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NY awards first round of vax scholarships for kids 5 to 11

Nov. 27, 2021 16:00 PM EST

ALBANY. N.Y. (AP) — Ten preteens from around New York have won the first round of state college scholarships for 5-to-11-year-olds who get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Saturday. The youths' names were drawn by lottery after their parents or...

Hochul: Order boosts hospital capacity ahead of new variant

Nov. 26, 2021 18:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bracing for a potential winter spike in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced an executive order intended to boost hospital capacity and address staffing shortages. The protocol comes amid warnings about a new and highly transmissible...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Nov. 24, 2021 15:17 PM EST

Albany Times Union. November 21, 2021. Editorial: Get facts before revising bail reforms From the start of the debate over criminal justice reform in New York, some people were simply against any substantive change. And with little more evidence than...

NY urged to launch endowment for public universities

Nov. 22, 2021 16:28 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is facing calls from faculty to boost the state's public university system by launching a university endowment — a step dozens of other states have taken. Lawmakers on the state Senate higher education committee held a hearing Monday as...

Masks again required in western NY county as virus spreads

Nov. 22, 2021 15:24 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — People will soon have to wear masks indoors again in western New York's most populous county because of a spike in COVID-19 positives and hospitalizations in the region, officials said Monday. Starting Tuesday, anyone 2 and older must wear masks at...

Probe finds 'overwhelming evidence' of misconduct by Cuomo

Nov. 22, 2021 14:27 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A legislative investigation released Monday found “overwhelming evidence” that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed women and that he ordered state workers to help produce his book on pandemic leadership during work hours. The report also...

COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in New York

Nov. 20, 2021 22:28 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is continuing to see an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in November as the holiday season approaches, according to the latest state data released Saturday. Nearly 6,100 people a day are now testing positive for COVID-19 in...

New US attorney: Civil rights unit made for 'troubled times'

Nov. 19, 2021 22:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With Attorney General Merrick Garland looking on, Manhattan's new U.S. attorney said Friday he’s establishing a civil rights unit in his office’s criminal division to concentrate greater resources on problems worsening in “troubled times.” U.S....

Cuomo misrepresented COVID-19 nursing home toll, report says

Nov. 19, 2021 18:14 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Assembly's investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's conduct in office concluded the Democrat's administration misrepresented how many nursing home residents died of COVID-19, according to a lawmaker who reviewed the committee's still-secret report. ...

NY lawmakers begin reading findings from Cuomo probe

Nov. 18, 2021 18:37 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the New York Assembly's Judiciary Committee began reading copies of a report on Thursday that delves into allegations against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The report is expected to lay out the committee’s findings into allegations the...