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The role the AG's report plays in ending sexual harassment in Albany

BY Susan Arbetter City of Albany

Two advocates for stronger laws against sexual harassment joined Capital Tonight to discuss the blockbuster report released on Tuesday by Attorney General Letitia James that concluded Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women.

Erica Vladimer, a co-founder of the Sexual Harassment Working Group (SHWG) told Capital Tonight that she was not surprised by anything that emerged from the report, or the over 170 witness statements detailed in it.

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Rochester area leaders speak out in wake of AG's Cuomo report

BY Spectrum News Staff Rochester
UPDATED 5:18 PM ET Aug. 03, 2021

After months of investigating sexual harassment allegations by several women against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday morning that her office has concluded that the governor "sexually harassed multiple women" and violated federal and state law.

James released those findings following a four-month probe into allegations against the governor from current and former state employees, as well as other women outside of state government.

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How NY AG's investigation into Cuomo could assist impeachment investigators

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

The New York state attorney general’s investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo could be in its final stages, despite contract extensions being drawn up for investigators.

Sources tell The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times that the attorney general’s investigation could be wrapped up before the end of the summer.

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NY AG's office to extend Cuomo investigators' contracts to December

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

The New York Attorney General’s office will be extending its contracts with two outside firms investigating sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo until late December, according to several sources familiar with the matter.

The contracts for the firms were originally set to expire on September 6, but final documentation is being drawn up to extend the agreement, sources say.

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Cuomo again questions integrity of AG's sexual harassment investigation

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday continued to question the integrity of Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into the numerous sexual harassment allegations that have been lodged against him.

“I have concerns as to the independence of the reviewers,” Cuomo said at a press conference. “That's what I've said. And is this all happening in a political system? Yes, that is undeniable.”

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Cuomo says nursing home probe was political and 'cruel'

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The civil rights inquiry into publicly run nursing homes in New York and other Democratic-led states in the country was a politically motivated exercise that was part of the "political hyperbole," Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday charged.

The Department of Justice on Friday in a letter to Republican Rep. Steve Scalise indicated it had dropped the civil rights inquiry after officials last year requested nursing home data from several states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

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Cuomo announces 'streamlined' process for rent relief

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A new application process for the state's rent relief program will relax documentation requirements for tenants and landlords in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

The state has also set the goal of being current for all pending verified applications by the end of August, when New York's moratorium on pandemic-related evictions is set to expire.

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Heastie urges patience for Assembly's Cuomo impeachment investigation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The New York state Assembly's impeachment investigation into multiple controversies dogging Gov. Andrew Cuomo this year should be given the same level patience and "deference" afforded to separate probes facing the administration, Speaker Carl Heastie on Friday said.

The Assembly's impeachment inquiry, being conducted by the chamber's Judiciary Committee, is one of several investigations facing the governor this year, but one that could ultimately determine whether he concludes his third term next year.

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Cuomo administration lawyer calls lawmaker's warning about criticizing AG 'unreasonable'

BY Ryan Whalen New York State
UPDATED 7:18 PM ET Jul. 22, 2021

ALBANY, N.Y. — The head of the New York Assembly Judiciary Committee, Charles Lavine, warned Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a letter Wednesday that a tweet by spokesperson Rich Azzopardi suggesting Attorney General Tish James may be looking to run against the governor and undermine her investigation into his office could amount to witness suppression.

Here’s the full letter from Assemblyman Lavine re: public comments on AG James by Gov. Cuomo’s communications director pic.twitter.com/IAQQEwO7dQ

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Top lawmaker in Cuomo impeachment investigation warns against criticizing Attorney General James

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The top lawmaker overseeing the New York Assembly's impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a letter Wednesday warned against criticizing Attorney General Letitia James' separate probe of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, and that doing so could have "severe repercussions" for the governor.

The letter comes after multiple instances of a top communications adviser to Cuomo has publicly suggested James' investigation is politically motivated and that she intends to run for governor herself in 2022, though James has given no public indication that she plans to do so.

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Could Cuomo sexual harassment investigation be entering final stages?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, has wanted to tell his side of the story.

On Saturday, he was expected to get a chance to do so and meet with investigators, although no confirmation was given by representatives for Cuomo or the attorney general’s office.

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Sources: Cuomo to be interviewed in sexual harassment investigation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 6:09 PM ET Jul. 15, 2021

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday will be interviewed by investigators who are probing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct leveled against him by multiple women, sources tell Spectrum News.

The interview, to be conducted in Albany, and first reported by The New York Times, comes after officials in the administration have also been questioned by investigators Joon Kim and Anne Clark in recent weeks.

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Book claims Trump feared a Cuomo presidential run

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country and upended the race for the White House, then-President Donald Trump received word national Democrats wanted Joe Biden weakened enough so they could replace him with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the presidential ticket.

Trump's source, according to journalist Michael Wolff's forthcoming book "Landslide," was Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

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Siena poll: New Yorkers mixed on Cuomo's political future

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A plurality of New York voters believe the state Assembly should not impeach Gov. Andrew Cuomo, while 35% would support an effort to remove him from office amid a range of controversies facing him this year, a Siena College poll released on Thursday found.

At the same time, New York voters are mixed when presented with the options for Cuomo's political future. Most want Cuomo to remain in office and finish his term, but the strongest preference is for him to not seek another four years for the post he's held for the last decade.

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Labor and business leaders attend Cuomo fundraiser

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Prominent leaders in the labor movement, business community and politics on Tuesday attended Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $10,000-a-ticket fundraiser in New York City as he faces multiple controversies and calls for his resignation from elected officials in New York.

The crowd at the fundraiser included more than 170 people, according to a person familiar with the event -- underscoring the institutional support Cuomo continues to draw from longtime supporters as he has given every indication he will run for a fourth term in 2022.

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GOP questions private infrastructure meeting with Democrats at Governor's Mansion

BY Ryan Whalen Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Every Democrat in the state Legislature's Western New York delegation ate dinner at the Governor's Mansion on June 1 and discussed priority projects should the state get an expected major influx of federal money.

According to a Buffalo News report, attention apparently shifted away from long-standing conversations to tear down the Buffalo Skyway as legislators expressed more interest in other projects, including transforming sections of the Kensington and Scajaquada expressways.

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As New York reopens, Cuomo focuses on what's next

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's economy ground to a virtual halt in the last year. And for working class New Yorkers, the COVID-19 recession hit them especially hard. Tourism and hospitality work dried up. Construction jobs evaporated.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the lifting of New York's final pandemic-related restrictions as 70% of New York adults have received at least one shot of a COVID vaccine. And Cuomo framed the day as a look-ahead for what's next in New York's economy.

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Bill banning coal tar-based sealants heads to Cuomo's desk

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

State lawmakers this month advanced a bill that would enact a statewide ban on the use of coal tar-based sealant products commonly used for driveways and parking lots.

At issue is the chemcials found in the sealcoats, including concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are considered toxic to aquatic life and lawmakers say are cancer-linked.

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NY lawmakers look to a potential impeachment future

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

State lawmakers will conclude the 2021 legislative session on Thursday with a lot of the same questions most of state Capitol's denizens have been asking for the last several weeks.

When will Attorney General Letitia James release her report on the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Governor Cuomo? What direction will the federal government's investigation into nursing home deaths take? Will the governor face impeachment?

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Legislature to set aside funding for potential Cuomo impeachment

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

State lawmakers in the final days of the scheduled legislative session are set to approve funding for a potential impeachment proceeding against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The top leaders in the state Senate and Assembly on Saturday quietly introduced a bill that would allow lawmakers to dip into a $156.9 million fund used to pay for lawsuits against the state to help cover costs associated with an impeachment proceeding.

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Assembly impeachment investigation into Cuomo moving slowly

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

The impeachment investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo is proceeding, but investigators are in no rush.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee provided its third update on where things stand with the investigation, which was launched almost three months ago.

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Cuomo calls state watchdog ethics panel JCOPE 'meaningless'

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the state’s watchdog ethics panel “meaningless” on Wednesday, following an attempt by the State Senate to pass legislation overhauling the agency.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, was created by Cuomo in his first term in office but has long been criticized by both sides of the aisle for its lack of transparency and its close ties to the governor.

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State Senate moves to strengthen sexual harassment laws

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces down numerous sexual harassment allegations, the New York State Senate passed five bills that would strengthen protections for employees who have been sexually harassed in the workplace.

One bill would make the state and all public employers subject to the Human Rights Law. This means that if legislative or judicial staff report a violation, there will not be retaliation.

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Analysis: Is Cuomo treading water, or has he stabilized?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

It is now five months into a year of controversy and scandal for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York voters remain mixed on whether he should stay in office. They are largely happy with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but most believe he committed sexual harassment and are skeptical that he has been totally forthcoming with nursing home fatalities during the pandemic.

That's the broad strokes of the Siena College poll released Monday morning, which shows, with a 4 percentage-point margin of error thrown in, that roughly half of voters do not want him to resign.

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Siena poll: 49% of voters do not support Cuomo resignation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A plurality of voters in New York do not think Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign from office as he faces a barrage of controversies over the last five months, a Siena College poll released on Monday found.

The poll shows 49% of voters do not support the governor's resignation; 41% of those surveyed do. Last month, the same poll found 51% of do not support Cuomo's resignation; 37% at the time did.

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Cuomo calls reporter questions on book deal 'stupid and offensive'

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back against criticism on his $5.1 million book deal, calling a reporter’s questions “stupid and offensive.”

“The allegations out that you made this money on the backs of dead New Yorkers: How do you respond to that?” a reporter asked the governor during his press briefing in Buffalo.

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Tax returns show Cuomo's pandemic book deal worth $5.1 million

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 8:19 PM ET May. 17, 2021

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's deal to write a book last year about the COVID-19 pandemic was worth $5.1 million, the governor's office revealed on Monday.

His 2020 tax returns made available for public inspection on Monday show Crown Publishing paid Cuomo $3.1 million last year as the first of several installments.

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Cuomo says harassment allegations 'distorted' by the media

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday the allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct and inappropriate behavior have been "distorted" by the media and he vowed to tell his side "when the time is right."

Multiple women have accused Cuomo of harassing or inappropriate behavior over the last several months, and Attorney General Letitia James's office has hired two outside investigators to conduct a probe of the allegations.

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Cuomo: 'Feeling uncomfortable' is not harassment

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is facing allegations of inappropriate conduct from multiple women, said on Thursday that “feeling uncomfortable” is not harassment.

His remarks came after being questioned at a news conference about why he apologized for his behavior while maintaining he did nothing wrong.

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Some question if Assembly probe of Cuomo is 'window dressing'

BY Morgan McKay Albany/Capital Region

Mounting criticism over what some are calling a “stalled” investigation is starting to rise to the surface in Albany.

Over two months ago, the Assembly launched an impeachment investigation into the numerous scandals facing Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Republicans press for Assembly impeachment investigation into Cuomo to move quicker

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

The Assembly impeachment investigation into the numerous allegations facing Governor Andrew Cuomo was launched two months ago on March 11.

Since then, the Assembly Judiciary Committee, which is leading the impeachment investigation, has met two times, but without another meeting scheduled, Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay pressed the committee to move “expeditiously.”

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Cuomo: Tourism needs to recover to bring back New York

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's tourism industry needs to make a comeback to get the state's economy moving again. But first, New Yorkers and tourists alike need to feel safe, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said at a news conference.

"We need to get tourists back for those hotels, for those restaurants, for Broadway," Cuomo said. "That's a big engine for the economy. They're not going to come back unless it's safe."

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Cuomo impeachable? He thinks question is moot

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Democrats in the state Assembly are moving forward with an impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo that has drawn in virtually every controversy he has faced since the start of the new year.

But what constitutes impeachment in New York is an undefined concept in the state's constitution. Unlike the U.S. Constitution, there are no "high crimes and misdemeanors" for impeachment in New York.

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Capacity limits for outdoor stadiums and venues expanding May 19

BY Spectrum News Staff New York City

New York state capacity limits at stadiums will expand May 19, allowing vaccinated spectators to sit together.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday in New York City, flanked by executives from both the New York Yankees and New York Mets. He said that, come May 19 at baseball stadiums like Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, there can be sections of vaccinated people sitting together, though still wearing masks. Those who are not yet vaccinated will be able to attend, but socially distanced and in different sections.

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Cuomo: 'I did nothing wrong'

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday continued to insist he had done nothing wrong amid a cascade of investigations stemming from allegations of sexual harassment, the disclosure of nursing home fatalities during the pandemic and other controversies that have engulfed the third year of his third term.

And Cuomo also insisted Monday that, as these investigations threaten his future in elected office, he will not step down.

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Cuomo says he wants to tell his side of sexual harassment story

BY Nick Reisman and Ryan Whalen New York State
UPDATED 7:08 PM ET Apr. 29, 2021

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior and an allegation of sexual assault, said Thursday he is yet to have his side of the story told.

Cuomo has said repeatedly he has done nothing wrong, though apologized if any jokes made in the workplace were inappropriate. On Thursday, Cuomo said it was unfair the women who have accused him of misconduct have had their allegations made in the media.

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Senate investigations panel pursues Cuomo bridge probe

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The top Democrat on the state Senate's investigations committee on Monday said lawmakers have issued information and document requests to the builders of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project amid concerns over the construction of the new span.

The document request, made Friday, comes amid concerns over the construction of the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge crossing the Hudson River, connecting Westchester and Rockland counties.

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Lawmakers urge final approval of COVID-19 workplace safety measure

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Advocates and lawmakers who backed a measure that would require safety protocols in the workplace to prevent the spread of COVID-19 urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday to give it final approval once it reaches his desk.

“As a nurse, I know how hard this last year has been for those working on the frontlines of the pandemic – worried about their health, the health of those around them and whether their work environment was a safe one," said Assemblywoman Karines Reyes, the measure's sponsor in the state Assembly. "We need to ensure that corporations, who have made billions during this pandemic provide adequate protections to their employees and frontline workers."

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What to watch for as the Assembly discusses Cuomo impeachment probe

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The Democratic-led Assembly impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is moving forward later today as the Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet.

The meeting is an anticipated one given the growing number of controversies the panel is reviewing, ranging from allegations of sexual harassment leveled against the governor, reports of construction problems with the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, an alleged under counting of where nursing home residents died during the pandemic and, more recently, the circumstances surrounding a reported $4 million book deal for the governor.

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Cuomo calls Zoom press conferences an 'effective medium'

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The Zoom-based news conferences with Gov. Andrew Cuomo are likely to stay for a while, as the governor on Monday called the format an "effective medium" for communicating with New Yorkers.

But the arrangement of the governor's staff selecting the questioners in the press and the reporters themselves physically kept out of the room has drawn concerns from media organizations as the controversies facing Cuomo continue to mount.

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Analysis: Cuomo continues to draw support for handling pandemic amid storm of controversies

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A majority of New York voters do not want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign. An even bigger majority believe he continues to provide solid leadership overall on the COVID-19 pandemic, though they are skeptical of how he handled nursing home data.

But a growing number of voters in New York hold an increasingly unfavorable view of the governor and, according to a Siena College poll released this week, more voters believe he committed sexual harassment. The new numbers underscore how Cuomo's problems this year are seeping into the minds of voters.

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Comptroller DiNapoli requests AG James investigate Cuomo's book deal

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 4:35 PM ET Apr. 19, 2021

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli last week requested Attorney General Letitia James launch an investigation into whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo used state resources when writing his book about the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

The letter from DiNapoli to James grants her office the authority to investigate the circumstances surrounding the book's development, editing and promotion and whether any government resources were used.

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Siena poll: Most New York voters hold unfavorable view of Cuomo amid controversies

BY Nick Reisman and Spectrum News Staff City of Albany
UPDATED 4:31 PM ET Apr. 19, 2021

More than half of New York voters have a negative view of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, even as a similar majority do not believe he should resign from the office in the wake of myriad controversies he is facing, a Siena College poll released Monday morning found.

The poll shows Cuomo's favorable rating with voters in New York is now at 40%, with 52% holding a negative view of him. That's a decline from 43% to 45% split in March, and a drop from 56% to 39% in February.

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Leading Democrat provides Cuomo impeachment update

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The Democratic lawmaker leading the state Assembly's impeachment investigation on Friday said Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration was formally told to not retaliate against potential witnesses in the case and to preserve documents.

The lawmaker, Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine, also confirmed the investigation is reviewing "reports relating to the publishing of the governor's memoir last year" in addition to allegations of sexual harassment, COVID-19 reporting in nursing homes and reported defects on the construction of the Mario Cuomo Bridge.

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Zeldin's Entry Marks Early Start to Governor's Race

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin's announcement on Thursday launching his campaign for governor marks an unusually early — and unofficial — start for the 2022 election season.

Hours after Zeldin's announcement, North Rep. Elise Stefanik's political team issued its own statement not ruling out a run for her as well.

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Cuomo Says He Had No 'Intimate' Oversight of COVID Testing

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

People who visited Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic would be tested for the virus, the governor said Wednesday, responding for the first time to reports his family members had access when supplies were scarce.

But at the same time, Cuomo said he was not deeply involved at that level of testing for COVID.

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Assembly Impeachment Probe Launches Hotline

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The Assembly impeachment investigation on Thursday announced it had launched a hotline for people to report information relevant to the probe of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration.

The impeachment investigation also has an email for reporting information. Both the number, (212) 450-3600, and the email address, NY.Assembly.Investigation@davispolk.com, are through the law firm hired to aid with the investigation, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

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Ethics Complaint Filed Over Cuomo Book Promotion

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A national good-government organization on Thursday filed an ethics complaint over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's promotion of his book about the pandemic last year, pointing to the use of his re-election campaign resources to sell the book.

The complaint notes Cuomo's re-election committee promoting the book through his email list when it was first released last October.

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Cuomo Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill Into Law

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A bill legalizing marijuana and cannabis products in New York was signed into law on Wednesday morning by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, cementing a milestone victory for advocates who had sought the measure over the last several years.

The measure will usher in what is expected to be multi-billion market in the coming years and makes New York the latest state to legalize adult-use marijuana for those over the age of 21. Fifteen other states have approved similar adult-use laws.

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Ortt Calls for JCOPE Probe of Cuomo COVID Testing Controversy

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The top Republican in the state Senate on Friday urged New York's ethics enforcement agency to investigation allegations state resources were used to test members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's family and those close to him in the early days of the pandemic last year.

“It does not take a stretch of the imagination to see a clear connection between Governor Cuomo using his official position as the head of state government and the unwarranted privileges provided to his own family members and close associates," Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt wrote in the letter to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. "Obviously, while these actions would be egregious during normal times, they are particularly unconscionable because they occurred early on during the pandemic, at a time when testing was in short supply and high demand."

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Cuomo: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Lowest Since Post- Holiday Peak

BY Hayley Foran New York State

Hospitalizations for the coronavirus in New York State are the lowest they've been since December 4, according to a press release from Governor Cuomo's office on Sunday. There has been a 53% drop since the holiday peak, down to 4,355.

At present, 890 patients are in the ICU and 572 are intubated. As of Saturday, 54 new deaths were recorded.

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Report: Second Current Aide Makes Harassment Claim Against Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 6:17 PM ET Mar. 19, 2021

An aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo has become the latest person to accuse him of sexual harassment, alleging a pattern of inappropriate behavior, including comments about her looks, questions about her personal life and "ogling her body," The New York Times reported on Friday.

The allegations in the Times from Alyssa McGrath are the latest in a series of harassment claims leveled against the governor, which has drawn bipartisan calls for his resignation.

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Analysis: Cuomo's 3-Part Survival Plan

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo has insisted he won't resign. And right now one of the surest ways to remain in office amid allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior is relatively simple: Just hang in there.

But as calls for his resignation have grown from Democrats in the state Legislature and from virtually the entire New York congressional delegation, Cuomo has settled into what appears to be, roughly, a three-part plan for survival.

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Health Care Union Boosts Pressure for Nursing Home Protections

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The health care union 1199SEIU on Thursday is set to release a new ad highlighting the labor group's push for nursing home protections as the state budget season comes to a head in Albany.

The ad from the politically powerful union highlights a push for measures meant to boost staffing levels in nursing homes, which have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Law Firm Leading Cuomo Impeachment Investigation Draws Criticism

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

The New York State Assembly announced Wednesday that they have hired an outside law firm to lead the impeachment investigation into the numerous allegations facing Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell, is already drawing criticism, however, since the firm has ties to state Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, a Cuomo appointee.

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Citing Investigations, Cuomo Won't Comment on Harassment Allegations

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, days after investigations were officially announced by the state attorney general and the Democratic-led state Assembly, said on Wednesday he will no longer comment about the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by seven women.

“I’m going to respect the review and I won’t comment on it or related matters,” Cuomo said in a conference call with reporters when asked about several of the specific allegations raised by former aide Charlotte Bennett, who alleges he asked about her sex life.

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Siena Poll: Half of Voters Do Not Think Cuomo Should Resign

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Half of voters in New York do not think embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign amid a barrage of sexual harassment allegations, while a plurality of voters believe he can continue to do an effective job as governor, a Siena College poll released Monday morning found.

The poll comes as Cuomo is fighting to remain in office amid bipartisan calls for his resignation and the start of an impeachment investigation by the Democratic-led Assembly.

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Cuomo Retains Crucial Backing in Fight to Stay

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

There's a story Gov. Andrew Cuomo has often told over the years that is meant to highlight the humbling of those in power: When his father was moving into the Executive Mansion in Albany, the younger Cuomo saw outgoing Gov. Hugh Carey himself juggling with some moving boxes while walking down the staircase.

The lesson Cuomo drew from this: When it's over, it's really over.

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Cuomo Says Elected Officials "Bowing" to "Cancel Culture" in Resignation Calls

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A defiant Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued to insist on Friday he would not resign, denied the allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior leveled against him and knocked the elected officials who have called on him to step down, saying in a conference call they are "bowing" to a "cancel culture" without knowing the facts.

"Women have a right to come forward and be heard and I encourage that fully," Cuomo said. "But I also want to be clear there's a question of the truth."

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NY House Democrats, Including Ocasio-Cortez, Call for Cuomo Resignation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A cascade of Democratic members of Congress who represent New York in Washington on Friday called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign amid allegations from a half dozen women he sexually harassed them or engaged in inappropriate behavior.

The calls for Cuomo to step down include influential members like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Queens progressive released a joint statement with Rep. Jamaal Bowman, who pointed to the dozens of Democrats in the state Senate and Assembly who have also called for Cuomo to resign.

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Top Assembly Republican: Don't Drag Out Impeachment Investigation

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay is urging the Assembly Committee on Judiciary to move quickly on the impeachment investigation reviewing alleged misconduct by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“The Committee on Judiciary’s investigation cannot be used as a mechanism to buy more time,” Barclay wrote. “We have a budget to develop, a public health crisis to deal with, and the state’s economic recovery to advance.

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Q&A: How Does Impeachment Work in New York?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The Democratic-controlled state Assembly on Thursday moved to authorize the Assembly Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment investigation as Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment and scrutiny over his administration's handling of nursing home deaths in New York.

But how would impeachment work in New York if it comes to that? Here's a question and answer below.

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Democratic Calls Mount for Cuomo to Go Amid Latest Allegation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's impeachment on Wednesday continued, as Queens Democratic Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas called for his removal as new reported details emerge of sexual harassment complaints made against him.

"I’ve had enough," González-Rojas wrote on Twitter last night in response. "Cuomo must be impeached."

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As Calls for Cuomo Resignation Rise, Some Still Prefer the Waiting Game

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

There are now reportedly six sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo and the number of lawmakers calling on Cuomo to resign continues to grow.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins over the weekend issued a powerful statement, saying that it was time for the governor to step aside for the good of New York.

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Fighting for Political Life, Cuomo Retains His Defenders

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Last month, as specific sexual harassment allegations began to be leveled against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a longtime supporter of his family sent out an essay entitled, "Our Extraordinary Governor."

The brief essay by William O'Shaughnessy, the owner of a local radio station in Westchester County, heaped lavish praise on the governor, noting he purchased 200 copies of Cuomo's book about the pandemic.

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Hochul Places Trust in AG's Investigation of Cuomo Harassment Allegations

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 1:35 PM ET Mar. 09, 2021

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in a statement on Tuesday said she trusts the investigation being overseen by former federal prosecutor Joon Kim and employment attorney Anne Clark into allegations facing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

"With yesterday’s announcement launching the independent investigation led by Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark, I am confident everyone’s voice will be heard and taken seriously," Hochul said. "I trust the inquiry to be completed as thoroughly and expeditiously as possible. New Yorkers should be confident that through this process they will soon learn the facts."

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Assembly GOP Presses Impeachment of Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he won't voluntarily leave office as crises engulfing his administration — including allegations by multiple women of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, as well as scruinty over his handling of nursing home deaths during the pandemic — continue to mount.

"There is no way I resign," he said Sunday in a conference call. "Let's do the attorney general's investigation and let's go from there."

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Democratic Women: Wait for AG's Investigation to Unfold

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

More than a dozen women in the state Assembly on Monday called for Attorney General Letitia James to be given "the appropriate time" to conduct an investigation of allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior leveled against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The statement comes amid growing calls for Cuomo to step down from the governor's office and as some Democrats begin open talk of impeaching him if he does not resign.

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Cuomo Urges People of Color to Get Vaccinated

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Facing growing calls for his resignation or impeachment in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday left town for a tour of a mass vaccination site in New York City.

Cuomo, appearing at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, was flanked by Black clergy members and state officials, urging people of color to get their vaccines and boost participation.

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Why Some Say Cuomo's Impeachment Should Be on the Table

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The top Democrats in the state Senate think Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie questioned whether the governor can remain in office.

But Cuomo has indicated hours before those blockbuster statements on Sunday that there is no way he'll be leaving office voluntarily, as his administration is beset by multiple scandals ranging from the reporting of nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, to allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior with women.

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Will Cuomo Face Any Political Fallout?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The problems facing Gov. Andrew Cuomo seem insurmountable for any politician to stay in elected office. And the controversies continue to snowball.

On Thursday, former aide Charlotte Bennett detailed in a national televised interview the sexual harassment allegations she has leveled against the governor, including intimate questions about her sex life. Hours later, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal each published stories of how the top aides in the Cuomo administration withheld key fatality data from a Department of Health report issued in July that had largely absolved the decision to require nursing homes to not turn away COVID-19-positive patients.

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Reports: Cuomo Administration Altered Data From Report on Nursing Home Deaths

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

Two bombshell articles dropped within hours of each other, first from The Wall Street Journal and then from The New York Times, revealing that top Governor Andrew Cuomo aides altered a COVID-19 report, purposefully withholding the complete number of nursing home resident deaths.

On July 6, State Health Department Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker sat down in front of cameras and released a detailed report showing that 6,432 nursing home residents died from COVID-19 and blamed the spread of the virus on COVID-positive staffers that unknowingly carried it in with them from the community.

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Assembly GOP Expands Cuomo Impeachment Push to Include Sexual Harassment Allegations

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republicans in the state Assembly on Thursday signaled they would expand their push to impeach Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include allegations he sexually harrassed multiple women.

Republicans in the Assembly had previously announced an impeachment commission amid an ongoing controversy surrounding the administration's handling of nursing home deaths during the pandemic and reporting where fatalities occurred over the last year.

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Accusers Say Cuomo's Apology Falls Short and GOP Says It Was "A Performance Worthy of an Emmy"

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany
UPDATED 6:00 AM ET Mar. 04, 2021

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily COVID-19 press conferences were considered “must watch” daytime television around this time last year, with New Yorkers across the state finding comfort in his PowerPoint presentations at the height of the pandemic.

But after three women came forward to accuse the governor of sexual harassment, he slid into hiding for more than a week, skipping three of his scheduled press briefings.

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Cuomo Apologizes Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations, Says He's Not Resigning

BY Zack Fink , Spectrum News Staff and Hayley Foran City of Albany
UPDATED 5:26 PM ET Mar. 03, 2021

ALBANY — Addressing the public in person for the first time in more than a week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized to the women who have alleged he sexually harassed them, saying he "never touched anyone inappropriately."

He said he was "embarrassed" by the allegations, but asked that New Yorkers wait for the state attorney general’s investigation before reaching conclusions, adding that he's not resigning.

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Analysis Reviews New York's Nursing Home Claims

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

Many of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s claims when it comes to how the state handled nursing homes during the pandemic has been rated “Mostly False” by PolitiFact in a new article.

First, in September Cuomo touted that New York ranked 46th out of 50 states when it came to preventing nursing home COVID deaths.

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The WFP Calls for Cuomo to Resign

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Every four years in New York for the last decade, a little side drama has played out in the state's gubernatorial elections: Will Gov. Andrew Cuomo run on the ballot line of the progressive Working Families Party?

The party has seemingly always been at odds with the Democratic governor, but inevitably reconciles with him for an uneasy peace by the time the general election rolls out. On Tuesday morning, the WFP in a statement said it had seen enough amid the sexual harassment allegations roiling the governor's administration.

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Dwindling Allies: The Controversies Straining Governor's Relationship with State Democrats

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 6:00 AM ET Mar. 02, 2021

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing growing calls among fellow Democrats in New York to resign after a third woman accused him of sexual harassment and misbehavior.

Other lawmakers, meanwhile, said the third allegation by Anna Ruch that Cuomo made unwanted sexual advances at a 2019 wedding should expedite the investigation now in the hands of Attorney General Letitia James.

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Cuomo Faces Questions Over Management Style

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Andrew Cuomo, admittedly, is a difficult boss. But over the last several weeks, episodes have been thrust into the public view that has illustrated what, in modern parlance, would be considered a deeply toxic work environment.

The governor's office and Cuomo himself have defended the hard-charging style as effective and necessary in the hothouse world of New York politics.

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Key Labor Union Releases Ad Campaign for Nursing Home Reforms

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The politically influential labor union 1199 on Wednesday launched an ad campaign to boost nursing home policy changes amid a broader controversy surrounding fatality reporting by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

The ad released by the union, which has served as a key ally for Cuomo over the last decade, credited the governor and state lawmakers for backing reform plans.

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Doctor Called Advisor by Cuomo's Team Says He's Only Spoken to Cuomo Once

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

A doctor, who Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aide says was one of the Governor's chief health advisors, said he has had only one five-minute conversation with Cuomo in his entire life.

“I’ve had one five-minute conversation my entire life with Governor Cuomo, just a few weeks ago when he called me just to congratulate me on a TV program appearance,” Dr. Michael Osterholm said in an interview with Firing Line show host, Margaret Hoover.

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How Local Governments Could Get Some Cost Savings

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

It has not been the easiest 11 months for local governments as they contend with the financial burden created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal includes a little-noticed provision that could give local officials some relief heading into the new fiscal year.

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How Cuomo Wants to Spend Legal Marijuana Revenue

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Job placement, mental health programs, and housing would benefit from the legalization of marijuana in New York if a plan backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is made law.

Cuomo on Tuesday outlined amendments to his budget plan first announced last month, fleshing out the details of his proposals to legalize marijuana for adult use in the state.

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Cuomo Administration Lays Out Nursing Home Timeline After Leaked Conversation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Last summer, state lawmakers were probing what went wrong in nursing homes and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and some of the responses by Health Commissioner Howard Zucker during an Aug. 3 public hearing left them unsatisfied. Later that month they requested more information from the Department of Health.

Less than a week later, the Department of Justice signaled an inquiry into nursing home deaths in New York and several Democratic-led states. The Legislature's request was set aside as state officials also began to contend with a vaccine rollout and resurgent COVID-19 cases. That's the timeline laid out by Melissa DeRosa in a statement to Spectrum News as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration faces questions over its handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.

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Community-Based Physicians Seek More Vaccine Doses

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The Medical Society of New York on Wednesday urged state officials to send more vaccine doses to community-based doctors so they can begin to immunize their patients.

The push from the organization comes as New York has opened pop-up sites for vaccine distribution as well as mass distribution sites at public colleges and university campuses and is opening a site at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on Friday.

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New York Extends Open Enrollment for Health Care Marketplace

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The open enrollment period for applying for coverage in the state's health marketplace has been extended to March 31, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said.

The governor's office said this was in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has been resurgent this winter.

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New York Schools May Face the Worst of "Worst-Case" Budget

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Education officials, from school leaders to union leaders, took one look at the worst case budget as proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday and gulped.

The budget line for education is second only to health care in its cost to the state, giving teachers unions, superintendents, school districts and families among those with the highest stakes in the coming weeks as New York seeks billions of dollars in aid from Congress.

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Cuomo Calls for Smart Speaker Disclosure

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Companies that make recording-capable smartphones, speakers, and TVs should prominently disclose that information, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed as part of his 2021 agenda.

The propsal would require the disclosure in the form of written warnings for consumers as Internet-connect devices with the ability to record, retain and transmit audio.

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Unpublished Link Led to Unauthorized COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A link shared on social media and group chats this week allowed some New Yorkers to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

The problem? The link was unpublished, the appointments were not authorized, and the vaccination sites in Binghamton, Buffalo, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Stony Brook, and Utica were either not open or taking appointments.

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Details Count Once Again in Marijuana Legalization Push

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The legalization of cannabis in New York is once again on the agend for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and many state lawmakers.

But even as the proposal is being pushed in part to aid a cash-strapped state by generating more revenue, the measure could once again face similar scrutiny over how it aids communities affect by stricter drug laws of the past.

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New York Wades Back in to Legalized Cannabis Debate

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Legalizing sales of cannabis products at the retail level is once again expected to be part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget this year, he announced Wednesday, once again igniting a debate over how New York should approach the issue.

The measure has stalled in the past not over whether marijuana should be legalized, but over the specifics of how to do it. How should it be taxed? How should communities affected by drug laws benefit? Where can cannabis products be sold? Should New Yorkers be allowed to grow small amounts of the plant on their own?

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Cuomo Bet on a Democratic U.S. Senate. Now What?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was seeking the equivalent of a political bank shot: Joe Biden wins the presidency, Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate, and New York gets a friendlier Washington that could lead to direct aid for a beleaguered state budget.

On Wednesday, the verdict came in: The Democrats have full, if narrow, conrol of Washington with victories by both Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in a pair of runoff elections in Georgia.

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Cuomo: Snow Won't Disrupt Vaccine Distribution in New York

BY Nick Reisman New York State

The widespread snow that was dumped on much of New York won't create a broad disruption for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said.

Cuomo, in Kingston for a briefing on the snow, said 120 people were confirmed to have died of the virus in the last 24 hours. There are more than 6,000 people who remain hospitalized due to the virus and the state's positivity rate remains above 6% in the last day.

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Cuomo Defends Waiting for Federal Stimulus Help

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Since the spring, New York state and local governments have been waiting for some sort of federal assistance to recoup the billions of dollars in lost tax revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And in effect, New York has been treading water: Money has been withheld in some instances by the state and pay raises for some public employees have been halted during the crisis. But waiting around forever is not an option as county governments have budgets set to pass by the end of the calendar year that will likely have more question marks than dollar signs.

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Cuomo Approves Ban on PFAS in Food Packaging

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A ban on the usage of PFAS chemicals in food packaging was approved this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

PFAS chemicals have been found in food packaging as well as in food containers used for takeout orders at restaurants.

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New York to Receive First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines in Coming Weeks

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York will receive 170,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine in the coming weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to rise and state officials continue to carefully watch increasing hospitalizations.

Frontline health care workers and people who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities are expected to be among those with the first priority in receiving the first batch of the vaccine manufactured by pharmaceutical company Pfizer. A second batch of vaccines will be provided by Moderna.

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