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Local coverage of what's going on in New York state government, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature — dominated by Democrats following the 2018 midterms — are pursuing a legislative agenda in open defiance of federal policy under President Donald Trump. (Includes links to state legislators and legislation, as well as relevant agencies, organizations, people, primary sources and public events.)

Local coverage of what's going on in New York state government, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature — dominated by Democrats following the 2018 midterms — are pursuing a legislative agenda in open defiance of federal policy under President Donald Trump. (Includes links to state legislators and legislation, as well as relevant agencies, organizations, people, primary sources and public events.)
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NewsPlexus Media January 18, 2020

State urges caution ahead of winter weather
New Yorkers are urged to use caution throughout the next several days as forecasts are calling for significant snowfall throughout the state beginning Saturday afternoon.
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NewsPlexus Media January 18, 2020

Lawmakers urged to review and remedy poor national performance of NY hospitals
A recent analysis of federal data has found that the quality of hospital care in New York is among the worst in the nation.
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NewsPlexus Media January 18, 2020

AG James files joint lawsuit to prevent Trump admin from stripping SNAP benefits
New York Attorney General Letitia James and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the Trump Administration from eliminating food assistance for tens of thousands of New Yorkers.
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NewsPlexus Media January 17, 2020

Proposed law would establish immigrants’ right to legal counsel
A new law proposed by Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, would establish a universal right to legal counsel in federal immigration court proceedings for income-eligible New York residents and other immigrants whose court proceedings are determined to have a relevant connection with New York state.
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NewsPlexus Media January 17, 2020

Lawmakers propose public authority to replace Con Ed, National Grid downstate
State lawmakers have proposed legislation to replace downstate utility providers National Grid and Con Ed with a public authority.
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NewsPlexus Media January 17, 2020

Senators from both parties seek to amend controversial cashless bail provision
State senators on both sides of the political aisle have proposed amendments to a controversial criminal justice provision that would allow most misdemeanor and low-level felony offenders to stay out of jail while awaiting trial.
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NewsPlexus Media January 16, 2020

State senator introduces legislation establishing abortion access fund
State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, D-Bronx, has introduced a bill that would establish an abortion access fund in New York state, funded by taxpayer donations.
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NewsPlexus Media January 16, 2020

OSC: School property tax cap will be under 2 percent in 2020-21
Property tax levy growth for school districts will be capped at 1.81 percent for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, down from a 2 percent cap in each of the two previous years, according to data released today by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
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NewsPlexus Media January 16, 2020

Assembly approves limo safety package
The state Assembly passed a package of legislation Tuesday that will create additional regulations and requirements for the limousine industry, on the same day an identical package was passed in the Senate.
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NewsPlexus Media January 14, 2020

Senate Dems pass series of election law reforms meant to increase voter turnout
State senators passed a package of voting reforms on Thursday, adding to a series of reforms that was passed by a newly ascended Democratic majority during the 2019 legislative session. The new reforms include Automatic Voter Registration, early voting measures, voter notifications, and a requirement that college campuses with more than 300 registered voters be drawn into contiguous election districts and provided with their own polling places on campus grounds.
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NewsPlexus Media January 14, 2020

Assembly to consider prostitution, corporate penalties, personal privacy & more
The state Assembly will consider 27 proposed bills on Wednesday, including measures related to prostitution, gender equity, personal and professional privacy, part-time employment, penalties for corporations and public officials, and more.
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NewsPlexus Media January 14, 2020

Following 15-minute Monday, Senate set to pass limousine safety package Tuesday
The state Senate passed a series of uncontroversial bills in a short 15-minute session on Monday, approving legislation related to veterans services and public restrooms while clarifying legislative language on a number of earlier bills. The chamber will meet again Tuesday to consider a limousine safety package pushed by survivors of the 2018 Schoharie crash.
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NewsPlexus Media January 14, 2020

Criminal justice controversy is center stage early in 2020 legislative session
A contentious debate over a criminal reform package — which was included in last year’s state budget bill and took effect on the first of this year — intensified in the state Senate on Thursday, as Republican lawmakers called for the suspension of the cashless bail provision, pending review and revision, and Democrats appeared divided on the issue of whether some amendments might be warranted.
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NewsPlexus Media January 13, 2020

State to eliminate subminimum wage in ‘miscellaneous’ industries in 2020
The state Department of Labor is issuing an order eliminating the subminimum wage for 'miscellaneous' industries statewide, impacting more than 70,000 tipped employees, including nail salon workers, hairdressers, aestheticians, car wash workers, valet parking attendants, door-persons, tow truck drivers, dog groomers and tour guides.
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NewsPlexus Media January 13, 2020

After stalling in 2019, lawmakers reach agreement on limo safety package
Almost immediately after 20 people died in a limousine crash in Schoharie more than a year ago, state legislators and the governor committed to adopting new limousine safety standards, the bulk of which failed to pass the Legislature last year — but lawmakers say they have reached an agreement on a series of bills they intend to “fast-track” in 2020.
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NewsPlexus Media January 10, 2020

State forces mortgage company to return foreclosed homes to 58 New York families
New Yorkers will receive cash payments and have their homes paid off; Vision Property Management, LLC, and affiliates will wind down and permanently cease residential real estate business in New York.
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NewsPlexus Media January 10, 2020

First-ever Director of Sustainable Investments and Climate Solutions joins OSC
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has announced the state's first-ever director of Sustainable Investments and Climate Solutions to support the implementation of the Fund’s Climate Action Plan.
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NewsPlexus Media January 9, 2020

Cuomo gives State of the State 2020: “Making Progress Happen”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his tenth State of the State address, entitled “Making Progress Happen,” in Albany on Wednesday as state lawmakers returned to the capital for the beginning of the 2020 legislative session.
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NewsPlexus Media January 8, 2020

2020 legislative session gets underway with State of State address
Lawmakers have returned to Albany for a shortened legislative session in what promises to be a turbulent political year; Gov. Cuomo delivers State of State
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NewsPlexus Media January 7, 2020

One day before State of State, Cuomo unveils more proposals for 2020
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced three more proposals he intends to include in his 2020 agenda, which he will introduce in its entirety tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 8 — expanding the state Workforce Development Initiative; banning repeat and high-risk sexual offenders from the MTA; and strengthening the relationship between local law enforcement and their communities.
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NewsPlexus Media January 7, 2020

Advocates upset Gov signed only 1 of 2 bills removing barriers to addiction meds
Addiction recovery advocates are dismayed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill removing restrictions on addiction treatment drugs for Medicaid recipients, while approving a similar bill for privately insured New Yorkers.
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NewsPlexus Media January 7, 2020

Gov reveals 10 more agenda proposals days before 2020 State of the State address
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to deliver his 2020 State of the State address on Wednesday, he has unveiled ten more proposals he intends to make part of his 2020 agenda — the majority of which represent investments in state infrastructure and business initiatives.
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NewsPlexus Media January 7, 2020

Assembly Minority Leader steps down after Christmas Eve DWI charge
Long-time Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, stepped down from his position on Friday, three days after he was arrested for driving his state-issues vehicle into a ditch while intoxicated — and less than two weeks after submitting an op-ed to the Daily Messenger of Canandaigua, published on Christmas Eve, urging motorists not to drink and drive.
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NewsPlexus Media January 4, 2020

2020 Proposal #20: Updating New York’s Equal Rights Amendment
The governor has announced the twentieth proposal to be included in his 2020 State of the State agenda: passing an inclusive Equal Rights Amendment that establishes sex, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the New York State Constitution.
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NewsPlexus Media January 4, 2020

Gov’s 19th 2020 proposal would loosen “antiquated” alcoholic beverage law
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled the nineteenth proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda — growing the state’s craft beverage manufacturing industry by reforming prohibition-era laws and removing barriers to new investments.
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NewsPlexus Media January 3, 2020

NY sees highest population decrease in US in 2019
NY sees highest population decrease in US in 2019; 2nd highest decrease due to domestic migration
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NewsPlexus Media January 2, 2020

Cuomo’s 18th 2020 proposal would combat the manufacture of illegal guns
The eighteenth proposal to be included in the governor’s 2020 State of the State agenda would ban untraceable "ghost guns" by: requiring firearm parts be sold only to authorized buyers; making those parts subject to the same eligibility requirements as completed firearms; and requiring that all major parts receive a serial number.
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NewsPlexus Media January 2, 2020

Minimum wages have increased around the state with the end of 2019
Minimum wages across the state increased yesterday, and employers must update their required minimum wage informational posters. In 2016, the state adopted a progressive minimum wage hike — which is being implemented in phases — with the ultimate goal of achieving a statewide minimum wage of $15.
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NewsPlexus Media December 31, 2019

Cuomo’s 17th 2020 proposal would combat robocalls and telephone scammers
The governor announced the 17th proposal of his 2020 State of the State Agenda today — a plan to fight incessant robocalls, telephone scammers and nuisance calls.
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NewsPlexus Media December 31, 2019

Gov signs act to study inclusion of women on corporate boards of directors
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday requiring the New York State Department of State and the Department of Taxation and Finance to conduct a study on the number of women directors who serve on each board of directors of domestic and foreign corporations authorized to do business in New York.
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NewsPlexus Media December 30, 2019

Gov unveils 2 more 2020 proposals: banning flavored vapes, legalizing surrogacy
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced two more proposals to be included in his 2020 State of the State agenda — banning all flavored nicotine vaping products, including menthol flavors and vaping advertisements aimed at youth, and lifting New York's ban on gestational surrogacy to help support LGBTQ couples and people struggling with fertility start families.
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NewsPlexus Media December 28, 2019

State Committee on Open Government releases 2019 report
The state Committee on Open Government, which falls under the Department of State, has released a report on open government issues in 2019 — including legislative amendments, key court decisions and a list on ongoing items for consideration by the governor and state Legislature. The report also outlines services provided by COOG during the last year, which also saw some internal upheaval due to the actions of its longtime leader.
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NewsPlexus Media December 27, 2019

Cuomo’s 14th 2020 proposal would increase transparency in healthcare costs
The 14th proposal of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State agenda is aimed at increasing transparency in healthcare costs.
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NewsPlexus Media December 26, 2019

Gov unveils 13th 2020 proposal: a strategy to build high-speed rail system in NY
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced the 13th proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda — convening outside experts to reexamine and rethink strategies to bring high-speed rail to New York.
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NewsPlexus Media December 26, 2019

DEC adopts regulations to improve air quality and reduce harmful ozone
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted final regulations meant to improve air quality and protect public health by placing new requirements on peak-use power plants.
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NewsPlexus Media December 24, 2019

Gov announces 12th 2020 proposal to codify Buy American Act
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled the twelfth proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda — making the "New York Buy American" Act permanent.
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NewsPlexus Media December 24, 2019

State creates board and council to address environmental justice issues
New York has enacted legislation creating a permanent Environmental Justice Advisory Board and Interagency Coordinating Council to ensure that no group or class of residents is disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change or the state’s efforts to address it.
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NewsPlexus Media December 23, 2019

Gov. Cuomo unveils 10th and 11th 2020 State of the State proposals
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled the tenth and eleventh proposals of his 2020 State of the State agenda — eliminating the pink tax and preventing convicted sex offenders from using social media accounts, dating apps and video game chat functions.
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NewsPlexus Media December 21, 2019

Panel denies NY judges pay raises for the next four years
Judges in New York state won’t be getting a pay raise for the first time in nearly a decade next year, after a panel created to evaluate compensation for each of the state’s branches of government declined to grant one on Wednesday.
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NewsPlexus Media December 20, 2019

Gov. Cuomo's 9th 2020 proposal targets untaxed tobacco retailers
The ninth announced proposal that will be included in the governor’s 2020 State of the State agenda, which he will formally deliver on Jan. 8, would crack down on retailers that illegally sell untaxed cigarettes or other tobacco products in New York. Under the proposal, retailers who acquire untaxed cigarettes from other states and sell them illegally in New York could be shut down. The proposal also includes stronger penalties and fines for retailers that sell tobacco products to anyone under 21 years old.
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NewsPlexus Media December 20, 2019

State awards more than $761M through regional economic development initiative
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that more than $761 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through the ninth round of his Regional Economic Development Council initiative — known to some critics as Cuomo’s Hunger Games, due to the fact that ten New York regions compete for billions in state funding through a process that lacks transparency and accountability.
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NewsPlexus Media December 19, 2019

Groups urge Gov to sign bill increasing oversight of govt-controlled non-profits
A group of political watchdog organizations in New York have issued a memorandum in support of a bill delivered to the governor’s desk this week that would authorize the state comptroller to audit private organizations controlled by local government entities.
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NewsPlexus Media December 19, 2019

Cuomo announces three more proposals to be included in his 2020 agenda
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced three more proposals he will include in his 2020 legislative agenda — a plan to lower prescription drug costs, net neutrality protections, and a bill to protect consumers from abusive debt collectors.
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NewsPlexus Media December 18, 2019

Environmental advocates call on state to fulfill green justice promise
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced the proceeds of its latest auction earlier this month, and environmental advocates are calling on the state to make good on a promise to devote more than a third of New York’s share of the proceeds to low-income and disadvantaged communities which are disproportionately affected by climate change.
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NewsPlexus Media December 17, 2019

Cuomo's 5th 2020 proposal would prohibit single-use polystyrene packaging
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the fifth proposal of his 2020 State of the State Agenda — prohibiting the distribution and use of expanded polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, single-use food containers. The proposal would also ban the sale of expanded polystyrene packaging materials known as packing peanuts and authorize the State Department of Environmental Conservation to review and take action to limit or ban other packaging material upon a finding of environmental impact.
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NewsPlexus Media December 17, 2019

Cuomo’s 4th 2020 proposal would close rape intoxication loophole
Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the fourth proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda today — closing the rape intoxication loophole.
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NewsPlexus Media December 17, 2019

New real estate regulations announced
The New York State Real Estate Board approved new regulations this week to combat housing discrimination by requiring real estate professionals to ensure prospective home buyers, renters, sellers and landlords receive ample information about their rights and protections under New York state law.
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NewsPlexus Media December 16, 2019

DiNapoli: New York reserve funds not adequate for anticipated economic downturn
Despite a now decade-long economic expansion in the country, New York still lags behind other states when it comes to its rainy day reserves, according to a report released last week by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
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NewsPlexus Media December 16, 2019

Cuomo announces new administration appointments
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 15 new appointments to his administration.
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NewsPlexus Media December 16, 2019

Gov unveils two more proposals in his 2020 agenda
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the second and third proposals of his upcoming 2020 State of the State agenda — one banning fentanyl analogs and another mandating automatic manual recounts in close elections.
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