Latest New York state government News

Trail patch sales support NY outdoor recreation projects

Oct. 13, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is selling patches to support maintenance work on outdoor recreation facilities. The latest design of the New York State Trail Supporter Patch resembles the round yellow disks marking connector trails on state lands. The previous...

$3 million for NY towns to buy zero emissions equipment

Oct. 13, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that communities that want to promote emissions-free vehicles can apply for part of $3 million in rebates and grants. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says electric vehicles cost less to operate and are more...

Court strikes down NY law to disclose donors to nonprofits

Oct. 12, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democratic governor is reviewing a federal judge's move to strike down a 2016 law that would have required the disclosure of donors to certain nonprofits that want to lobby public officials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says it's considering next steps following the decision in...

New York to be 1st to require disclosure of tampon materials

Oct. 11, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will become the first state to require the disclosure of ingredients in tampons and other menstrual products. The law was signed Friday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said menstrual products could contain toxic or allergy-causing chemicals unknown to consumers. The law...

Editorials from around New York

Oct. 9, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: Obstruction provocations force Congress to hold President Trump accountable New York Daily News Oct. 9 For months, Trump administration officials have shown the back of their hands to congressional attempts to exercise oversight....

New York state receives first report of vaping-related death

Oct. 8, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor says the state has seen its first reported death linked to vaping. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Oct. 4 death of a 17-year-old male from the Bronx was reported Tuesday to the state Department of Health. Cuomo says the teenager was hospitalized in early...

Group calls for reform amid rises in prescription drug costs

Oct. 8, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democratic governor is facing calls for action as prescription drug costs rise. AARP is pushing across the country for reform and announced Tuesday that its new analysis of federal survey data shows one in five New York adult residents stopped taking medication as prescribed...

NY governor signs bill requiring pelvic exam consent

Oct. 7, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a measure to prohibit the performance of pelvic exams without informed consent on patients under anesthesia or unconscious. Democrat Cuomo's Monday announcement says the law takes effect in 180 days. Roughly a dozen states this year have introduced...

NY law now takes 17-year-olds out of adult criminal system

Oct. 6, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is taking most 17-year-olds with offenses out of the adult criminal justice system. The change is effective this month under the second part of 2017 legislation that raised New York's age of criminal responsibility to 18. The first part of the law addressing most 16-year-olds...

Court puts enforcement of New York’s flavor ban on hold

Oct. 3, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state appeals court on Thursday temporarily blocked New York from enforcing a new prohibition on sales of flavored e-cigarettes after the vaping industry sued to block the ban. The stay comes a day before the state planned to start enforcing 90-day emergency regulations banning the...