Graduation rates for students who entered ninth grade in 2015 in the five northern Franklin County high schools matched or exceeded the statewide average, according to figures released Thursday by the state Education Department.

ALBANY — State officials have blocked 59 police agencies from access to computerized motor vehicle data because they have yet to certify they will refrain from sharing the information with federal immigration enforcers.

ALBANY — While states across the nation are gearing up to make sure all their residents are counted in the 2020 Census, for which representation and billions of federal dollars are at stake, recently released population data from the U.S. Census Bureau has brought projections that New York m…

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.

ALBANY — The state Senate Democratic majority proposed and passed a package of voting reform bills during the Senate’s first day of session.

ALBANY — A few days after a Supreme Court judge issued a temporary injunction on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive ban on flavored electronic cigarettes, New York legislators gathered with activists, educators and medical providers in Albany to push for the passage of two bills that would eff…

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.

ALBANY –– In the week since New York officially ended cash bail for many nonviolent criminal defendants, concerns over a spate of anti-Semitic incidents and other recent alleged crimes committed by those released under the law have spurred calls to undo parts of the legislation.

MALONE –– New York must encourage growth, state Sen. Betty Little said in response to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State address Wednesday.

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.

ALBANY — Continuing the theme of tackling the health care industry, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest 2020 State of the State proposal is to increase transparency in health care costs.

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.

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill Thursday that would mandate further regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, which have played a large role in increased drug costs and the opioid crisis.

Some fire departments are objecting to a new requirement in state criminal justice laws that take effect Jan. 1 that requires they and other “potential” criminal case witnesses submit to criminal background checks, concluding it is an invasion of privacy.

Legislation providing clear legal direction for campground owners needing to remove long-term guests who are disruptive has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. State Sen. Betty Little and Assemblyman Billy Jones sponsored the measure (S1944a/A1659a) at the request of Campground Owners…

MALONE –– The impeachment of President Donald Trump is nothing but a circus, according to Kari Martin of Brushton.

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.

ALBANY — Against the backdrop of a national economy that has expanded for much of the past decade, New York leaders are scrambling to address a projected $6 billion budget deficit, much of it driven by escalating Medicaid spending.

NEW YORK — New York is joining three other states in appealing a court decision against their lawsuit over a federally-instituted cap on state and local tax deductions, otherwise known as SALT.

ALBANY –– For years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and some Democratic leaders have had an antagonistic relationship with the left-leaning Working Families Party, a labor-backed group whose increasing influence and independence have only widened the divide.

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.