Latest New York State Legislature News

New York lawmakers OK pot decriminalization

Jun. 21, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York state have voted to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana after efforts to legalize pot stalled. The measure would reduce low-level criminal charges for unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation, which comes with a fine...

Lawmakers OK emission cuts, farmworker rights

Jun. 19, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would adopt the nation's most aggressive carbon emission reduction goals and give new rights to farmworkers under proposals moving through the state Legislature Wednesday. With the session scheduled to end Wednesday, lawmakers planned to work through the night to wrap up work...

The Latest: New York lawmakers OK farmworker rights bill

Jun. 19, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Legislature as it works toward adjournment (all times local): 10 p.m. Lawmakers in Albany have voted to give farmworkers the right to organize, collect overtime and get a day off. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly passed the legislation Wednesday...

State leaders OK new rental protections for pricey NYC

Jun. 14, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than one million apartment dwellers in and around New York City are getting new protections against big rent increases under a landmark tenants' rights bill signed into law Friday. The measure, which passed the Democrat-controlled Senate and Assembly Friday afternoon and was...

New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates

Jun. 14, 2019 5:31 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to...

The Latest: NY ends religious exemptions to vaccine mandates

Jun. 13, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on legislation to eliminate a religious exemption to New York state's vaccine requirements (all times local): 6:35 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation eliminating a religious exemption to vaccine mandates for schoolchildren in the face of the nation's worst...

NY Assembly votes to give driver's licenses for immigrants

Jun. 12, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state would become the 13th state to permit driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the country illegally under legislation passed the state Assembly Wednesday. The measure has the support of liberal groups, the state's largest business organization and Gov. Andrew Cuomo,...

NY Senate votes to allow paid surrogacy agreements

Jun. 11, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state moved closer Tuesday to lifting its ban on paid surrogacy agreements, in which a woman is compensated for carrying someone else's child, after the state Senate approved the measure. Dozens of supporters of the legislation, including television host and producer Andy...

Helicopter crashes on roof of NYC skyscraper, killing pilot

Jun. 10, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A helicopter crashed on the roof of a rain-shrouded midtown Manhattan skyscraper Monday, killing the pilot and briefly triggering memories of 9/11, after an erratic trip across some of the nation's most restricted airspace. Authorities said they did not suspect terrorism. The crash near...

Bill would create entity to push for key rail tunnel funding

Jun. 7, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A bill put forward in New Jersey's Senate is the latest step to try to get crucial federal funding for a new rail tunnel into New York City. The bipartisan measure announced Friday would create a commission composed of representatives of both states and Amtrak to oversee the $13...