Latest New York State Legislature News

Cuomo warns of school aid cuts in budget deal amid outbreak

Apr. 1, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers were preparing Wednesday to work late into the night to pass a budget that is expected to slash school aid as the coronavirus outbreak roils the state's economy. Lawmakers failed Tuesday night to pass a budget before the start of the state's fiscal year, which began...

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a COVID-19 coronavirus infection testing facility at Glen Island Park, Friday, March 13, 2020, in New Rochelle, N.Y.  State officials have set up a “containment area” in the New York City suburb, where schools and houses of worship are closed within a 1-mile radius of a point near a synagogue where an infected person with coronavirus had attended events. State officials stress it is not a lockdown. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World  Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York weighs impact of virus outbreak on state budget

Mar. 15, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will try to pass a budget ahead of an April 1 deadline despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo's push to swiftly pass a budget comes after at least two state lawmakers fell ill, and New York confirmed it has over 600 cases of...

Shoppers browse barren shelves at a supermarket, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Larchmont, N.Y. State officials have set up a

New York reports first 2 coronavirus deaths

Mar. 15, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state on Saturday reported its first two deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, victims who authorities said both had underlying medical conditions. An 82-year-old woman who had advanced emphysema died Friday at Wyckoff Medical Center in Brooklyn, where she had been in critical...

The Latest: South Korea sees fewest virus cases since Feb 21

Mar. 14, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

The Latest on the world's coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 150,000 people and killed more than 5,700. The disease for most people causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness. A man in his 70s has become the first person in Oregon to die from the new...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins addresses the media at the state Capitol in Albany. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2020, Stewart-Cousins defended a proposal by senate Democrats that would eliminate cash bail entirely for misdemeanor and nonviolent felony cases but give judges more discretion over who is released from jail before trial. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Campaign dollars flow as lawmakers debate New York bail law

Feb. 27, 2020 8:20 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As the debate over New York's bail law rages in the state Capitol, criminal justice interests have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to state lawmakers who will decide whether to amend the reforms, campaign finance records show. Records show New York lawmakers and political...

Appeals court won't hear more appeals of Sheldon Silver case

Feb. 21, 2020 5:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver lost his bid Friday to get a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision to uphold part of his corruption conviction. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a brief order closed the door on a request to have a three-judge panel that...

New York lawmaker won't seek reelection after arrest

Feb. 13, 2020 5:56 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state Republican lawmaker who was charged with drunken driving and blamed his wife for a New Year’s Eve crash said Thursday he will not run for reelection this year. Brian M. Kolb previously served as the top Republican in the New York State Assembly, but stepped down from the...

Capitol Watch: Public safety, school aid, Medicaid on agenda

Feb. 8, 2020 9:57 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers are heading into a week of hearings on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal, and one of the big issues on the table is how to slash Medicaid costs without hurting patients or financially crippling counties that help pay for the program. A new Medicaid Redesign Team,...

Lawmakers question governor's higher ed spending plan

Feb. 4, 2020 9:21 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York lawmakers called on the governor Tuesday to do more to help low-income college students instead of following through with his proposal that would benefit mostly upper-class students. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has proposed letting slightly wealthier students qualify...

Mental health groups press for new funding from NY lawmakers

Feb. 4, 2020 12:24 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Mental health interests urged New York lawmakers to funnel more funding toward human service nonprofits on Monday, saying the organizations have faced lacking support from the state in the recent past. Dozens of human service groups are pushing this session for an annual 3% funding...