bill that could help requalify dozens of invalidated ballots awaits Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature. The measure is intended to […]

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One Lesson From the Katz-Cabán Recount

New York, long home to some of the more arcane, incumbent-protecting election laws in the country, has made rapid progress in bolstering the right to vote. In recent months, the State Legislature enacted early voting, passed a measure to automatically transfer a voter’s registration if she moves within the state and gave initial authorization for […]

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Cuomo Signs a Bill to Allow Release of Trump’s State Tax Returns

As the battle over President Trump’s federal taxes intensifies in Washington, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York signed a bill on Monday to allow congressional committees to access the president’s state tax returns. The bill requires state tax officials to release the president’s state returns for any “specified and legitimate legislative purpose” on the […]

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Tiffany Cabán and the New Democrats

It was election night at La Boom, a Queens nightclub, and Tiffany Cabán’s supporters had something to say. “Black Lives Matter!” they shouted, an extraordinary cry at the victory party for a district attorney candidate. “Black Lives Matter!” Such was the scene as the night’s tally ended with Ms. Cabán 1,090 votes ahead of Borough […]

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How an Eagle’s Nest Shows the Challenges of New York’s Climate Plan

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Galloo Island, in Lake Ontario, seemed to be a prime spot for a wind farm. It is mostly deserted and sits about six miles offshore in northern New York, so few people were likely to be bothered by the […]

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New York Lawmakers Showed How to Get Things Done

Albany, of all places, has provided a glimpse of what can happen when politicians feel they owe the voters rather than the donors. In November, Democrats won full control of the State Legislature by making some big promises. They’ve largely kept those promises, a heartening demonstration of public service that makes for a sharp contrast […]

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Hope for the Subways

Two years ago, as New York commuters raged about the jam-packed, trash-strewn, untrustworthy subway trains, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped up and declared a state of emergency for the system. Now things are at last edging away from that transit abyss. In April, 79.8 percent of trains running during the week pulled into their appointed stations […]

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A Profound Democratic Shift in New York: ‘We Seized the Moment’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — When Democrats won control of New York’s government last year, riding a national wave of liberal energy, they promised to fundamentally transform the state’s economy, infrastructure and social norms. As their first session in power ended on […]

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Sex Harassment Laws Toughened in New York: ‘Finally, This Is Happening’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — For decades, sexual harassment was the State Capitol’s worst-kept secret. Even as women climbed the ranks of political power and won legal promises of gender equality, legislators avoided the topic of harassment. Female aides and even lawmakers who […]

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New York to Approve One of the World’s Most Ambitious Climate Plans

New York lawmakers have agreed to pass a sweeping climate plan that calls for the state to all but eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, envisioning an era when gas-guzzling cars, oil-burning heaters and furnaces would be phased out, and all of the state’s electricity would come from carbon-free sources. Under an agreement reached […]

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Marijuana Legalization Isn’t Dead Yet in New York

Lawmakers in New York are mounting a renewed and frantic push to legalize marijuana before the legislative session ends on Wednesday, even as debates about revenue and political blowback that doomed an earlier attempt have threatened to derail the effort again. Staff members from the State Senate, Assembly and governor’s office met throughout the weekend, […]

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How Titans of N.Y. Real Estate Were Trounced in Historic Rent Law Deal

Less than a day after newly emboldened Democratic lawmakers announced bills that would significantly tighten tenant protections, prominent real estate developers got Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on the phone to make a last-ditch plea to persuade him to block the measures. The developers, including Douglas Durst, Richard LeFrak and William C. Rudin, are involved with […]

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Chokeholds and Police Abuse, Kept From the Public

An administrative judge will decide soon whether New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo should be fired for using a prohibited chokehold that led to the death of Eric Garner and waves of protest over police brutality five years ago. Whatever her decision, the public may never know about it. That is because of the stunning […]

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Surrogate Pregnancy Battle Pits Progressives Against Feminists

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The proposal to legalize surrogacy in New York was presented as an unequivocal progressive ideal, a remedy to a ban that burdens gay and infertile couples and stigmatizes women who cannot have children on their own. And yet, as […]

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Landmark Deal Reached on Rent Protections for Tenants in N.Y.

Newly empowered Democratic leaders in Albany announced a landmark agreement on Tuesday to strengthen New York’s rent laws and tenant protections, seeking to address concern about housing costs that is helping drive the debate over inequality across the nation. The changes would abolish a rule that allows building owners to deregulate apartments, close a series […]

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Albany Can Make History for Tenants

Gov. Andrew Cuomo could make history soon by signing legislation to reverse a quarter-century-long erosion of rent protections that cover over 40 percent of New York City’s rental units. The package of bills, which have strong support in the State Senate and Assembly, would put the needs of tenants before the demands of the real […]

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Dozens Arrested at State Capitol as Rent Debate Escalates

ALBANY — The conflict over New York City’s rent laws turned raucous on Tuesday as hundreds of tenant activists flooded the State Capitol, leading to scuffles and dozens of arrests. For months, activists have cast a looming rewrite of New York’s rent laws as a once-in-a-generation battle. The state law that regulates almost one million […]

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The ‘Gravity Knife’ Led to Thousands of Questionable Arrests. Now It’s Legal.

Over the past 60 years, tens of thousands of black and Latino New Yorkers have been arrested for carrying so-called gravity knives — small, easy-to-access blades that are used by everyone from stagehands to steelworkers. But on Thursday, in another demonstration of New York’s surging progressive wing’s influence, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ended that practice, […]

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