While the latest New York state budget increases education funding by $1 billion, advocacy groups are criticizing a failure to adequately ensure equitable education funding across all school districts.
New York has become the first state in the nation to ban the surgical declawing of cats — a move that has pleased most veterinarians and animal advocacy groups, but was opposed by the state's largest veterinary organization.
Cuomo has signed legislation reauthorizing and expanding the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises program, which requires state agencies to contract state projects out to a certain percentage of minority- and women-owned businesses in New York state. The program had been set to expire at the end of this year.
Democratic leaders in Albany announced earlier this week that an agreement has been reached on a series of historic changes to state rent regulations meant to strengthen protections for tenants across the state, close key loopholes and address economic inequality.
Over the objections of real estate developers and landlords, both chambers are expected pass the comprehensive package today, Friday, June 14 — just one day before existing rent regulations are set to expire.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released an analysis of the state budget financial and capital plans early this month, raising concerns about long-term fund balances, increasing debt, the impacts of federal policies — and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's dubious accounting practices.
New York will receive more than $19 million from consumer credit reporting agency Equifax Inc., resulting from investigations into a 2017 data breach that exposed the information of more than half of American adults.
Florida is suing the nation's two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging they added to the state and national opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to stop illegal sales. On average, about 45 people die nationally each day because of opioid overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.