Federal and state leaders praised President Joseph R. Biden’s decision Tuesday to tap millions of gallons of fuel from the national reserve to lower energy prices. The move came as the leading Republican nominee in New York’s 2022 gubernatorial race started a lengthy tour demanding the gover…

Former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s attorney demanded state Attorney General Letitia A. James recuse herself from future decisions related to the former governor’s sexual harassment investigation and related evidence on the heels of the release of the transcripts of witness interviews last week an…

New York will receive at least $27 billion to resuscitate its aging infrastructure, and millions of dollars to bridge the digital divide plaguing upstate, rural communities and low-income New Yorkers as part of the federal infrastructure package signed into law this week, officials said Wednesday.

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BUFFALO — Gov. Kathy Hochul pledged Tuesday to work closely with local government officials as communities with low vaccination rates have driven a spike in COVID-19 infections as the holiday season and winter approaches.

ALBANY — New York women and minority groups struggling to balance work and family caregiving forced them to leave the workforce or change industries, contributing to the state’s record job loss and labor decline during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said Monday.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, both D-N.Y., did not join their Democratic colleagues to urge President Joe Biden to take action to lower energy costs, remaining largely silent on potential solutions to address petroleum gas prices hitting seven-year highs.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the nation have lost more than 250,000 employees since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, according to a report released this week.

NEW YORK — Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul on Wednesday continued to refuse to publicly reveal her stance on changing the state’s bail reform law just before the leading Republican gubernatorial nominee held a rally with lawmakers on Long Island demanding the controversial law be repealed.

ALBANY — Hundreds of people rallied across the state Tuesday demanding Gov. Kathy Hochul grant clemency to thousands of incarcerated New Yorkers a day after officials announced six state prison facilities will close early next year.

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Six upstate correctional facilities, including Ogdensburg Correctional in St. Lawrence County, will close next winter after union officials representing state corrections staff met with state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision leaders Monday morning.

RAY BROOK — John Ernst was appointed chair of the Adirondack Park Agency by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday more than two years after the position was left vacant by former interim chair Karen Feldman.

NEW YORK — Gov. Kathy Hochul signed two pieces of legislation Tuesday to expand transparency in government and ensure an open process at the state and local levels, including a significant amendment to the state’s Open Meetings Law.

PALENVILLE — Two state senators toured a popular trail in the Catskill Mountains on Tuesday with union representatives and discussed how to bolster recruitment of state forest rangers and environmental officers as their low staffing numbers struggle to keep up with increasing visitors since …

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, a member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet, stopped in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region on Monday to strengthen services and address issues burdening U.S. servicemembers and reacted to the death of Gen. Colin Powell.

Officials are split on three of five special statewide propositions on the ballot this Election Day as advocates are urging New Yorkers to approve proposals that would remove voter registration deadlines, allow no-excuse absentee ballots and alter the state’s process to redraw election districts.

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WATERTOWN — Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Tuesday night that he has received “direct confirmation” from U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that the United States plans to reopen the U.S.-Canadian border to nonessential vaccinated travelers by early November.

NEW YORK — Gov. Kathy Hochul and top state officials will consider adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the state’s list of required inoculations for students attending New York school districts as federal regulators are expected to approve the life-saving shot for children ages 5 to 11 this month.

NEW YORK — Former New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett will become the head of the state Department of Health at the end of the year, replacing Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, who came under fire for his close ties to disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and controversial COVI…

Gov. Kathy Hochul doubled down to defend the state’s vaccine mandate for health workers that went into effect at midnight, expressing confidence the legal mandates will hold up in court in the wake of several challenges from workers’ unions and affected employees.

ALBANY — State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker resigned Thursday after more than a year of controversy surrounding his silence on New York’s COVID-19 nursing home death toll and scandals involving former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.

NEW YORK — Gov. Kathy Hochul inadvertently started negotiations for the next state budget Tuesday afternoon during an announcement about the state’s efforts to combat global warming during Climate Week, drawing fiscal pushback from Republicans.

NEW YORK — Gov. Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and city Police Commissioner Dermot Shea spoke Friday about their partnerships and working together to ensure the safety all New Yorkers in the 20 years since t…

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BANGOR — For a family in Bangor, the events of Sept. 11 are going to be ingrained in family lore for many generations.

New Yorkers are waiting with bated breath for more concrete parameters within the new recreational marijuana industry after the Senate’s approval this week to appoint two leaders to the entities responsible for licensing and regulating the emerging market.

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ALBANY — New York voices are growing louder in protest to statewide COVID-19 mandates with up to 1,000 parents and caregivers of school-aged children rallying outside the Capitol over the weekend demanding face masks be a personal choice for each family when classes resume next week.

ALBANY — Gov. Kathleen C. “Kathy” Hochul vowed to change the culture in Albany and deepen relationships with legislative leaders Tuesday for her ceremonial swearing in as New York’s 57th governor and first female to lead the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo maintained his innocence in his final address to New Yorkers on Monday, growing emotional after reviewing the legislative accomplishments of his decade-long administration on his final day in office.

ALBANY — When New Yorkers wake up Tuesday morning, history will have been made overnight.

ALBANY — Just days after he announced his resignation from the state’s highest office, the Assembly announced Friday that it is suspending its impeachment probe into Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo resigned Tuesday in wake of the state attorney general’s damning report that he sexually harassed at least 11 women and fostered a toxic culture in the Executive Chamber, and the Assembly’s swift aim to impeach him within the coming weeks.

ALBANY — The Assembly Judiciary Committee spearheading a scandal-laden impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo will tap experts to testify about the inquiry in public hearings in coming weeks as the five-month probe races to a conclusion.

THE BRONX — The state will invest $15 million to encourage the last quarter of New York adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as new cases increase in communities with low vaccination rates, officials said.

A medical policy at the center of a lawsuit filed by a former prison doctor is no longer in effect in state correctional facilities, removing an approval process that allegedly prevented incarcerated New Yorkers from receiving certain prescription medications and adequate medical care.