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De Blasio gets heat for keeping city beaches closed

Yet another example of a policy split between City Hall and Albany, the discord on whether or not New York’s beaches are ready to reopen has prompted criticism from city and state lawmakers who say that if local beaches in the five boroughs aren’t open, New Yorkers will travel to the nearest open beach, causing the potential for overcrowding at a time when that’s the very thing to avoid.


Cuomo warns of $8.2 billion in cuts to localities

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to slash aid to localities by $8.2 billion and cut state agency budgets by 10% unless new federal aid comes through in the coming weeks

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Session may resume, with few details on voting technology

The state Legislature may reconvene, but it is unlikely to follow the New York City Council in voting-by-Zoom.

Andrew Cuomo

A coronavirus confederacy rises

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other governors pitch President Donald Trump on a multi-state pact to reopen for business.

Carl Heastie

How New York changed its bail law

State lawmakers avoided major changes to the 2019 bail legislation, but they did add more bail-eligible offenses in the state budget.

Andrew Cuomo

Budget proposal in play would end cash bail

A state budget proposal to end cash bail in New York, but it would allow judges to assess a defendants' dangerousness.

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Why Democratic state lawmakers are pushing to tax the rich

State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi wants higher taxes on the rich, health insurance for airport workers and an expansion of absentee balloting.

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State lawmakers aim to pass early state budget

State lawmakers are aiming to strike a three-way budget deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming week as state efforts continue to contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to multiple state Senate sources.

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Journalists who went to the Dark Side in 2019

These reporters went from receiving press releases to sending them out.

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Simcha Felder

Simcha Felder’s lonely days are over

The four-term Brooklyn lawmaker, state Sen. Simcha Felder has a new life in the Democratic conference.

New York

Lawmakers strike sweeping deal on rent regulations

New York state lawmaker announced a sweeping deal on rent regulations that strengthen tenant protections in New York City and neighboring areas, make the laws permanent and expand them upstate.

New York

What Cuomo’s endorsement of Biden means

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is backing Joseph Biden for president – but why? In this week’s’ “Ask the Experts” feature, we explore why he did it, what the impact will be, and which post could tempt the governor to return to the White House.

Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo, lawmakers reach $175.5 billion budget deal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have reached a $175.5 billion budget deal that includes congestion pricing, a permanent cap on local property tax increases, bail reform and a plan for publicly-financed political campaigns.

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Don’t lower the lobbying disclosure threshold

Amy Bettys, a co-chair of WHARR, argues that Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed Good Government and Ethics Reform law could seriously hurt grassroots organizations.