ALBANY — As state lawmakers returned to the Capitol last week, the bail reform law passed in last year’s historically productive legislative session has carried over into the new year with tension.

BRUSHTON –– For village Mayor Kevin Pentalow, it was back to business as usual Thursday –– his first Village Board meeting since his release from the Franklin County Jail.

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.

BUFFALO — A federal court judge halted the implementation of certain provisions of a new state law that extends a number of labor rights to farm workers on Tuesday.

MALONE - The following actions took place in Franklin County Court on Monday, with Judge Derek P. Champagne presiding:

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.

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.

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.

Michael Kearney could not understand how he had tested positive for drugs. He stared in disbelief at the corrections officers in an upstate New York prison where he was serving time. Though he had once been addicted to crack cocaine, he had been clean for two years.

MALONE - The following actions took place in Franklin County Court on Wednesday, with Judge Derek P. Champagne presiding:

ALBANY — State prison officials used solitary confinement to punish inmates 38,249 times last year and isolated hundreds of prisoners with mental illness because they misbehaved, the New York Civil Liberties Union said in a report released Monday.

MALONE - The following actions took place in Franklin County Court on Wednesday, with Judge Derek P. Champagne presiding:

The deal that led to the guilty pleas called for Waldron to pay restitution of $4,100 –– the amount paid out by the insurance company for the homeowner whose property Waldron burglarized. However, at sentencing, Waldron was ordered by Acting Franklin County Judge Jerome Richards to pay $4,55…

WASHINGTON - Even as deaths from opioid overdoses grew dramatically, the Drug Enforcement Administration allowed manufacturers to substantially increase the number of painkilling pills they produced each year, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Tuesday in a report that offers a …