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174 Years After Historic Convention, Women Still Feel Their Rights Are in Question
Civil Rights
174 Years After Historic Convention, Women Still Feel Their Rights Are in Question
2022-07-22 12:47:23
by Eden Metzger

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — One hundred and seventy-four years after the first women's rights convention was held in this bucolic hamlet in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, speakers gathered here to ponder their rights under a Constitution... Read More

In The States
New York Bans Smoking From All Public Parks and Beaches
2022-07-18 20:03:51
by Eden Metzger

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation that bans smoking from all of New York state's public beaches and parks.  "Smoking is a dangerous habit that affects not only the smoker but everyone around them, including families and... Read More

White House
Calls to Do ‘More’ Reverberate at Celebration of Bipartisan Gun Bill
2022-07-12 20:45:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — More than 2,000 people gathered on the South Lawn of the White House Monday morning to celebrate the “real progress” of the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and agreement across the aisle on gun control after... Read More

In The States
Gun Bill a No-Show at New York Legislature, New Special Session Convened
2022-07-01 15:22:55
by Reece Nations

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York lawmakers’ plans to cast votes on concealed carry gun legislation Thursday were delayed for hours by surprise negotiations on the extension of mayoral control of public education and an amendment to the state constitution to... Read More

Elections
Interesting Races Abound as Five States Head to the Polls on Tuesday
2022-06-25 16:20:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — This week will see yet another post-COVID “Super Tuesday” unfold as voters in five states — New York, Illinois, Colorado, Oklahoma and Utah head to the polls. New York In New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to... Read More

Redistricting
State Court Approves Controversial CD Map for New York
2022-05-23 20:26:22
by Dan McCue

ALBANY, N.Y. — A state court judge formally approved a controversial new congressional map Friday night, ratifying a map that could prove costly to Democrats while forcing two of the state’s most prominent House members to square off against each... Read More

Cities
New York’s Iconic One Times Square to Undergo $500M Facelift
2022-05-06 20:20:09
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK — One of New York City’s most iconic locations, One Times Square, scene of the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop watched by millions, is about to undergo a $500 million redevelopment. Jamestown, a real estate investment and... Read More

Redistricting
New York’s Highest Court Tosses Congressional District Map
2022-04-27 20:27:38
by Dan McCue

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s highest court ruled Wednesday that Democrats who oversaw the state’s redistricting process violated the state constitution and turned a blind eye to the will of the voters when they drew new congressional and state Senate... Read More

Redistricting
GOP Expert Offers His Perspective on Redistricting and What it Portends for 2022
2022-04-22 21:57:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — With just two states, New Hampshire and Missouri, left to finalize congressional district maps ahead of the 2022 midterms, attention is now shifting to primary contests and the inevitable litigation that the decennially-drawn maps inspire. On Friday, The... Read More

Climate
NYC Reservoir Releases Raise Worries about Stormier Future

OLIVE, N.Y. (AP) — As western regions contend with drier conditions, New York City is under fire for sometimes releasing hundreds of millions of gallons of water a day from a key reservoir in the Catskill Mountains. The occasional releases,... Read More

Redistricting
New York Redistricting Plan Tossed on Trash Heap
2022-04-01 12:45:38
by Dan McCue

ALBANY, N.Y. — A state supreme court on Thursday tossed out New York State’s proposed redistricting plan, holding that new districts drafted for state and congressional races were unlawfully partisan in nature. Justice Patrick McAllister of New York’s Steuben County... Read More

Crime
New York and DC Police Search for Serial Killer
2022-03-14 16:46:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The mayors of Washington, D.C., and New York City released a statement Sunday saying they are tracking what appears to be a serial killer who is attacking homeless people at random in both cities. Police blame at least... Read More

In The States
New York Governor Seeks to Bolster Entertainment Industry
2022-01-19 18:37:19
by Dan McCue

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first budget proposal as chief executive includes key tax credit extensions aimed at bolstering the state’s entertainment industry and revitalizing an economy still struggling with the coronavirus pandemic. Hochul’s proposed budget would... Read More

In The States
Trump Sues NY Attorney General, Seeking to End Civil Probe

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump sued New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday, resorting to a familiar but seldom successful strategy as he seeks to end a yearslong civil investigation into his business practices that he alleges is... Read More

In The States
New York AG Adds to Civil and Criminal Lawsuits Against Former President Trump
2021-12-13 16:52:13
by Brock Blasdell

NEW YORK — New York’s Attorney General Letitia James has subpoenaed former president Donald J. Trump to appear in a deposition next month to answer allegations regarding the Trump organization’s involvement in improperly valuing real estate assets. The request falls... Read More

In The News
NY Attorney General Seeks Trump's Testimony in Civil Probe

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general is seeking former President Donald Trump’s testimony in an ongoing civil investigation into his business practices, a person familiar with the matter said. Attorney General Letitia James’ office has requested that Trump... Read More

In The States
Gov. Hochul Aims to Hold Office Amid Primary Challengers
2021-12-02 20:51:00
by Reece Nations

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul took over for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August, and her performance so far has strengthened her case for reelection with the state’s voters. Polling data suggests New Yorkers are generally supportive... Read More

Political News
Suozzi Declares for New York Gubernatorial Race

NEW YORK — Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., announced on Monday in a virtual new conference that he will run for governor of New York. Suozzi is the latest candidate to join the race in which he will contend with incumbent... Read More

Elections
AP: Letitia James Will Run for New York Governor

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James plans to run for governor, according to three people directly familiar with her plans who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday. James will enter the race as a formidable... Read More

Climate
In NYC After Ida, Biden Calls Climate 'Everybody's Crisis'

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden declared climate change has become "everybody's crisis" on Tuesday as he toured neighborhoods flooded by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, warning it's time for America to get serious about the "code red" danger... Read More

White House
Biden Directs Federal Aid to NY, NJ After Deadly Flooding

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — President Joe Biden approved major disaster declarations Monday greenlighting federal aid for people in six New Jersey counties and five New York counties affected by devastating flooding last week from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. At... Read More

In The States
Hochul, NY's 1st Female Governor, Inherits Vast Challenges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Kathy Hochul became the first female governor of New York on Tuesday, inheriting immense challenges as she takes over an administration facing criticism for inaction during Andrew Cuomo's distracted final months in office. Hochul, a Democrat... Read More

Supreme Court
Supreme Court Strikes Down New York Anti-Eviction Law
2021-08-16 20:04:46
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Federal courts continued their struggle with state and federal eviction moratoriums in separate rulings Thursday and Friday. A federal judge in Washington ruled Friday that her “hands are tied” to halt the federal eviction moratorium that the Centers... Read More

In The States
Hochul: I'll Run for Governor After Finishing Cuomo's Term

NEW YORK (AP) — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who will serve out the remainder of Andrew Cuomo's term after he steps down amid sexual harassment allegations,  said Thursday she plans to run for governor in her own right next year.... Read More

Technology
USDA Invests $21 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural New York
2021-07-06 20:18:48
by Dan McCue

About 13,511 people, 146 farms and 72 businesses are about to see their daily activities transformed due to a $21 million investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The money will be used to provide broadband internet service to Madison... Read More

In The States
'It Lessens My Bills': $500 Payments Tested in Upstate NY

Annette Steele isn't destitute or unemployed. But for a year she'll be receiving $500 per month in no-strings-attached payments as part of an experimental universal basic income program in upstate New York. Places from Compton, California, to Richmond, Virginia, are... Read More

Health
Vaccine Credentials Are Going Digital But With Challenges
2021-06-09 18:53:43
by Alexa Hornbeck

Over half of adult Americans have now had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the Biden administration is working with private companies to soon offer digital vaccine credentials from a mobile device, which would allow Americans to... Read More

Business
$28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund Open for Enrollment
2021-05-03 21:38:37
by Reece Nations

The Small Business Administration began accepting applications on Monday for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a program authorized in March by the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act. To receive funding, businesses must submit their application to the SBA on... Read More

Census
'We Did It!': Minnesota Exults at Census Win at NY's Expense

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans spent 18 months worrying over whether the 2020 census would finally cost them a precious seat in Congress, expecting to lose one to faster-growing competitors in the South  and West even if they found and counted... Read More

Cities
NYC Prosecutor, Trump Nemesis Won't Seek Reelection
2021-03-12 18:36:30
by TWN Staff

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who is currently overseeing a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump will not seek re-election to a fourth term, he announced Friday morning. “Representing the people of New York during this pivotal era for... Read More

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