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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid

Sep. 20, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates. Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but...

Cuomo signs bill extending statute of limitations for rape

Sep. 18, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday to make it easier to prosecute some sex crimes by extending the statute of limitations for second- and third-degree rape. The Democratic governor was joined by actresses Mira Sorvino and Julianne Moore as well as activists from the...

Editorials from around New York

Sep. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: At war with himself: Trump dare not back the U.S. into a new Mideast war New York Daily News Sept. 18 In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump told voters weary of U.S. engagement in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere he would take great...

NY lawmaker wants ban on plastic toiletry bottles in hotels

Sep. 18, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's a new push to ban those tiny plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in hotel rooms across New York state as a way to reduce plastic waste. State Sen. Todd Kaminsky announced a legislative proposal Wednesday that would prohibit hotels from offering single-use...

Trump says he'd give Iranian leaders visas to attend UN

Sep. 18, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he thinks the Iranian president and foreign minister should be granted U.S. visas to attend next week's United Nations General Assembly. "If it was up to me, I'd let them come," Trump said on a tarmac in Los Angeles. "I would certainly not want...

New York judge resigns after compliant about noose posting

Sep. 17, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town judge resigned following a complaint about a Facebook post that featured a noose, a Trump campaign slogan and a phrase about making "evil people" fear punishment. The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Tuesday that Altona Town Court Justice...

Panel approves ban on sale of flavored e-cigs in New York

Sep. 17, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, a move that comes as federal health officials investigate a mysterious surge of severe breathing illnesses linked to vaping. The vote by the state Public Health and Health Planning Council means the...

Retailers scramble as NY moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Sep. 16, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Vape shops in New York are scrambling to respond to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to prohibit the sale of flavored vaping products — a ban poised to take effect Tuesday. Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed the ban on Sunday . The emergency regulation will take effect immediately if approved as...

NY lawmakers to look at expanding access to rural broadband

Sep. 16, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of New York state lawmakers are gathering in Albany to look at ways to expand access to broadband internet access in rural and remote parts of the state. The Legislature's Joint Commission on Rural Resources and the Assembly Standing Committee on Local Governments plan to meet...

New York moves to enact statewide flavored e-cig ban

Sep. 15, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this week to...