Latest New York state government News

NY to eliminate jail time for most minor parole violations

Sep. 17, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers will be able to avoid jail time for most nonviolent parole violations under a new law signed Friday by Gov. Kathy Hochul. The “Less is More” law will take effect in March and largely eliminates New York's practice of incarcerating...

NY governor vows to fight lawsuit over vaccine mandate

Sep. 16, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul vowed this week to fight a lawsuit launched by a group of Christian health care practitioners who argue that New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for many health care workers is unconstitutional because it lacks a religious exemption. ...

World leaders face new rule at UN meeting: vaccination

Sep. 15, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to speak at the U.N. General Assembly's big meeting next week, the assembly leader and New York City officials have said, prompting swift objections from at least one nation. With...

New York requires masks in child-care centers

Sep. 15, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — All workers at child-care centers in New York now must wear face coverings under a plan announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday. The Democratic governor said the requirement is effective “now” and applies to all staff and visitors at...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Sep. 15, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

New York Post. September 14, 2021. Editorial: There’s a reason Rikers is such a dangerous hellhole: De Blasio just doesn’t care Mayor Bill de Blasio all but admitted the obvious Tuesday: The Rikers jail complex is a dangerous, out-of-control,...

Judge blocks medical worker vaccine mandate in NY state

Sep. 14, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge temporarily blocked the state of New York on Tuesday from forcing medical workers to be vaccinated after a group of health care workers sued, saying their Constitutional rights were violated because the state's mandate disallowed religious exemptions. ...

All New York subway stations now have security cameras

Sep. 13, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — All of New York’s 472 subway stations now are equipped with security cameras. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Monday that it had installed the last of thousands of cameras at the G line’s Broadway stop. The...

20th anniversary of terrorist attacks marked by NY teams

Sep. 10, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Zeile thought back 20 years, to the night baseball returned in New York following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “We put a small Band-Aid on a big wound for a couple of hours,” the retired Mets infielder said Friday. “To put the smiles on the...

NYC subway breakdown blamed on 'power off' button being hit

Sep. 10, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A recent power outage that disrupted half of New York City's subway system for several hours and stranded hundreds of passengers was likely caused by someone accidentally pressing an “Emergency Power Off” button, according to investigations released Friday. ...

Endo latest company to settle with New York over opioids

Sep. 09, 2021 23:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The state of New York and two large counties agreed Thursday a $50 million deal to end their lawsuits with drugmaker Endo International, in the latest of a progression of settlements of government claims over the opioid addiction and overdose crisis. ...