By ANN E. MARIMOW and TOM JACKMAN The Washington Post
Law enforcement officials and defense attorneys throughout the country are taking steps to release inmates, drop pending prosecutions and lock up fewer new defendants to thin crowded prisons that public health officials say are ripe for spreading the coronavirus.
Closures and cancellations continued to pour in Monday with restaurants statewide and local courts among the latest organizations and activities to be affected by the COVIS-19 coronavirus pandemic even as the first case was confirmed in the North Country.
MALONE –– Saying state prison closures have adversely affected Franklin County, the county Legislature has passed a resolution calling on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to look elsewhere as he plans more such closures in the coming year.
NEW YORK — Days after bomb threats targeted 18 Jewish community centers across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced legislation Thursday to combat hatred and intolerance of minority groups as part of his 2020-21 executive budget.
Reactions to a 6-week-old bail reform law has ignited bitter debate in New York - thus far the most populous state to enact statewide bail reform - and highlighted fault lines of race, class and geography amid a larger nationwide movement to reform the money bail system.
ALBANY – Representatives of the union that represents state corrections officers joined Assemblyman D. Billy Jones Wednesday to urge state lawmakers to approve a Jones-sponsored bill that would end the practice of double-bunking in medium-security state correctional facility dormitories.
By CARA CHAPMAN Press-Republican firstname.lastname@example.org
PLATTSBURGH — Assemblyman D. Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) met with local law enforcement and emergency management officials Friday afternoon to discuss the impact of the statewide criminal justice reforms that took effect Jan. 1.
ALBANY — The start of the second year of a Democratic-controlled state Legislature has the majority excited and optimistic about the passage of bills on their agenda, and on Tuesday, some Democratic lawmakers were certain the Protect Our Courts Act would be one such bill.
WASHINGTON — Joining the chorus of lawmakers and law enforcement officials voicing concerns over the new bail reform laws in New York, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21, took initiative in Washington, D.C., to study the results of pre-trial release.
MALONE –– One of the newest members of the Village Police Department has had a big impact on the local criminal justice scene since coming onto active duty a little over a year ago, Police Chief Chris Premo told the Village Board on Monday
MALONE –– Shock and disbelief were expressed by some residents as they read the list of crimes that people would be issued appearance tickets for, instead of being jailed in lieu of bail, under the new state bail reform laws.
ALBANY — Unity, equality and progressiveness were themes and values heavily stressed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo during his 10th State of the State Address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday.
MALONE –– Scott Rogers, in a blue T-shirt covered in white stars, “TRUMP” etched on the back above the number “20,” repeatedly wiped sweat from his nearly shaved head with a paper towel while sitting on a wooden pew beside a woman he referred to as his girlfriend in Malone Town Court.
DICKINSON –– Dickinson Town Supervisor Sherry Smith learned that a car had careened into her front yard as a result of another crash at the dangerous intersection she lives near while she waits to hear what the New York State Department of Transportation might do about the crossroads.
MALONE –– Cutting two Franklin County Sheriff Department positions could negatively impact all programs offered at the Franklin County Jail and create a dangerous situation there, says Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill.
BEDFORD HILLS –– Joyce Mitchell, the former civilian prison employee who pleaded guilty to helping two murderers break out of the Clinton Correctional Facility, could be released from prison early next year.
MALONE-- Roughly one year after the Franklin County Legislature and the county sheriff sparred over backfilling a deputy sheriff position, the county has removed funding for two positions from the 2020 county budget –– a change Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill said he was unaware of until Thursday.
By JOE MAHONEY CNHI State Reporter email@example.com
ALBANY — The number of vaping-related lung illnesses reported to health officials has now reached 200 cases in New York, a fact that could complicate the intense debate at the statehouse over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to legalize the adult use of marijuana.
The text messages arrived on a snowy January afternoon, a few hours after New York’s state ethics commission privately debated whether to investigate a disgraced former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. They were from a high-ranking government lawyer, sent to one of the commission members.
Soon after getting an OxyContin prescription for back pain and arthritis in 1999, disabled coal miner James Craig started popping three of the narcotic pills daily, instead of the prescribed two, he said in a deposition as part of a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer, Purdue Pharma. Wit…
NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have opened a criminal investigation into whether several large drug companies intentionally skirted regulations in order to promote the sale of addictive opioids, according to corporate filings and a person familiar with the matter.