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Editorial Roundup: New York

Feb. 19, 2020 4:08 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: The President Takes a Campaign Donation From the Pentagon Wall Street Journal Feb. 14 That “big, beautiful wall” President Trump never tires of carrying on about is becoming one of the most expensive campaign stunts...

New York attorney general drops T-Mobile-Sprint challenge

Feb. 16, 2020 4:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general said Sunday the state will not appeal a judge's decision approving the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 14 attorneys general who sued to stop T-Mobile's purchase of...

New York courts snowmobiling tourists with free weekend

Feb. 16, 2020 12:46 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is courting winter tourists with a fee-free weekend for out-of-state snowmobilers. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the plan Sunday at Saranac Lake. Fees will be waived March 14 and 15 for Canadian and other out-of-state visitors with registered, insured vehicles. New York...

Capitol Watch: Fate of pot sales in New York is unclear

Feb. 15, 2020 7:28 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Disagreements over revenue and reparations have held up proposals to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, but opportunities for compromise could come up in the weeks ahead. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to soon release suggested tweaks to his budget proposal, which included a...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a bill signing ceremony in New York. Cuomo says his state will file a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's plan to block New Yorkers from enrolling in

Cuomo meets with Trump to offer deal on travelers program

Feb. 13, 2020 6:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the White House on Thursday in the hope he could persuade President Donald Trump to reverse a decision to boot New Yorkers from programs that allow travelers to avoid long lines at the U.S. border. The Democratic governor and Republican president met...

New York lawmaker won't seek reelection after arrest

Feb. 13, 2020 5:56 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state Republican lawmaker who was charged with drunken driving and blamed his wife for a New Year’s Eve crash said Thursday he will not run for reelection this year. Brian M. Kolb previously served as the top Republican in the New York State Assembly, but stepped down from the...

New York bail reform debate deepens among state Democrats

Feb. 12, 2020 7:52 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After weeks of facing heavy criticism from law enforcement over New York's bail law, state Senate Democrats are considering a proposal to give judges more discretion over who is released from jail before trial. Among other changes being floated, Senate Majority Leader Andrea...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Feb. 12, 2020 3:42 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: You From New York? You’re First on Trump’s Revenge List The New York Times Feb. 6 Fresh from his impeachment acquittal by Senate Republicans, President Trump has shifted into payback mode. In his combative State of the...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a bill signing ceremony in New York. Cuomo says his state will file a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's plan to block New Yorkers from enrolling in

Cuomo to propose compromise, hopes to end Global Entry ban

Feb. 12, 2020 11:33 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor plans to propose to President Donald Trump that the state could share some driving records with federal immigration agencies if the administration reverses its move to block state residents from Global Entry and other programs that allow travelers to avoid long...

This undated file photo shows the Tioga County Jail in Owego, N.Y. As jail populations continue to plummet across the state, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to allow counties to opt into regional lockups instead of solely operating their own facility. Newly released data from the state shows that New York's total jail population plunged by 30% from January 2019 to January 2020. (Kristopher Radder/Press & Sun-Bulletin via AP, File)

Governor seeks to lower jail costs as inmate numbers plunge

Feb. 11, 2020 7:35 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As jail populations continue to plummet across the state, New York's governor is proposing to allow counties to opt into regional lockups instead of solely operating their own facility. The legislation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one in a long list of policy proposals included within his...