Tag: New York State

‘I Can Still Smell Him’: For 4 Legislators, the Child Victims Act Is Personal

Yuh-Line Niou told no one for years. And then, one day, she told everyone. “I was 13 years old, and it was a teacher, and I can still smell him,” she said, trembling. It was Jan. 28, and lawmakers were about to vote on whether to extend the statute of limitations for child sex abuse […]

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Why a $1.2 Billion Gambling Mecca Has Fallen on Hard Times

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] MONTICELLO, N.Y. — It was once thought to be a sure thing, a $1.2 billion gambling mecca that carried long-held hopes of revitalizing the Catskills, and more recent expectations of driving Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s upstate development program. But […]

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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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New York Subpoenas Banks, Financial Advisers for Sackler Records

The New York state attorney general has begun issuing subpoenas to 33 financial institutions and investment advisers with ties to the Sackler family, part of an aggressive effort to track billions of dollars that prosecutors claim the family siphoned out of Purdue Pharma to hide profits gained from the company’s opioid painkillers. The recipients of […]

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They Lost Custody. Should They Still Be Able to See Their Children?

Latoya Joyner, a state assemblywoman from the Bronx, said she was raised by a loving adoptive family after her biological parents lost custody of her. The same was true for Tracy L. VanVleck, the commissioner of human services in Seneca County. But that is where their similarities end. The women are on opposing sides in […]

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Abuse Victim’s 3 Billboards Called for Stronger Laws. Then the State Showed Up.

When Kat Sullivan rented a billboard last year in upstate New York to call for stronger protections against child sex abusers, she believed she was engaging in the democratic process, using her own time and money to make her voice as an abuse survivor heard. So she was shocked when state regulators afterward sent her […]

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Teachers Barred From Carrying Guns in New York Schools

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In the aftermath of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., President Trump embraced a proposal to arm teachers as a way to prevent further mass shootings in schools. His support for the idea, which […]

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Secret of a New York Farm Stand’s Success: An Eye for the Next Big Thing

NORWICH, N.Y. — At first glance, the Norwich Meadows Farm stand at the Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan looks like any other, with its rows of onions and lettuce, and a banner with the words “fresh” and “organic” in big green letters. But there’s something the chefs who regularly crowd the stand know that other […]

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Cut New York Politicians’ Financial Ties to Business

What’s worse? That Gov. Andrew Cuomo has accepted millions of dollars in campaign contributions from people who win or seek contracts from New York state agencies — or that his practice is perfectly legal? It may seem like a tough call, but we’ll go with the latter, since the same practice is considered acceptable by […]

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A Luxury Box at Citi Field, an M.T.A. Contract and $188,000 for Cuomo

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Months after landing its first job in nearly a decade on the New York City subway, a Long Island construction firm hosted an intimate fund-raiser in its luxury suite at Citi Field for a special guest: Gov. Andrew M. […]

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Cuomo Says Progressives Have It All Wrong: ‘I Am the Left’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — After a six-month show of Democratic force ushered a raft of liberal legislation through the State Capitol this year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo faced a political conundrum. It was, in Mr. Cuomo’s words, “the most successful legislative […]

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The Last Toll Collectors

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Gerry Flint has collected tolls for 40 years on a 570-mile highway that crosses New York State. But he does more than just count money and make change. He gives directions to lost drivers, offers hotel and restaurant tips […]

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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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Jeffrey Epstein Registered as a Sex Offender in 2 States. In New Mexico, He Didn’t Have To.

STANLEY, N.M. — Jeffrey Epstein, the New York financier, managed to evade federal prosecution a decade ago in a Florida sex case involving dozens of teenage girls, in part by agreeing to register as a sex offender. But for a man with many residences, and many high-powered lawyers, registering as a sex offender was not […]

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A Super Bowl Trip, a Bribery Indictment and the Taxi Industry’s Corruption

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For decades, Alan S. Kaufman and Tony Georgiton held immense power in New York City’s taxi industry. Mr. Kaufman led a major credit union that lent money to thousands of drivers. Mr. Georgiton co-owned a fleet that operated 550 […]

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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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United States v. Jeffrey Epstein

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Prosecutors in New York have accused the billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls and of asking them to recruit others. We spoke with our colleague about what happened in a similar […]

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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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Why the Trump White House Is Caught Up in the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal

By the time Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financier and felon, was arrested on Saturday and charged with sex trafficking, he had been repeatedly accused of pedophilia and sexual abuse for more than a decade. But Mr. Epstein — whose acquaintances include two presidents and multiple celebrities — had until then avoided federal prosecution. Now, Mr. Epstein […]

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