- Top NY lawmaker's arrest sends session, Senate into disarray Updated: May-05-15 3:22 am
ALBANY, New York - The arrest of a powerful New York lawmaker on federal corruption charges threw one of America's most powerful statehouses into disarray, destabilizing the state's Senate while complicating an already contentious legislative agenda.
- Legislative panel probing closures on hold for now Updated: May-04-15 7:04 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - The New Jersey legislative committee looking into the George Washington Bridge scandal will continue its holding pattern - for now.
- Bill to require warning label on sugary sodas advances in NY Updated: Apr-30-15 11:16 am
ALBANY, New York - A proposal to make beverage companies place a health label on sugary drinks is advancing in the New York state Assembly.
- NY Assembly votes to ban conversion therapy for minors Updated: Apr-30-15 3:07 am
ALBANY, New York - Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have voted again to prohibit a psychological treatment designed to change or alter the sexual orientation of a minor.
- NY lawmakers to examine state's heroin problem Updated: Apr-30-15 3:05 am
ALBANY, New York - New York state lawmakers are taking a look at what can be done to address the state's heroin and opioid addiction crisis.
- New Jersey lawmakers plan new Port Authority overhaul Updated: Apr-29-15 4:10 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - A new bill to overhaul the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could be coming soon, New Jersey lawmakers said Wednesday, the latest development after the failed March effort to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill passed unanimously in both states' legislatures.
- Patients want faster access to NY medical marijuana Updated: Apr-28-15 5:00 pm
ALBANY, New York - With New York's medical marijuana program not planned to start until next year, parents of children with debilitating neurological conditions on Tuesday urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers to make the drug available now for those with the greatest need.
- Ben & Jerry's founder backs push for GMO labels in NY Updated: Apr-28-15 2:52 pm
ALBANY, New York - One half of the duo that created Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream is working to pass legislation in New York to require the labeling of foods with ingredients from genetically modified plants.
- November trial date set for indicted ex-NY Assembly speaker Updated: Apr-28-15 11:41 am
NEW YORK - A November trial date was set Tuesday for the corruption case against former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who after pleading not guilty insisted that he will vindicated.
- Bill to close NY campaign finance loophole clears committee Updated: Apr-27-15 5:44 pm
ALBANY, New York - The New York Senate Elections Committee advanced legislation Monday to close the campaign finance loophole for limited liability companies, but the bill's Democratic sponsor said it's still unclear whether the chamber's Republican majority is trying to quietly shelve it.
- NY Senate shelves plan to allow local minimum wage increases Updated: Apr-27-15 5:14 pm
ALBANY, New York - A proposal to let cities in New York state set their own minimum wages was shelved by lawmakers in the state Senate on Monday - dealing a setback to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and others who want the state to relinquish its total control of the wage.
- NY Senate votes to create technology innovation office Updated: Apr-24-15 3:04 am
ALBANY, New York - New York state would create a new agency to test out computers and information technology under a bill endorsed by the state Senate.
- NY lawmakers examine subprime auto loans Updated: Apr-23-15 6:08 pm
ALBANY, New York - More Americans are using subprime loans to buy cars - a potentially risky move for consumers that has lawmakers in New York state calling for tighter regulations and warning of potential economic fallout.
- Catholic Church fights push to allow more abuse claims in NY Updated: Apr-23-15 5:16 pm
ALBANY, New York - The Roman Catholic Church is opposing efforts in New York to allow sex abuse accusers to file lawsuits after the statute of limitations has expired, warning of dire financial consequences if the state allows plaintiffs to sue decades after the purported abuse occurred.
- NY advocates, legislators call for less solitary prison time Updated: Apr-22-15 7:19 pm
ALBANY, New York - Advocates and some New York legislators on Wednesday called for restricting solitary confinement for state inmates, citing a United Nations expert's conclusion that more than 15 days' isolation damages people mentally.
- NY bill would nix statute of limitations on child sex abuse Updated: Apr-22-15 3:05 am
ALBANY, New York - A group of advocates who work to fight child sex abuse is asking New York state lawmakers to eliminate the statute of limitations on certain sex crimes committed against minors.
- NY Senate passes bill to help family caregivers Updated: Apr-21-15 5:28 pm
ALBANY, New York - The New York state Senate has voted to give help to family members and others who care for a loved one at home.
- New York state to spend $72M in '15 to upgrade parks system Updated: Apr-21-15 1:20 pm
BEAR MOUNTAIN, New York - The Cuomo administration says it plans to spend nearly $72 million this year as part of an ongoing effort to improve New York's state parks.
- NY nurses push legislature for staffing ratio limits Updated: Apr-21-15 12:22 pm
ALBANY, New York - Hundreds of nurses from around New York state have come to the Capitol to urge lawmakers to require hospitals to meet minimum staffing requirements.
- NYC issues loom large as NY lawmakers return to Albany Updated: Apr-20-15 12:47 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York City and its mayor have a lot riding on the last two months of the legislative session as lawmakers return to Albany to consider the extension of city rent regulations, mayoral control of schools and a minimum wage hike.
- NY speaker's panel to study government transparency reforms Updated: Apr-17-15 11:41 am
ALBANY, New York - New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has assembled a small group of Democratic lawmakers to study ways to make state government more transparent.
- New York lawmakers mull warning labels on sugary beverages Updated: Apr-13-15 5:04 pm
ALBANY, New York - Public health advocates urged New York state lawmakers Monday to require labels on sugary drinks to warn consumers about the dangers of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.
- Supporters rally for labels on GMO foods in NY Updated: Apr-09-15 3:02 am
ALBANY, New York - Supporters of a proposal to require labels on foods containing genetically engineered ingredients are making another push before lawmakers return to Albany later this month.
- NY to spend $50M on Alzheimer's, dementia care Updated: Apr-08-15 3:04 am
ALBANY, New York - New York state is making an unprecedented investment in care for people with Alzheimer's disease.
- NY revamps brownfields cleanups, tightens NYC tax credits Updated: Apr-07-15 5:58 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York is tightening the tax credits for cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated commercial and industrial sites called brownfields, generally limiting the rebuilding credits in New York City to less lucrative property.