Tag: New York State

Final Push to Legalize Pot Fails in New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — New York’s plan to legalize marijuana this year collapsed on Wednesday, dashing hopes for a potential billion-dollar industry that supporters had hoped would create jobs in minority communities and end decades of racially disproportionate policing. Democratic lawmakers […]

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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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Nxivm Trial: Sex Cult Was Like ‘Horror Movie’ Prosecutor Says

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A housing development in a small upstate New York town where members of the cultlike group Nxivm had homes functioned as the set of a “horror movie,” and the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, played the role of the central […]

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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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Progressives Appear to Win Push in N.Y. for Licenses for the Undocumented

The New York State Senate was expected to approve a bill on Monday to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, a deeply polarizing issue that had caused a rift between progressive and moderate Democrats and put new focus on the state’s reputation as a haven for immigrants. The vote, together with the Assembly’s passage last […]

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Rent Laws’ Impact: Tenant Paradise or Return of the ‘Bronx Is Burning’?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When a neighborhood landlord named Stephanie Kirnon learned about the far-reaching changes to New York’s rent laws, she grew anxious: How would she afford the $29,000 in repairs to the leaky roof of the 26-unit apartment building she owns […]

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Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented: New York’s Immigration Land Mine

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In the 12 years since fierce backlash forced Gov. Eliot Spitzer to abandon a proposal to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, New York has fashioned much of its political identity around a commitment to immigrant issues. That resolve […]

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Where the Climate Change Action Is

With time running out on the legislative session in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the State Senate and the Assembly should set aside their differences and find common ground on a climate bill that would greatly reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. This would be enormously beneficial to the country and to the planet, and would […]

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New Rent Laws Pass in N.Y.: ‘The Pendulum Is Swinging’ Against Landlords

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — New York lawmakers on Friday passed a sweeping package of rent laws designed to dramatically enhance tenant protections and reshape the state’s housing landscape, after a monthslong battle that galvanized tenant activists and dealt a blow to […]

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New York Is Poised to Bar Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — Lawmakers in New York, the epicenter of the nation’s measles outbreak, moved on Thursday to end religious and other nonmedical exemptions for immunizations, overcoming vocal opposition from vaccine skeptics and advocates for religious freedom. The Legislature’s approval […]

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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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Rent Regulations in New York: How They’ll Affect Tenants and Landlords

Democratic lawmakers in New York harnessed their new powers on Tuesday to broker sweeping changes to rent laws in order to protect tenants in a state with some of the country’s most expensive housing markets. The regulations that lawmakers agreed upon would stretch beyond New York City to the entire state, allowing other municipalities to […]

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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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Bills to Decriminalize Prostitution Are Introduced. Is New York Ready?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New York took a significant step toward expanding the national conversation about sex and crime when a collection of lawmakers on Monday introduced bills to decriminalize prostitution. Described as the first decriminalization bills ever in the state, and the […]

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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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Trump’s Competition for Most Unpopular Politician in New York: de Blasio

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Mayor Bill de Blasio has at least one thing in common with President Trump, the man he would like to unseat: Their fellow New Yorkers love to hate them. In a Siena College Research Institute poll released on Monday, […]

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Inside the Stealth Campaign for ‘Responsible Rent Reform’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — The campaign has all the hallmarks of a grass-roots effort: boisterous rallies, emotional testimonials and appeals to remember working-class New Yorkers, as lawmakers weigh a total rewrite of New York City’s rent laws. But the campaign’s organizers are […]

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She Was Smacked. He Cowered in Fear. Bruises Everywhere.

The people who worked at the brick building that housed 24 developmentally disabled residents called it the “Bronx Zoo.” One worker regularly hit a resident while he ate, making him cower in fear at mealtimes. Another worker would repeatedly “smack, punch and push” a female resident, sometimes when she tried to watch staff members cook. […]

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Cat Declawing Is Banned by New York State Lawmakers

ALBANY — New York lawmakers on Tuesday passed a ban on cat declawing, putting the state on the cusp of being the first to outlaw the procedure. The bill, which had been fought for several years by some veterinary groups, would outlaw several types of declawing surgeries except in cases of medical necessity, and forbid […]

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