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  • Cuomo Wants To Bolster Police-Community Relations
    A proposal released Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is meant to bolster relations between local police agencies and the communities. The move would empower Attorney General Letitia James’s office to help improve police-community relations and provide…
    - 7 Jan 20, 5:25pm -
  • Barclay Elected Assembly Republican Leader
    Republican Will Barclay on Tuesday was elected the leader of the state Assembly, taking the top post of the minority conference in the chamber. He was unanimously elected. “I am enormously proud of the work the Assembly Minority Conference has done…
    - 7 Jan 20, 3:25pm -
  • Advocates Push Back Against Rolling Back Bail Law
    Advocates for overhauling New York’s criminal justice laws are pushing back against the growing effort to alter the newly enacted cash bail law. Democratic state lawmakers over the last several weeks have been slammed by Republicans, law enforcemen…
    - 7 Jan 20, 12:25pm -
  • Fiscal Policy Institute Releases 2020 Proposals
    The progressive Fiscal Policy Institute on Tuesday released its economic plan that called for higher taxes on the rich and an expansion of family tax credits. The group also backed increasing aid to municipalities as a way of reducing property taxes…
    - 7 Jan 20, 10:53am -
  • Progressive Jewish Groups: Keep Bail Law In Place
    From the Morning Memo: Momentum to alter the state’s new cash bail law has sped up in recent weeks amid a spate of anti-Semitic hate crimes targeting Jews in the New York City metropolitan area. Democratic lawmakers are backing changes that would a…
    - 7 Jan 20, 5:40am -
  • Upstate Business Group Releases 2020 Agenda
    From the Morning Memo: The business-aligned Unshackle Upstate on Tuesday released a 2020 agenda that focuses on opposing both the creation of single-payer health and expanding the prevailing wage while also backing more workforce development investme…
    - 7 Jan 20, 5:40am -
  • Here And Now
    Good morning and happy Tuesday! Here’s the news. Happening today: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public planned. Mayor de Blasio is in New York City and has no public events scheduled. At 10 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver rem…
    - 7 Jan 20, 5:18am -
  • Paulin Backs Judicial Disrection For Bail Law
    Assemblywoman Amy Paulin became the latest Democrat in the state Legislature on Monday to back an alteration to the state’s newly enacted cash bail law by adding a judicial discretion component to the legislation. Paulin, a Westchester County lawma…
    - 6 Jan 20, 4:46pm -
  • Cuomo Calls Bail Law Changes ‘A Work In Progress’
    Potential adjustments could be made to the state’s newly enacted bail law changes, which end requiring cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felony charges, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said in New York City. His comments further cracked open t…
    - 6 Jan 20, 2:20pm -
  • New York Has A New Open Government Director
    Shoshanah Bewlay has been appointed the new executive director of the state Committee on Open Government, the state Department of State on Monday announced. Bewlay previously served as the general counsel and chief legal officer of the state Office o…
    - 6 Jan 20, 11:53am -

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  • A.M. Roundup: $65 million settlement reached in Hoosick Falls pollution case
    Three of the companies blamed for the pollution of public and private water supplies in and around the village of Hoosick Falls have agreed to pay $65.25 million to settle a federal lawsuit that will secure cash payments and long-term medical mon…
    - 22 Jul 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: JCOPE eyeing Larry Schwartz for ‘loyalty’ calls
    New York’s ethics oversight agency is investigating a series of phone calls made by a former top aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, which some county executives felt improperly mixed politics with vaccine distribution efforts.  (TU) Federal officia…
    - 21 Jul 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Police to stop airport arrests for marijuana possession
    Police are no longer seizing marijuana, making arrests or issuing tickets for low-level possession for travelers passing through Albany International and other airports across the state, highlighting the softening rules for cannabis as New York and…
    - 20 Jul 21, 8:41am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Cuomo under oath for Saturday interview
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was expected to be under oath on Saturday when he was scheduled to be interviewed by investigators with the state attorney general’s office about a series of sexual harassment allegations that have been leveled against him…
    - 19 Jul 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Cuomo faces questioning by attorney general’s office
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, as expected, is scheduled to be questioned Saturday by the state attorney general’s office as the investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him is nearing an end. (NYT) Racing fans flooded the Saratoga Ra…
    - 16 Jul 21, 9:32am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Van De Water vs Delgado, round 2?
    Kyle Van De Water, the Republican candidate who failed to win New York’s 19th congressional seat last year, announced a 2022 House bid Monday afternoon. But with redistricting on the horizon, he’s not yet sure which seat he might be running for…
    - 14 Jul 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Ethics hearing postponed over concerns it would violate law
     A high-profile legislative hearing on ethics was canceled Monday amid concerns from some lawmakers that a virtual component of the proceeding would have violated the state’s Open Meetings Law. The cancellation came as state government is emergi…
    - 13 Jul 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Chick-fil-A under fire over planned Thruway locations
    Three openly gay members of the New York Assembly penned a letter to the Thruway Authority saying that Chick-fil-A should not be allowed to open locations inside Thruway rest stops as planned, because of the fast food chain’s history of “oppo…
    - 12 Jul 21, 6:37am -
  • A.M. Roundup: How will $139 million stop a gun violence ‘epidemic’?
    The $139 million the state plans to expeditiously spend to help curb a gun violence “epidemic,” which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared this week as a state of emergency, has been in the state’s budget and set aside for these specific issues…
    - 9 Jul 21, 6:27am -
  • A.M. Roundup: IG shuts down talk of reopening Cuomo leak case
    Three state ethics commissioners wanted an investigation reopened into who illegally leaked confidential, highly sensitive information to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. (TU) But despite recent statements appearing to confirm that the information was ill…
    - 8 Jul 21, 6:30am -

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  • REISMAN: Ethics… What’s That?
    A funny thing happened on the way to a new and improved ethics law in Westchester County. The law was hijacked and held hostage by political opportunists, people who, for whatever selfish reasons, have put themselves ahead of the principle of good go…
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