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Reforms follow deadly year in New York nursing homes

Apr. 10, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After a deadly year in New York's nursing homes, state lawmakers have passed legislation intended to hold facility operators more accountable for neglect and potentially force them to spend more on patient care. Rules passed in recent days as part of...

New York eases distancing requirements for schools

Apr. 09, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York state on Friday eased reopening restrictions on schools to allow most students to sit closer together as long as they continue to wear masks. But before they can make any changes, school districts will have to allow parents, school staff...

Ethics panel probing misconduct claim against NY Republican

Apr. 09, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics committee announced Friday that it is investigating sexual misconduct allegations involving Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York, who had announced he would not be seeking re-election after the allegations first surfaced last month. ...

New York to offer COVID aid to immigrants excluded earlier

Apr. 08, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In the largest program of its kind, New York lawmakers have created a $2.1 billion fund to aid workers who lost jobs or income during the coronavirus pandemic but were excluded from other government relief programs because of their immigration status. ...

GOP's Rep. Lee Zeldin announces run for governor of New York

Apr. 08, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin announced his candidacy for governor of New York on Thursday with an attack on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the subject of investigations over sexual harassment allegations and COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents. ...

NRA exec sheltered on borrowed yacht after mass shootings

Apr. 07, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — After school shootings that left dozens dead in recent years, National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre said the resulting outrage put him in such danger that he sought shelter aboard a borrowed 108-foot (32.92-meter) yacht. During a deposition, the...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Apr. 07, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

Plattsburg Press Republican. April 1, 2021. Editorial: Be smart, patient a little longer People may have their differences with Gov. Andrew Cuomo these days, but they should at least be grateful he hasn’t removed the mandate requiring that masks be...

NY set to hike taxes on rich, boost spending in budget

Apr. 07, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will spend billions of dollars of federal funds over the next year on schools and relief for struggling businesses, tenants and landlords under a spending plan that New York's Legislature passed Wednesday. The state Senate passed the revenue...

Andrew Giuliani says he's thinking about run for NY governor

Apr. 07, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and a former aide in the Trump administration, said in interviews Wednesday that he is evaluating a run for governor of New York as a Republican. Giuliani, 35, who has never held...

A look at the workplace sex harassment claims against Cuomo

Apr. 07, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing allegations that he sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately toward a half-dozen women who have worked with him. In an interview published by the Times Union of Albany on Wednesday, a woman who is still on his staff gave more details...