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ALBANY — Lawmakers are pushing in their last scheduled days of session for the year to vote on a bill that would expunge the criminal records of millions of New Yorkers.

Parole reform activists and formerly incarcerated people heightened their cries across the state this week, pleading with lawmakers to increase New Yorkers’ opportunities to be released from prison as this year’s legislative session draws to a close.

ALBANY — Lawmakers are pushing in their last scheduled days of session for the year to vote on a bill that would expunge the criminal records of millions of New Yorkers.

NEW YORK — School districts may serve as COVID-19 vaccination sites for students ages 12 to 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, as the state’s average virus positivity rate dipped to the lowest in the nation.

NEW YORK — Officials announced legislation Friday to require all New York police officers to reserve using lethal force as a last resort when responding to an incident and hold law enforcement accountable, state Attorney General Letitia James said.

The state Comptroller’s Office holds the key to release millions of legislated dollars to fund the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission as the group’s time to redraw elective maps grows short.

ALBANY — State lawmakers are considering legislation that would automatically seal and expunge most criminal convictions under the proposed Clean Slate Act.

As they wait for the state’s more detailed financial plan, economists and state officials Monday weighed the impacts $2.1 billion in benefits for undocumented New Yorkers in the 2021-22 budget could have on small businesses and the state economy.

New York broadband providers are slow to react and to the details of a new state program requiring mid-sized and large companies to provide internet service for low-income families for $15 per month.

ALBANY — Jairo Reyes did not eat for three days. Weak, tired and famished, he remembered his community when he found it difficult to focus.

ALBANY — Recreational marijuana sales and use for adults 21 years of age and older is legal in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill Wednesday morning.

ALBANY — Dozens of family members and friends of loved ones who died from COVID-19 in nursing homes joined lawmakers outside the state Capitol on Thursday to mourn the thousands of New Yorkers who died in congregate facilities and designate a statewide day of remembrance in their honor.

ALBANY — State Health Department and Coronavirus Task Force officials are discussing adopting new federal COVID-19 guidelines for public school districts allowing 3 feet for safe social distancing instead of keeping students the typical 6 feet apart.

A second former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is accusing him of sexual harassment, saying the governor asked several questions about her sex life and made her feel “horribly uncomfortable and scared.”

ALBANY — State Democratic representatives Thursday called for an independent investigation into recent sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo by a former member of his administration.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating dipped with New Yorkers in wake of recent controversy over his administration’s delayed release and initial undercount of COVID-19 deaths in congregate facilities, according to a Marist Poll released Tuesday.

ALBANY — State senators voted on Monday to pass 11 pieces of legislation as part of a package to reform oversight and care at nursing homes in wake of recent controversy over state COVID-19 policies and publishing public health data from congregate facilities.

Law enforcement and the state Department of Labor continue to investigate growing numbers of fraudulent unemployment claims as thousands returned to work this winter, officials said.

ALBANY — Many state Democrats joined Republicans’ cries Friday for an independent investigation into the state’s delay in releasing COVID-19 death data in New York nursing homes and rescinding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s broadened authority lawmakers granted at the start of the pandemic last March.

ALBANY — The state will reallocate thousands of excess dosages of the coronavirus vaccine from long-term care facilities to increase supply after the federal government announced Tuesday that shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine will reflect an additional 5% increase to U.S. states in the comin…

NEW YORK — Municipalities and local governments across the state are permitted to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to other groups of prioritized essential workers, officials said Tuesday, after President Joe Biden announced the federal government would increase weekly vaccine allocation …

BUFFALO — Gov. Andrew Cuomo tasked county and local government officials Monday with monitoring hospitals and area health care facilities delayed in administering their supplies of COVID-19 vaccines for more efficient distribution as the state continues to wait for the federal government to …

ALBANY — The state is set to receive a smaller allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine than expected for the second week in a row, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, as laws prevent the state from directly purchasing additional doses from a drugmaker to bolster its dwindling vaccine supply.

ALBANY — The state is working to buy additional dosages of the COVID-19 vaccine from drugmaker Pfizer to ramp up New York’s supply, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, as the federal government’s exhausted stockpile remains low.

ALBANY — The state will begin ambitious plans for a $306 billion investment in public infrastructure, transportation and education projects to jump start New York’s economy in the wake of financial devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday to complete hi…

More than 25 Democratic lawmakers launched a new parole reform campaign Thursday afternoon urging the passage of legislation this year to promote faster and more efficient release opportunities for incarcerated New Yorkers in the wake of rising COVID-19 infections and deaths inside the state…

ALBANY — Questions remained surrounding New York’s record-breaking $15 billion budget deficit Monday after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s annual State of the State address, which is typically centered around measures for the state’s upcoming budget negotiations.

ALBANY — New Yorkers eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine should prepare to wait several weeks when making an appointment on the state’s online reservation portal that will go live Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. He also called on the state’s congressional delegation to remove Presi…

ALBANY — Senate Republicans will introduce a resolution every day starting next week to curb Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s expanded authority granted last March because of the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers said, before detailing their priorities for the 2021-22 legislative session.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s mother called to check on the New York Democrat within minutes as a mob of hundreds of angry President Donald Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, forcing all federal officials, staff and media to take cover.

ALBANY — The state will use thousands of public distribution sites across New York to expedite the COVID-19 vaccine to essential workers, the elderly and eventually the general public as officials expect immunization supply to increase in the coming months.

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a four-month ban on evictions and residential mortgage foreclosures into law Monday night, after both parties clashed in a rare December legislative session and denied multiple amendments posed by Republicans, to pass the measure as the coronavirus pandemic …

ALBANY — The group redrawing the state’s Senate, Assembly and Congressional districts will receive $1 million lawmakers allocated for the work in previous state budgets, officials said, after potentially unconstitutional funding delays set the commission back several months in completing the…

ALBANY — State hospitals will randomly sample patients tested for COVID-19 for the new, likely more contagious, variant of the disease recently discovered in the United Kingdom and South Africa, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.