Tag: New York State

Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Senator, Joins Democratic Race for President

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, an outspoken advocate for women’s causes and electing more women to office, is entering the 2020 race for the White House herself, becoming the latest candidate to join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary to take on President Trump. In an appearance Tuesday on the “Late Show With Stephen […]

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Legalized Marijuana. A ‘Green New Deal.’ Cuomo’s 2019 Vision Tacks Left.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — With a Democrat-controlled State Legislature and the bold promises of an election year behind him, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday laid out a sweeping progressive agenda for the coming year, including legalizing marijuana, establishing a congestion […]

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How to Make New York as Progressive on Criminal Justice as Texas

In New York, prosecutors operate within a draconian system that gives them free rein to leave defendants in the dark about their cases for months or even years. In cases big and small, state law authorizes prosecutors to withhold key evidence from defense attorneys and their clients until the eve or sometimes the day of […]

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A New York Plastic Bag Ban: What Is Cuomo Proposing and Is It a Good Thing?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The plastic bag ban plan is back. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday that he would push for a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags as part of his 2019 budget plan, which he will introduce in Albany […]

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With New Voting Laws, Democrats Flex Newfound Power in New York

ALBANY — After years of lagging behind other states, New York was set to radically overhaul its system of voting and elections on Monday, taking up several bills that would allow early voting, preregistration of minors, voting by mail and sharp limits on the influence of money. The bills, which were expected to be passed […]

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The 2020 Field Is Growing. Some Waistlines Are Shrinking.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] CONCORD, N.H. — Senator Cory Booker’s visit to a house party in New Hampshire last month had many hallmarks of a campaign visit. He mingled with guests. He posed for photos. He gave a speech. He stood for more […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the super rich at 70 percent, to produce all of America’s power through renewable resources or to […]

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No Limits on Albany’s Gall

Talk about a master class in “How They Do Things in Albany.” To keep a legislative pay increase but lose new restrictions on lawmakers’ outside income, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is piggybacking onto a lawsuit by a conservative legal group that is seeking to overturn the raise. In case you haven’t been following at home: […]

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They Won Senate Seats. Now Comes the Hard Part: Adjusting to Albany.

ALBANY — If the 2019 legislative session seemed to begin with a breath of fresh air, it may be because of the newcomers: The New York State Senate this week welcomed 17 new members, all but two of them Democrats. Several were swept in amid a blue wave that saw incumbents — Democrats and Republicans […]

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Gillibrand Hires New Aide, Signaling Presidential Run Is Imminent

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has hired a communications director for an expected presidential campaign, a sign that she is all but certain to join the race against President Trump and that her entry may be imminent. Ms. Gillibrand has recruited Meredith Kelly, formerly the top spokeswoman at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as […]

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Early Voting and Other Election Reforms Coming to New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — For years, the ways in which voters in New York have been stymied by the state’s antiquated voting laws have stood in stark contrast to the state’s liberal reputation. During last year’s contentious midterm elections, New York […]

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Democrats Now Control Albany. How Will They Handle 5 Key Issues?

It is going to be a big year in Albany. That, at least, is the promise of New York’s Democrats, who now control all the lawmaking arms of state government for the first time in a decade. They have promised voters the moon and more, vowing to unleash a torrent of new laws that they […]

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John Flanagan, G.O.P. State Senate Leader, Seeks Treatment for Alcohol Abuse

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] State Senator John J. Flanagan, who until this year led the Republican majority of the state’s upper legislative chamber, will miss the beginning of this year’s session in Albany in order to complete an alcohol rehabilitation program, he announced […]

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At Inauguration, Cuomo Rallies State Against Trump

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York on Tuesday cast himself and the state that he leads as progressive beacons and a bulwark against President Trump, taking the oath of office while standing on Ellis Island. In his third […]

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With a Fresh Swipe at Trump, Cuomo Pardons 22 Immigrants

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took aim at President Trump’s immigration policies on Monday, issuing pardons to 22 immigrants who were at risk of deportation or blocked from citizenship because of criminal convictions. The governor also commuted the sentences of […]

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A Long-Awaited Ban on Foam, and Other New Laws in New York in 2019

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A note to New Yorkers waking up in a stupor on New Year’s Day: Foam food containers are so last year. New York City’s ban on the single-use plastic clamshells that have long been favored by takeout joints and […]

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She Stood Up to Cuomo. Soon She’ll Be the First Woman to Lead the N.Y. Senate.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The private meeting last year between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Democrats in the New York State Senate was going as many did: Mr. Cuomo was pontificating and the Democrats were listening, neither side particularly pleased. The Democrats […]

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The Town Where the Shots Go Up, and the Records Fall

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — Joe Girard III, an 18-year-old senior at Glens Falls High School and a pitiless scoring machine, hurried across the school’s hardwood court, placed his inhaler on a table and started his basketball season with a passing drill. It was a recent afternoon. He looked worn. Two days earlier, he had led […]

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With Democratic Friends Like These, Cuomo May Not Need Enemies

It seemed like the political moment Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had long been waiting for: Democrats in control of the State Senate and Assembly, a chance to finally embrace and implement real change. “There are no more excuses, my friends,” the governor said last week, as he declared his agenda for the coming year. “Do […]

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