Latest New York state government News

Cuomo's legal counsel to head major LGBTQ-rights group

Jun. 25, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alphonso David, a civil rights lawyer who has been serving as chief counsel to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was named Tuesday as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ-rights organization in the U.S. David, 48, is the first African American to lead the Human Rights...

Trump: Woman who accused him of sexual assault not his type

Jun. 24, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that a New York-based advice columnist who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in a New York City department store in the mid-1990s is not his "type." "I'll say it with great respect: Number one, she's not my type. Number two, it never happened,"...

New York to curtail use of solitary confinement in prisons

Jun. 21, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is going to restrict the use of solitary confinement in state prisons, despite failing to pass legislation that would have prohibited putting a prisoner in isolation for more than 15 consecutive days. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly...

4 states added to suit to stop $26.5B Sprint-T-Mobile deal

Jun. 21, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada are joining the legal fight against T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint in a case that lawyers on both sides say they hope will reach trial in October. Beau Buffier, a lawyer for New York state's attorney general, told a judge at a Manhattan...

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...

The Latest: EPA chief eases rules on coal-fired power plants

Jun. 19, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an environmental rule covering coal-fired power plants (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The Trump administration has ordered a sweeping about-face on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants. Environmental Protection Agency chief...

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...

Push to legalize recreational pot fails in New York

Jun. 19, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York has failed after state leaders did not reach a consensus on several key details in the final days of the legislative session. Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat and the lead sponsor of the main legalization bill in her chamber,...

New York state OKs licenses for immigrants in US illegally

Jun. 17, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York became the 13th state to authorize driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally under legislation approved by lawmakers and signed into law Monday night. The Democrat-led state Senate voted 33-29 in favor of the bill after several hours of debate and was...