Latest New York state government News

CORRECTIVE: Mario Cuomo Bridge story

Aug. 16, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Aug. 15, The Associated Press, relying on information from state officials, erroneously reported which New York agencies were involved in fixing signs for the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to add the governor's middle initial. State officials now say only the Thruway Authority has...

NRA wants a role when Oliver North meets state investigators

Aug. 16, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A National Rifle Association leader-turned-critic is meeting with New York investigators next week, and the NRA wants to be there.a New York's attorney general's office is questioning Oliver North on Tuesday as it probes whether the NRA broke laws governing its nonprofit status. The...

New York pursuing Sacklers' financial records in opioid case

Aug. 16, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

New York officials are demanding that banks and other companies with connections to the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma hand over financial records as the state tries to trace where money from opioid sales ended up. The state attorney general's office began issuing subpoenas this week as part of...

States oppose Alabama's effort exclude migrants in Census

Aug. 14, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A coalition of 15 states and several major cities is opposing a lawsuit by the state of Alabama that would have the U.S. Census count only U.S. citizens and other legal residents in totals that play a key role in congressional representation and the distribution of federal funding....

21 states sue Trump administration over new coal rules

Aug. 13, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry. In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Federal New York lockup draws new scrutiny in Epstein death

Aug. 12, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein has brought new scrutiny to a federal jail in New York that, despite chronic understaffing, houses some of the highest-security inmates in the country. Epstein's death is also the latest black eye for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the jail's parent...

NY state approves $1.3 billion arena project for Islanders

Aug. 9, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state board responsible for economic development has approved a $1.3 billion project to build a 19,000-seat arena for the New York Islanders hockey team at Belmont Park. Newsday reports the six members of the Empire State Development board voted Thursday in favor of the...

Promoter intends to drop sanctioning suit against USSF

Aug. 5, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

A promoter intends to drop its lawsuit that asked a court to order the U.S. Soccer Federation to sanction international league matches in the United States. The USSF in April denied an application by Relevent Sports, a company owned by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, to have Ecuador's Barcelona and Guayaquil...

New York reduces penalties for marijuana possession

Jul. 29, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor signed a bill Monday that softens penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and allows for the expungement of some past offenses. The law changes an unlawful possession of marijuana statute into a violation that's similar to a traffic ticket, instead of a...

Recount ends in narrow prosecutor's race; rivalry persists

Jul. 25, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Queens Borough President Melinda Katz declared victory over public defender Tiffany Cabán in the race for the Democratic nomination for Queens district attorney after a recount in the roller-caster race concluded Thursday, but Cabán vowed to keep fighting in court. The manual...