'We will fight for you': Harris tries to draw contrasts between Biden, Trump in New York union speech

BY Ryan Chatelain New York City

In a speech to union members Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris sought to highlight the differences between the Biden administration and former President Donald Trump.

The address at Unite Here’s constitutional convention in New York was an official vice presidential stop, but it strongly resembled a campaign speech.

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Builder selected to redevelop former Fishkill prison into housing, Hochul says

BY Spectrum News Staff East Fishkill

The real estate development company Conifer Realty, LLC has been selected to redevelop the former Downstate Correctional Facility in Dutchess County into nearly 1,300 units of housing and community space as part of a 10-year project that will create 200 construction jobs, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Friday.

Construction on the project, which was created through New York state's prison redevelopment process, is expected to start in January 2026 with 375 two-story duplexes and triplexes, at least 20% of which will be designated for households earning less than 80% percent of the area median income.

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New York state prisons violate solitary confinement rules, judge says

BY Associated Press New York State

New York’s state prison system has been holding inmates in solitary confinement for too long, in violation of state law, a state judge ruled this week.

State Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bryant said in a decision filed Thursday that the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision did not provide sufficient evidence to refute allegations that it has failed to follow the limits on solitary confinement enshrined in state law in 2021.

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N.Y. prosecutors urge judge to keep gag order blocking Trump from criticizing jurors who convicted him

BY Spectrum News Staff and Associated Press Manhattan
UPDATED 11:03 AM ET Jun. 21, 2024

Manhattan prosecutors are urging the judge overseeing Donald Trump’s criminal hush money case to uphold a gag order that bars the former president from criticizing jurors, court staff or members of the prosecution that convicted him.

They agreed that one provision of the gag order, which prevented Trump from attacking trial witnesses in the case, could be lifted.

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State educators call on Hochul to sign classroom heat bill into law

BY Brian Campbell New York State

A group of New York state educators is calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign a classroom heat bill into law, which would require that districts address heat conditions when classroom temperatures hit 82 degrees and vacate classrooms at 88 degrees.

New York State United Teachers, a labor union representing nearly 700,000 professionals who work in, or are retired from, New York’s schools, colleges and healthcare facilities, wants to see the proposed bill establish maximum temperatures in school buildings signed into law.

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U.S. education secretary visits Hudson Valley amid close congressional contest

BY Kate Lisa New York State

The U.S. secretary of education held a roundtable Thursday with college students in a competitive swing district in the Hudson Valley as Democrats fight to win back control of the U.S. House of Representatives this November.

Several state electeds joined U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona in Kingston and Poughkeepsie to learn about career and technical education programs and affordability to boost workforce development.

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Primary preview plus a potential mask ban for straphangers

BY Spectrum News Staff New York City

Next Tuesday is primary day here in New York City. There are three Congressional primaries and several primaries for State Senate and the Assembly. NY1 investigative reporter Courtney Gross, political reporter Bobby Cuza and Statehouse reporter Bernadette Hogan look at some of the more high-profile races including NY-16 in parts of the Bronx and Westchester — between Democrats George Latimer and the incumbent Jamaal Bowman. They also look at some down-ballot races which have been receiving less attention.

After that, in an about-face, Gov. Hochul is considering banning commuters from wearing face masks on mass transit. The possible move comes as there are increasing concerns that criminals are wearing masks while they commit crimes. The proposal immediately sparked controversy, and comes as the governor faces her lowest favorability and job approval ratings ever, according to a new Siena College poll. The "Off Topic" team discusses the proposed ban as well as Hochul’s plummeting poll numbers.

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New York state Sen. Liz Krueger: Congestion pricing pause 'was a shock'

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

In politics, a last-minute bombshell that drops before a November election is known as an "October surprise."

Here in Albany, just days before the end of the legislative session, Gov. Kathy Hochul dropped what one could call a June surprise as she announced an “indefinite pause” of the congestion pricing policy which was set to go into effect at the end of June in New York City.

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North Tonawanda residents urge DEC to reject crypto mining company application

BY Ryan Whalen North Tonawanda

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- Neighbors of the Digihost crypto mining operation in North Tonawanda said they are burdened by constant noise from the plant, similar to living next to a busy airport or Niagara Falls.

Resident Mark Polito said it keeps him, his guest and even pets from spending extended periods outside and is worse at night.

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Race for Congress in N.Y.: 4 races to watch in 2024 primaries

BY Spectrum News Staff New York State
UPDATED 3:08 PM ET Jun. 20, 2024

All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives are up for reelection in November, including the 26 in New York. Spectrum News political reporters will be providing updates throughout the campaign season on New York's congressional races.

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4 races to watch in New York 2024 primaries for Congress

BY Luke Parsnow New York State

The year 2022 was a wild one for New York’s delegation in the House of Representatives — a tumultuous redistricting process, delayed primary elections and four Democratic seats flipping to Republicans that ultimately helped them win their thin majority in the chamber in Washington.

The year 2024 has had its own level of distinction. Another set of congressional maps was submitted and approved, and two special House elections have already taken place — one to replace former Rep. George Santos after his historic ousting. And with House control up for grabs this fall, New York’s congressional races are back in the spotlight.

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More federal funding at risk amid congestion pricing pause

BY Samantha Liebman New York City
UPDATED 2:00 PM ET Jun. 20, 2024

On Tuesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul said the pause on congestion pricing does not mean the end of major projects for the MTA.

“I said we’re just looking at a pause. New Yorkers don’t need this right now,” Hochul said at an unrelated event. “Does not mean that we will not find funding for the Second Avenue subway or the wheelchair accessibility, all the ADA work that we’re going to be doing, all the signalization we’re doing, the Interboro Express. None of those stopped.”

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Karen DeWitt: Reflecting on a decades-long career covering New York politics

BY Spectrum News Staff New York City

Karen DeWitt has been covering the statehouse since 1986. She joined the press corps at a time when very few women were in the industry, and quickly became a trusted voice on New York public radio — covering multiple governors, budgets, scandals, a pandemic and more. Recently, she announced that she’d be retiring and stepping down from her role as Capitol Bureau chief for the New York Public News Network.

Dewitt joined NY1’s Errol Louis to discuss her long and storied career in journalism. They also touched on the many campaigns she has covered, if her retirement is indeed final and how Mario Cuomo influenced her to quit while she’s ahead.

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Poll: Hochul, Biden hit lowest favorability rating among New York voters; Strong majority support social media bills

BY Luke Parsnow New York State

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul hit her lowest favorability and job approval rating ever, according to a new Siena College poll of registered voters released Thursday morning.

The poll found Hochul’s favorability rating at 38-49%, down a little from 38-46% in May, and her job approval rating at 44-50%, down from 45-46%.

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New York business leaders knock preparation time for paid breast milk breaks

BY Kate Lisa New York State

State business leaders are concerned small employers will struggle to comply with a new state law that took effect Wednesday which mandates all breastfeeding workers receive additional paid breaks to express breast milk.

Lawmakers amended the state labor law in the last budget, which passed about two months ago, to require all New York employers, regardless of size, pay breastfeeding employees for 30-minute breaks to express breast milk at work up to three years after the birth of their child.

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Activists say New York lawmakers came up short on climate issues this session

BY Jack Arpey New York State

New York is working to meet ambitious goals when it comes to reducing emissions — those goals being set forth in New York’s 2019 Climate Act. Meeting them requires continuous progress that climate activists say is not moving fast enough.

Those activists say they were disappointed right out of the gate when they heard Gov. Kathy Hochul's State of The State address in January, and while there were some wins, they remained disappointed as the halls of the state Capitol emptied at the end of session two weeks ago.

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Commission set to study slavery reparations in New York

BY Tim Williams and Marisa Jacques New York State

Nearly 160 years ago, slaves in the last parts of the Confederacy were finally granted their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation.

The day would be known as Juneteenth, which was commemorated Wednesday with a recently minted federal holiday.

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Albany County district attorney faces primary challenge

BY Camille DeLongis Albany County
UPDATED 6:55 PM ET Jun. 19, 2024

Two Democrats are vying to win the primary for Albany County district attorney. Incumbent David Soares is seeking a sixth term in office, challenged by high-profile defense attorney and former U.S. Marine Lee Kindlon.

Soares’ platform is focused on restoring law and order to a community with one of the highest crime rates in upstate New York.

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New York commission report gives recommendations for supporting, uplifting Black community

BY Luke Parsnow New York State

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul released a final report from the state Commission on African American History recommending investments in areas of education, community, economic development and more in an effort to offer actions the state can take to counterbalance historic disparities with Black residents, the governor’s office said Wednesday.

The governor also announced $16 million to support the development and implementation of those recommendations.

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Report highlights disparities in heat-related deaths in NYC

BY Louis Finley New York City

A new report from New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is highlighting the disparities of heat-related deaths across the five boroughs.

Of the approximately 350 heat-related deaths per year across the city, Black New Yorkers have a higher likelihood of heat indirectly aggravating an underlying illness, like heart disease, according to the report.

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John Avlon, Nancy Goroff make their final pitches to voters in Long Island congressional race

BY Kevin Frey Washington, D.C.

Democrats in Suffolk County are poised to pick their nominee for Congress next week, as they try to unseat a one-term incumbent Republican.

The contest in New York’s 1st district, which stretches from Northport in the west to the Hamptons in the east, pits John Avlon, a familiar face on cable news, against the district’s former Democratic nominee, Nancy Goroff.

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Watch the full NY-22 Democratic debate

BY Capital Tonight Staff New York State

Click the video player above to watch the full Democratic debate between state Sen. John Mannion and DeWitt Town Councilor Sarah Klee Hood in the Democratic race for New York's 22nd Congressional District.

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Mannion, Klee Hood tout individual experience in Democratic debate for NY-22 seat

BY Luke Parsnow Central NY

Experience was the name of the game in Tuesday’s Democratic debate for New York's 22nd Congressional District seat between state Sen. John Mannion and DeWitt Town Councilor Sarah Klee Hood. For Mannion, it was about his time in the state Legislature and long tenure as a teacher. For Klee Hood, it was about her time in the Air Force and as a local politician and woman.

Both touted those experiences significantly in the debate hosted by Spectrum News 1 as both garner to be the one to take on Republican Rep. Brandon Williams in November in what is already one of the most closely watched House races in the country.

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New York's 'equal rights' constitutional amendment restored to ballot by appeals court

BY Associated Press New York State

A proposed amendment to New York’s constitution barring discrimination based on “gender identity” and “pregnancy outcomes” was restored to the November election ballot Tuesday by a state appeals court.

In a short decision, a panel of midlevel appellate judges overturned a May decision by an upstate judge to strike the proposed Equal Rights Amendment from the ballot.

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Schumer to bring bill restoring Roe to floor as Democrats set up next abortion messaging push

BY Maddie Gannon Washington, D.C.
UPDATED 6:39 PM ET Jun. 18, 2024

Democrats in Washington are setting off on their latest messaging push on reproductive rights, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., taking steps to set up a vote on a bill that calls for restoring Roe v. Wade.

It comes as Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is heading off on a multi-day tour to bring attention to the issue in states around the country, just days ahead of the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that overturned the constitutional right to an abortion -- and less than six months away from the 2024 election.

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Meeting the Democratic candidates for New York's 50th state Senate District

BY Melissa Krull Central NY

Chris Ryan and Tom Drumm are seeking the Democratic nomination in the race for New York's 50th state Senate District.

At just 22 years old, Tom Drumm was elected to the Oswego County Legislature. Now at 31, he’s proud of the three terms he served, having ascended in that time to minority leader, and the work he’s done in labor relations.

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New York's highest court declines to hear Trump gag order challenge

BY Justin Tasolides and Joseph Konig New York City
UPDATED 12:14 PM ET Jun. 18, 2024

New York's highest court declined to hear former President Donald Trump's challenge to the gag order in his criminal hush money case, leaving it in effect, according to a decision list posted on Tuesday.

The appeal was dismissed by the New York Court of Appeals "upon the ground that no substantial constitutional question is directly involved."

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Rochester Democrats battle it out in 137th state Assembly District primary

BY Seth Voorhees Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The incumbent and challenger in the 137th Assembly District Democratic primary both see Albany playing a key role in solving problems on the local level.

Demond Meeks is the incumbent in the 137th, which includes parts of Rochester and Gates. The former labor organizer first ran in 2020.

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How to watch the 22nd Congressional District Democratic primary debate

BY Spectrum News Staff New York State

Spectrum News 1 will open to viewers a debate between the Democratic primary candidates for the 22nd Congressional District on Tuesday between state Sen. John Mannion and DeWitt Town Council Sarah Klee Hood.

Now held by Republican Brandon Williams, Cook Political Report has named the seat one of the most vulnerable in the country, as redistricting seemingly shifted the seat left.

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AI a new focus of SUNY intern research programs

BY Kate Lisa Albany

Several State University of New York students have commenced a special kind of up-and-coming research they will continue through the summer and beyond: Using artificial intelligence in a variety of fields and how to do it ethically.

SUNY leaders and elected officials participated Monday in roundtable discussions with student researchers focused on AI across several industries and ideas about how to regulate the emerging technology.

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Port Richmond residents upset over new migrant shelter in house of worship

BY Victoria Manna Staten Island
UPDATED 8:37 PM ET Jun. 17, 2024

Some Port Richmond residents are furious after learning a migrant shelter is coming to their neighborhood.

“Port Richmond is really coming up. There’s been a lot of positive changes and this is something the community does not need right now,” Port Richmond resident Michele Kennedy said.

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N.Y. bill passed that would require credit card companies to create category codes for gun retailers

BY Jack Arpey New York State

A late session push resulted in the passage of a bill that would require credit card companies to assign a unique tracking code to gun and ammunition dealers in New York state.

The bill’s sponsors, state Sen. Zellnor Myrie and Assemblymember Michaelle Solages, say this is a way of tracking credit card purchases that are currently not well documented, while working to address gun crime.

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Mayor, City Council still hashing out final city budget

BY Kelly Mena New York City

The clock is ticking for the City Council and the mayor to come to a final budget deal.

Mayor Eric Adams made budget cuts going into the fiscal year in places like education, libraries and cultural institutions, arguing the city was facing a fiscal cliff due to the ending of federal COVID dollars and the ongoing migrant crisis.

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N.Y. School Boards executive director: Rockefeller Institute has been 'transparent' on Foundation Aid formula update

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

School districts across the state are in wait-and-see mode as the Rockefeller Institute prepares to release an update to the Foundation Aid formula by Dec. 1.

The formula, which is the primary mechanism which determines how much school districts receive in state aid, hasn’t seen a full update since 2007.

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NY-24 GOP primary is a battle over conservative credentials

BY Ryan Whalen Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In 2022, Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney defeated primary challenger Mario Fratto with 53% of the vote.

However, Fratto, who garnered 40% of the vote in a three-way competition and changed races following a redistricting lawsuit, believes he can do better this year.

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Hochul provides funding for specialized autism workforce

BY John Camera Dutchess County

Families caring for children with autism know it can be difficult to find a perfect fit when it comes to education. But New York state is putting some money toward assistance. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced funding Monday for a center that assists families who have kids with autism.

One parent discussed just how important this support is.

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State officials warn New Yorkers to prepare for extreme heat event

BY Adriana Loh Rochester
UPDATED 12:48 PM ET Jun. 17, 2024

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Upstate New York could be in for one of its hottest summers on record.

“It's certainly early in the season for us to see an extreme heat event,” Homeland Security and Emergency Services for the State of New York Commissioner Jackie Bray said. “Last year was the hottest year on record. We expect another really scorching year across the globe this year. And that's going to mean higher heat even in New York and even in upstate New York.”

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Key primary races to watch in Monroe County as early voting begins

BY Adriana Loh Rochester
UPDATED 2:18 PM ET Jun. 15, 2024

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Voters have begun to head for the polls as early voting kicks off this weekend.

“Early voting is absolutely wonderful,” Democratic commissioner Jackie Ortiz said. “It is probably one of the most convenient ways to be able to cast your ballot. I would encourage everyone to check the website. It is available for the next nine days, eight hours a day during that time frame. And so, you know, we always say there is absolutely a time and a place that should be able to work for you.”

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6 Albany County candidates for Assembly debate state and local issues

BY Dennis Yusko Albany

A half-dozen Albany County Democrats seeking to represent the 109th state Assembly District participated in a mostly congenial hourlong debate on Spectrum News 1 Friday that touched on the issues of housing, crime, how to replace the now-closed College of Saint Rose, ideas for I-787, the county DA race and more.

Participating were Albany Common Councilmember Owusu Anane, Albany Councilmember Gabriella Romero, Albany Councilmember and former chair of the County Democratic Committe Jack Flynn, Albany Common Council Majority Leader Ginnie Farrell and Albany County Legislators Dustin Reidy and Andrew Joyce.

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Gov. Hochul wrongly says Buffalo supermarket killer used a bump stock

BY Associated Press Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Around an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ban on bump stocks, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wrongly said a gunman who carried out a racist massacre in her hometown of Buffalo had used the gun accessory that can allow semiautomatic rifles to shoot as fast as a machine gun.

Hochul, a Democrat, made the error first in a statement emailed to media and posted on a state website Friday, then later in post on X that has since been deleted.

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How historic tax credits can help fund preservation across New York

BY Kevin Hayes City of Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — In the day and age we live in, we see development and revitalization through overhauls, but there's something to be said for keeping historic architecture and places intact.

"For every dollar that's given back through these tax programs, $4 is invested," said Preservation Buffalo Niagara's lead preservationist Brandon Kennedy.

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Hochul signs new boat inspection legislation after Lockport Caves tragedy

BY Luke Parsnow Lockport

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation into law that will require at least an annual inspection of any vessel operated on privately or publicly owned underground non-navigable waterways in response to an incident last year when a boat traveling through relatively shallow waters capsized during the Lockport Cave and Underground Tour.

It ensures the Cave Tour and any other that may be like it are under the purview of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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Bowman and Latimer clash in NY-16 debate live on NY1

BY Spectrum News Staff New York City

In a televised debate on NY1, Rep. Jamaal Bowman and his Democratic primary challenger, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, traded policy positions and sharp words just two days before the start of early voting. The Democratic primary in the 16th Congressional District is one of the more hotly contested primary races in our area. NY1 investigative reporter Courtney Gross, and political reporters Bobby Cuza and Ayana Harry, discussed the fiery debate and look at how the candidates differ on key policies.



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Albany County sheriff endorses Soares in DA primary

BY Spectrum News Staff Albany County

In a social media post early Friday morning, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple endorsed incumbent District Attorney David Soares in the upcoming Democratic primary.

Saying he's "shocked but disappointed in how personalities and politics is affecting public safety," while also criticizing bail reform in New York, Apple gave his support to Soares in the primary contest against defense attorney Lee Kindlon.

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6 Democrats to face off in 109th Assembly primary

BY Kate Lisa New York State

As the six Democratic candidates vying for the 109th Assembly seat prepare to debate Friday night, Assemblywoman Pat Fahy — who is leaving her post of 12 years to run for the state Senate — has thrown support behind Ginnie Farrell to replace her.

Fahy on Thursday announced she will vote for Farrell in New York's upcoming primary election June 25. Early voting begins Saturday.

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Reforming New York redistricting before the 2030 census

BY Tim Williams and Casey Bortnick New York State

In just a few days, New Yorkers will be headed to the polls to pick their party’s candidates for the November general election. But for some voters, they may be voting in a district that looks different from the one they voted in in 2022 or even 2020.

That’s because of a long drawn-out redistricting process which the state used for the first time after the 2020 census. Now that redistricting is in our rearview mirror, redistricting experts are gathering to dissect what went right and what went wrong with New York’s first foray into independent redistricting.

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Albany County executive backs Kindlon over Soares in DA primary

BY Spectrum News Staff Albany County

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy on Thursday endorsed defense attorney Lee Kindlon for Albany County district attorney.

McCoy pointed to what he said was financial mismanagement under Albany County District Attorney David Soares as one of reasons for the endorsement.

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Hochul: No timeline set to explore N.Y. face mask ban

BY Kate Lisa New York State

New York leaders will explore when to ban New Yorkers from wearing face coverings in the coming months to prevent hate crimes and aid law enforcement, but do not have a timeline to change the law, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday.

The governor is working with New York City leaders, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and lawmakers to study how to bar New Yorkers from wearing face masks in certain areas after masked subway riders committed a series of hate crimes targeting Jewish New Yorkers earlier this week.

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Fahy makes endorsement in 109th state Assembly race ahead of debate

BY Spectrum News Staff Albany

Among six Democrats signed up to debate for a state Assembly seat Friday on Spectrum News 1 is Ginnie Farrell, the Albany Common Council majority leader who on Thursday received the backing of the assemblymember they hope to succeed.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, who is running for state Senate, endorsed Farrell, who previously worked for Fahy, for the 109th Assembly District, saying in a statement that Farrell is ready to "hit the ground running on Day One.”

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Opponent criticizes Lander's push for congestion pricing

BY Erica Brosnan and Spectrum News NY1 New York City

City Comptroller Brad Lander's plan to push for a congestion pricing start date despite a recent halt by Gov. Kathy Hochul is drawing criticism from opponents of the program.

Lander has been at the forefront of a coalition made up of various advocacy groups aiming to pressure Hochul into allowing congestion pricing to launch as scheduled on June 30. Kathryn Freed, who represents New Yorkers Against Congestion Pricing Tax, aired grievances on “Mornings On 1” Thursday about Lander's legal rationale.

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Democratic candidates face off in NY-16 debate

BY Ayana Harry New York State

Two Democrats want to represent parts of the Bronx and Westchester in Congress for New York’s 16th Congressional District.

With just days before early voting starts in the race, Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Rep. Jamaal Bowman stood on the Spectrum News debate stage Wednesday night for an hourlong debate.

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Live blog: 16th Congressional District debate analysis

BY Spectrum News Staff New York State
UPDATED 8:12 PM ET Jun. 12, 2024

Rep. Jamaal Bowman and Westchester County Executive George Latimer are facing off in a primary debate for New York’s 16th Congressional District on Spectrum News.

Follow along with our political reporters on their live analysis of the debate.

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City comptroller, advocates explore legal action options over congestion pricing

BY Spectrum News Staff and Samantha Liebman New York City
UPDATED 6:20 PM ET Jun. 12, 2024

City Comptroller Brad Lander and a coalition of legal experts and potential plaintiffs will explore legal action options to implement congestion pricing “as planned,” Lander announced Wednesday at a news briefing.

The pushback comes a week after Gov. Kathy Hochul announced she was directing the MTA to indefinitely pause the first-in-the-nation program.

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Years later, nursing home deaths still taint Cuomo’s COVID legacy

BY Bernadette Hogan New York City

It was just four years ago, but it seems longer: then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided daily pandemic briefings for New Yorkers detailing New York’s response.

He held 111 often nationally televised, informational briefings about the state’s response starting in early March 2020. But Cuomo’s COVID legacy will also include how he handled deaths in nursing homes – a number that reached over 15,000.

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New York group looking to leverage economic potential of new arrivals

BY Jack Arpey New York State

With immigration setting the stage for political battles on the state and national level, one group of leaders is working to figure out how to best handle those who have arrived in New York in a bipartisan, non political way.

Those involved in the Ellis Island Initiative argue that can be done by recognizing their economic potential.

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Lawyers representing Buffalo mass shooter file motions to dismiss federal case

BY Associated Press City of Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The gunman who killed 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket should be exempt from the death penalty because he was 18 at the time of the attack, an age when the brain is still developing and more vulnerable to negative influences, his defense team said in a new court filing.

The science of brain development has advanced since a 2005 Supreme Court ruling that said executing people under 18 years old was unconstitutional, Payton Gendron's lawyers wrote. They cited newer research that indicates the brain may continue to develop into the early 20s.

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Rep. Marc Molinaro wants House hearing on NYC congestion pricing pause

BY Luke Parsnow New York State

U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro requested the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold a field hearing in New York to address Gov. Kathy Hochul’s decision to pause congestion pricing, according to a letter from the congressman on Tuesday.

Hochul cited affordability concerns that are a top issue for New York voters for her surprise announcement to delay the implementation of New York City's congestion pricing plan last week. Hochul’s plan dropped on the day before what should be the scheduled end of the 2024 legislative session, leaving some frustrated.

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New York dairy farmers to get $21M for manure management

BY Emily Kenny, Report for America corps member Central NY

New York dairy farmers will get $21 million to implement on-farm projects to protect water quality and mitigate the impacts of climate change, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office said Tuesday.

The funding will help CAFO-permitted farmers to help offset some of the cost of implementing projects for better manure management systems that reduce carbon and preserve nutrients used as fertilizer on fields. It can also fund precision feed management programs that reduce methane emissions.

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Manhattan DA Bragg, Trump prosecutor Colangelo set to appear before Congress in July

BY Spectrum News Staff and Associated Press New York City

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is scheduled to testify before Congress on July 12, a day after former President Donald Trump's sentencing in his hush money trial, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to The Associated Press.

Bragg is set to appear before the House Select Committee on weaponization alongside Michael Colangelo, the former high-ranking Justice Department official hired by Bragg in 2022 to lead the Trump investigation.

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New York launches 'Mobile ID' that can be used at some airports, businesses

BY Luke Parsnow New York State

The New York state Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a digital version of a state-issued driver license, learner permit or ID on a smart phone known as Mobile ID that can be used at several airports throughout the country and at any other business, venue or organization that chooses to accept it, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office announced Tuesday.

Mobile ID can be used by both iOS and Android users who has a valid, state-issued driver license, learner permit or non-driver ID. They can download the secure Mobile ID app through Google Play or the App Store.

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Rental registry bill passes in final hours of legislative session

BY Jack Arpey New York State

A bill to regulate short-term rentals in New York, a billion-dollar industry in the state outside of New York City, is headed to Gov. Kathy Hochul's desk for her signature.

It would require property owners to register their short-term rentals with the NYS Department of State every two years while allowing municipalities to collect sales and occupancy tax on short-term rentals.

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Why reform of New York's bottle deposit system failed this session

BY Kate Lisa New York State

Senate leaders refused to advance legislation this session to reform New York state's bottle deposit system as state Democrats avoided proposals they fear would fuel voters' concerns about the party's impact on high inflation and rising costs ahead of upcoming elections.

Lawmakers did not vote on legislation to update the state's Returnable Container Act, including doubling the state's bottle deposit from 5 to 10 cents, expanding which containers can be recycled and increasing the long-standing 3.5-cent handling fee for redemption centers. The state's container deposit laws were last updated in 2009 to allow plastic water bottles to be returned for a deposit.

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Analyst on Hochul’s congestion pricing decision: 'Right action; wrong time'

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

The legislative session is over, but lawmakers left a cliffhanger for New Yorkers: How they will pay for a gaping hole in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s budget now that Gov. Kathy Hochul put congestion pricing on hold.

“I think many people were surprised,” Shontell Smith told Capital Tonight. Smith is a partner at Tusk Strategies and former chief of staff to state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins. “I believe that it was courageous of her to suspend congestion pricing; I know I [don’t] have…the common view on this. But I think that [it was the] right action, wrong time.”

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Donald Trump completes mandatory presentencing interview after less than 30 minutes of questioning

BY Spectrum News Staff and Associated Press New York City
UPDATED 6:09 PM ET Jun. 10, 2024

Donald Trump's mandatory presentencing interview Monday ended after less than a half-hour of routine and uneventful questions and answers, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.

The former president was quizzed by a New York City probation officer for a report that will be compiled and presented to trial judge Juan M. Merchan prior to Trump's July 11 sentencing in his hush money criminal case.

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Students in New York may no longer have to pass Regents exams to graduate

BY Brianne Roesser New York State

A 159-year-old tradition may be coming to an end for high school students in New York state.

Regents exams have been administered since 1865 and the graduation of a student hinges on passing them. On Monday, the New York State Department of Education’s Board of Regents shared their vision to transform the track to graduation.

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New legislation aims to help grape growers after April freeze destroys crops

BY Mark Goshgarian Fredonia

FREDONIA, N.Y. — Crews at Double A Vineyards in Fredonia, Chautauqua County, are planting a new trial variety of grapes developed from Cornell University's grapevine breeding program in 2015.

"So, we're going to put four or five short rows in here to evaluate it," said Dennis Rak, owner of Double A Vineyards.

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N.Y. Assembly asks court to prohibit public hearing in Pat Burke sexual harassment complaint

BY Ryan Whalen Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The New York state Assembly is asking the courts to prohibit the state Division of Human Rights from holding a public hearing or any other further proceedings with regards to sexual harassment claims a former staffer has brought against state Assemblyman Pat Burke, D-Buffalo, as long as the Assembly continues to be named as a co-respondent in the claim.

Burke's former staffer, Nicole Golias, originally filed the claim in April 2023, alleging Burke subjected her to sexual harassment and created a hostile work environment by using inappropriate sexual language and behavior. Among them, she claimed he made comments about his son's sexual encounters after viewing "video tapes" and claimed it did not matter if the women were of legal age of consent.

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Hochul appoints new leadership to N.Y. state Office of Cannabis Management after assessment

BY Luke Parsnow New York State

Gov. Kathy Hochul made three new leadership appointments to the New York Office of Cannabis Management, her office said Monday, following an assessment of the office targeted to find opportunities for improvement amid the legal cannabis rollout.

Among the appointments is Felicia A. B. Reid as the executive deputy director and acting executive director. A nationwide search is underway for a permanent executive director and Hochul said the governor’s office will work with an experienced recruitment firm to identify qualified candidates from across the state and the country.

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Bill would rename Greenwich Village subway stop after Stonewall Inn

BY Associated Press Manhattan

A New York City subway station would be renamed to commemorate the Stonewall riots that galvanized the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, under legislation approved by state lawmakers as they wrapped up their session this month.

The state Legislature approved a bill Wednesday directing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to change the name of the Christopher Street-Sheridan Square subway station in Greenwich Village to the Christopher Street-Stonewall National Monument Station.

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Parents react to legislation aimed at restricting social media use

BY Noorulain Khawaja New York City

As part of a push to safeguard young people’s mental health, state lawmakers voted Friday on two bills aimed at restricting social media use. Both bills now head to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s desk.

“We need all the help we can get,” Jocelynn Cheng said. The help would be for parents like Cheng, who has three teenagers aged 13, 15 and 17 at home. Cheng said she worries about her children’s social media use.

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State lawmakers do not vote on MTA funding after congestion pricing pause

BY Spectrum News Staff Albany
UPDATED 2:18 PM ET Jun. 08, 2024

The legislative session in Albany ended Friday with lawmakers unable to reach an agreement on MTA funding after Gov. Kathy Hochul put an indefinite "pause" on congestion pricing as a funding source for the agency earlier this week.

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins told reporters Friday night that lawmakers can figure out a plan at a future date.

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New federal job numbers shine light on state of the economy

BY Tim Williams Albany
UPDATED 9:30 PM ET Jun. 07, 2024

With the first Friday of the month comes the latest set of job numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Russell Weaver, an economic geographer at Cornell University, told Spectrum News 1 that this jobs report, which showed an increase of 272,000 jobs – more than the 180,000 predicted – there could be signs of “economic distress” and a mismatch between employers and household figures.

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