Tag: New York State

Hemp or Pot Farm? Police and Thieves Can’t Always Tell

SALEM, N.Y. — She planted her spring crops at the family farm, following the same steps as her ancestors did as they farmed the land for seven generations. She tilled the soil, sowed the seeds, irrigated the earth and waited for the bushy green hemp plants to sprout. Then Iris Rogers did something her farmer […]

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After the Rapper T.I.’s Remarks, N.Y. May Ban ‘Virginity Tests’

ALBANY, N.Y. — State lawmakers are considering banning doctors from performing so-called virginity testing, after widespread backlash followed the rapper T.I.’s recent disclosure that he takes his daughter to see a gynecologist every year to ensure that her hymen is still intact. His comments last month sparked a national conversation around a procedure that scientists […]

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N.Y.C. Weather Updates: Snow Creates ‘Sloppy Rush Hour’

With more rain and snow expected on Monday night, officials in and around New York City were cautioning that the worst effects of a winter storm could be yet to come. “It’s going to be a really sloppy rush hour this evening,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. At around 2:30 p.m., […]

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Did an Ethics Commission Leak Private Information to Cuomo?

The text messages arrived on a snowy January afternoon, a few hours after New York’s state ethics commission privately debated whether to investigate a disgraced former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. They were from a high-ranking government lawyer, sent to one of the commission members. Was the meeting over? the lawyer asked. He had […]

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Racial Slurs, and 15 Days That Shook Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The racist graffiti was discovered one night this month on the sixth floor of a freshman dormitory at Syracuse University — an anti-black slur and the words “Little China Town” scrawled crudely in marker. The next day, similar messages were found on a fourth-floor bulletin board. Although the campus had already experienced […]

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Democrats’ Plan Will Suppress Third Parties in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — For years, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and some Democratic leaders have had an antagonistic relationship with the left-leaning Working Families Party, a labor-backed group whose increasing influence and independence have only widened the divide. So when Mr. Cuomo and state leaders decided this year to expand a public campaign financing commission’s authority […]

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National Grid Relents in Gas Standoff That Hurt Real Estate

For months, the utility that provides gas to Long Island and parts of New York City refused to activate gas hookups for both new and returning customers, casting some real estate developments into limbo. The utility’s moratorium triggered a political standoff that intensified this month, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued a threat: either the […]

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A.M.A. Urges Ban on Vaping Products as Juul Is Sued by More States

Lawsuits filed against Juul this week by the attorneys general of New York and California claim that the embattled company deliberately marketed and sold vaping products to young people — and helped create a public health crisis. On Tuesday, the American Medical Association echoed those concerns and called for a sweeping ban on all vaping […]

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Empty Businesses and Tough Times at the Other Border

MASSENA, N.Y. — Those who know Steven Nadeau, a restaurant owner in this town near the Canadian border, like to joke that his place is internationally renowned. A decade ago, the crispy wings and deep dish pizza were so popular among his northern neighbors that he bought a second cash box for Canadian dollars. But […]

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A G.O.P. Star Emerges in Impeachment Hearings. Democratic Donors Notice.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Shortly after the impeachment hearing began on Friday, Representative Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican, made her mark. She accused the Democratic committee chairman, Adam Schiff, of trying to silence her and other members of her party, “simply because we are Republicans.” Later, Ms. Stefanik took on a prominent role among Republicans […]

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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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Why These 5 Accusers of Jeffrey Epstein Want More Than Money

By now, the contours of Teresa Helm’s account have become familiar. She was 22 when she met the man that she now knows was Jeffrey Epstein. She came to Mr. Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion for what she believed to be an interview with a wealthy client for a job as his traveling masseuse, she […]

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Trump Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Tax Returns

WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to bar his accounting firm from turning over eight years of his tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors. The case, the first concerning Mr. Trump’s personal conduct and business dealings to reach the court, could yield a major ruling on the scope of presidential immunity from […]

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The Tropical Conclave Where Politicians and Lobbyists Go to Make Deals

SAN JUAN, P.R. — It was 11 p.m. on the Friday after Election Day, and two likely candidates to be New York City’s next mayor — Corey Johnson, the Council speaker, and Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president — were deep in conversation under purple-lit palms outside a beachfront hotel. Inside, the New York […]

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New York Identifies Hospitals and Nursing Homes With Deadly Fungus

New York on Wednesday became the first state to release the names of the medical facilities that have treated patients with Candida auris, a deadly drug-resistant fungus, that has been spreading under a cloak of secrecy. Sixty-four hospitals, 103 long-term care nursing homes, a long-term care hospital and three hospice units in New York have […]

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‘Incomprehensible’ Numbers: How Republicans Are Losing New York Suburbs

Well before Representative Peter King announced that he would retire next year, enough evidence existed that his prospects for re-election on Long Island as a Republican were narrowing. Like so many suburban areas around the country, Long Island is undergoing a profound political shift, a transformation evident in the voter rolls, in the county seats, […]

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3 Students Charged With Plotting Attack on Their Middle School

Three middle school students in western New York plotted a lethal attack on their school that was thwarted after an online threat by one student led law enforcement authorities to open an investigation, officials said on Friday. The students, whose names were not released because of their ages, were charged on Thursday with second-degree conspiracy […]

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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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Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million to Charities

A state judge ordered President Trump to pay $2 million in damages to a collection of nonprofit groups on Wednesday as part of a settlement of a lawsuit that accused his charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, of financial mismanagement. Once billed as the charitable arm of the president’s financial empire, the Trump Foundation closed […]

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N.Y. Election: Voters Approve All 5 Ballot Measures

New Yorkers will soon have a new way to vote for their elected officials, and Airbnb must grapple with the latest in a string of regulatory defeats after voters in Jersey City, N.J., approved sharp restrictions on short-term rentals there. The ballot proposals, which attracted millions of dollars in spending from supporters and opponents, were […]

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Soros Adds Intrigue and $800,000 to D.A. Race, Backing Progressive

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — With much of the election energy focused on next year’s presidential election, most of the contests in New York State have stuck firmly to the all-the-politics-is-local playbook, hinging on issues like schools and crime. But one district attorney race on the banks of Lake Ontario has become an unlikely big-money referendum on […]

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Nobody Waved Goodbye: Trump’s Relationship With New York Was Already Over

The chorus of Bronx cheers from New York officials at the news that President Trump changed his primary residence to Florida was confirmation of what friends and advisers have said for months: Resuming his former life in Manhattan would be impossible. But Mr. Trump’s decision to shift his home base to his resort in Palm […]

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Trump, Lifelong New Yorker, Declares Himself a Resident of Florida

He came of age in Queens, built Trump Tower, starred in “The Apprentice,” bankrupted his businesses six times, and drew cheering crowds and angry protesters to Fifth Avenue after his election. Through it all, President Trump — rich, bombastic and to many Americans the epitome of a New Yorker — was intertwined with the city […]

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