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$15-a-month internet law on hold in New York, judge rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York cannot require internet providers to offer broadband service for low-income customers for as little as $15-a-month starting next week, a federal judge ruled on Friday. The low-income broadband consumers law passed in the state budget in...

NY lawmakers wrap up 2021 work, but could return

Jun. 11, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers wrapped up this year's legislative session this week, but legislative leaders said they may return. The state Assembly continued its work into the early morning hours of Friday, ending a legislative session marked by the...

NY raises age to arrest juveniles, eases parole penalties

Jun. 10, 2021 23:27 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers would avoid jail time for nonviolent parole violations, and children under age 12 could no longer be arrested as juveniles under bills that passed the state Legislature Thursday. The state Senate and Assembly passed the Less is More Act...

NY would count absentee votes faster under bill

Jun. 09, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York election workers would have to start counting absentee ballots earlier under legislation that passed the state Senate Wednesday. Lawmakers, including Sen. Mike Gianaris, say the state must prevent another election year like 2020, when...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jun. 09, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

Albany Times Union. June 4, 2021. Editorial: An institutional problem THE ISSUE: COVID-19 vaccination rates remain low among staff in the state’s prisons and institutions for people with disabilities. THE...

NY could try to sue gun manufacturers under bill

Jun. 08, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general could sue gun manufacturers under certain scenarios under a bill that passed the state Senate and Assembly on Tuesday as lawmakers continued wrapping up this year's legislative session. Gun manufacturers could, for...

Feinberg tapped as 1st woman to chair NYC transit authority

Jun. 08, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Feinberg has been nominated to chair New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and if confirmed, would become the first woman to head North America's largest public transit system. Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced...

More virus rules to lift if 70% of NY adults get vaccine jab

Jun. 07, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York will lift more COVID-19 rules once 70% of adults have at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, a target that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he hoped his state could reach in days. The Empire State building will light up in blue and gold once New...

NY lawmakers mull criminal justice bills as session wraps

Jun. 07, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Liberal groups are calling on New York lawmakers to use the last days of the legislative session to pass bills related to the criminal justice system, despite concern over rising gun violence that could make reform more politically risky. ...

NY Education Department to schools: Masks still required

Jun. 07, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Students, teachers and staff in New York schools were still required to wear masks indoors Monday, despite a conflicting letter from the governor's health commissioner released days earlier. The state Education Department sent school district leaders...