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Bar Association Blasts Trump Admin for Dropping Diversity Training

BY Nick Reisman New York State

The New York State Bar Association ripped President Donald Trump's administration for dropping diversity and inclusion training, calling the move an attack on the "fundamental tenets" of diversity in the workplace.

The decision affects federal workers and military personnel, barring them from conducting diversity training that is meant to counteract issues like racial or gender bias when approving federal contracts. The announcement was made this month after a critical segment aired about the issue on Fox News.

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Court Again Sides With AG James on Trump's Border Wall Funding

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A U.S. appeals court on Friday backed a lower court's decision that bars President Donald Trump from shifting military funds to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The legal challenge to the funding plan had been filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James as part of a coalition of state attorneys general opposing the move.

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New York Officials: Trump Cannot Send Military Here

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

President Donald Trump cannot by himself authorize the U.S. military to take action in New York state, officials on Monday said, as violent demonstrations and unrest continued in some areas.

New York City is expected to extend its curfew into a second night following looting in some areas of the city.

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Calls for an Investigation Into Nursing Homes Grow as Cuomo Blames President Trump

BY Morgan McKay Albany/Capital Region

Around 5,600 people are believed to have died from the coronavirus in nursing homes across the state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, continued to defend the state’s handling of nursing homes throughout this pandemic, blaming President Trump’s CDC guidelines that allowed COVID positive patients to be admitted into nursing homes.

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Trump May Tie Pandemic Aid To Sanctuary City Policies

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Coronavirus aid to cities that have designated themselves sanctuary communities for undocumented immigrants might be blocked, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said.

Local and state governments continue to struggle with the economic shock created by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shuttered many businesses deemed non-essential and thrown millions of people out of work.

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Siena Poll: Cuomo’s Job Performance Rating "Best Ever" Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Response

BY Susan Arbetter New York State
UPDATED 6:43 AM ET Apr. 27, 2020

New Yorkers were losing jobs and feeling more pessimistic than they did last month. At the same time, a majority of independent voters, as well as voters in both major political parties, viewed Governor Andrew Cuomo positively, according to the latest poll released Monday by the Siena Research Institute.

Cuomo’s job performance rating was 8 points higher than it was in March, reaching a record for the Democrat of 71 percent.

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New York Republicans File For Trump's Re-Election

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy is realistic about President Donald Trump's shot at winning the state.

But he expects Trump to help down-ballot candidates this fall in key congressional and legislative races in the pockets of upstate New York and the suburbs where the president has supporters.

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Is New York's Blue Wall In Doubt?

BY Nick Reisman New York State

During President Obama's administration, red states sought to challenge his agenda.

Republican attorneys general filed lawsuits. GOP governors and state legislatures approved resolutions and laws meant to prevent what they saw as federal overreach.

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Trump Praises Stefanik For Support During Impeachment

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For more than an hour, President Donald Trump on Thursday unloaded on his critics, Democrats, Mitt Romney and others a day after he was acquitted of impeachment charges.

But Trump also singled out individual members of Congress who had publicly supported him during the process -- including New York Rep. Elise Stefanik.

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NY AG James Says Trump's Rhetoric Stokes Hatred

BY Nick Reisman Albany/Capital Region

A change in the law is needed to combat the increase in hate crimes in New York, state Attorney General Letitia James said Wednesday at a forum on white nationalism and domestic terrorism.

“Given the rise in hate crimes, to sit idly by and do absolutely nothing to me is not the answer," James said at the forum, hosted by the New York State Bar Association.

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Stefanik Named to Trump's Impeachment Defense Team

BY Nick Reisman New York State

New York House Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, as well as Rep. Lee Zeldin, of Long Island, were named Monday to the White House's impeachment defense team.

Both Stefanik, a North Country lawmaker, and Zeldin have been staunch supporters of President Donald Trump.

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Dems In Trump Districts Brace For Impeachment Fallout

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Rep. Anthony Brindisi’s office on Wednesday evening, shortly after President Donald Trump became the third president in American history to be impeached, released a statement that sought to focus more on issues than the politics of removal.

“President Trump is my President too,” Brindisi said I’ve always said I would work with him to get things done for American families.”

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