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ALBANY — New Yorkers, as it turns out, don’t want to look at a depiction on their state license plates of a bridge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo named for his father. After all the end-of-summer controversy over plate designs and fees charged to motorists, New Yorkers prefer a new plate, if indeed there has to be a new plate, to contain images a bit more iconic in nature — inclu…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to change the 2020 New York primary dates for congressional, state and presidential races. But he’s not yet suggesting what the actual date should be. The governor’s comments, made on an Albany radio station Friday morning, come three days after the state Senate sent him a bill – passed by the Legislature in June – to set the presi…

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ALBANY – A trailblazing report, ordered by Gov. Cuomo, rebuked New York State’s political campaign financing system as a “disgrace” and in need of urgent change. Urgent is a relative term. The report was issued in 1988, by Gov. Mario Cuomo, the current governor's father. “In the three decades that have followed, little change has come to New York’s laws and rules for…

ALBANY – A bill tightening mental health background checks for part-time residents of the state who seek a firearms license was signed into law Tuesday, nine months after the state Legislature adopted the measure. The new law, which takes effect in 60 days, closes what its advocates say was a loophole over the background check process involving firearm license applicant…

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ALBANY –Democrats newly in control of New York State government this year pushed for and then passed a host of gun control measures. And they have made it clear they aren't finished. “I just think we need to have fewer of these guns that nobody uses for hunting and get them out of our houses and out of our lives," said Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat. As pr…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday joined a chorus of officials around the country who have stepped up efforts to legally define acts of “domestic terrorism” in the wake of mass shootings by people who targeted victims based on their race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. Cuomo, in a speech to the New York City Bar Association, proposed creation of the…

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ALBANY — A set of sweeping new efforts to crack down on workplace sexual harassment problems while also giving new legal rights to victims was signed into state law on Monday. The multiple part legislation, which passed the Legislature two months ago ends a 1980s-era standard that made sexual harassment cases legally actionable only if they were considered “severe and p…

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ALBANY – There is no question that single-use plastic bags will be banned at stores across New York March 1. But what about those ubiquitous colorful, and often logo-emblazoned ones that are sold as reusable tote bags at so many store checkout stands? If they have any touch of plastic in them, retailers say they will be prohibited from offering them to consumers. …

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo joined a chorus of Democratic politicians from around the country on Monday who stepped up criticism of Republican President Trump and federal gun control laws that Democrats say are doing nothing to prevent mass shootings as seen over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. In the second day of his broadcast media tour, Cuomo call…

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ALBANY – From his longtime residence on the eastern side of Lake Ontario, H. Douglas Barclay has encountered much in his decades as state and national Republican power broker, friend of the Bush family, former ambassador to El Salvador and founder of an influential law firm with offices scattered across New York and elsewhere. Yet the 87-year-old former state senator st…

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ALBANY – Teachers and other nonsecurity workers will be specifically banned from carrying weapons on school grounds under legislation approved Wednesday by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The governor also signed legislation creating a state-administered, uniform program for municipalities that offer to purchase illegal or unwanted weapons from their owners. Both bills wer…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, suddenly clearing his desk of pending gun control measures, on Tuesday signed two new bills into law, including a ban on the possession or sale of weapons that are undetectable by metal detectors. The governor has now signed four new gun control laws in the past 24 hours. On Tuesday, the governor approved new penalties against gun owner…

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ALBANY – The morning after a gunman killed three people at a California food festival, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed two gun control measures that were passed six months ago by state lawmakers. The bills enact a state ban on devices called bump stocks, which can greatly expand the swiftness that rounds can be fired from a weapon, and require additional waiting periods in …

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ALBANY – Before the ink was dry on the marijuana decriminalization bill signed Monday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, drug advocacy groups said they are pressing ahead with a renewed effort to legalize marijuana in New York in the next state legislative session in 2020. Though hailed by Cuomo and some lawmakers as a responsible way for marijuana possession to be legally treate…

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ALBANY – There was urgency in late January when lawmakers at the state Capitol pushed through a package of gun restrictions. It was a dire month for mass shootings around the nation, so Democrats in the Assembly and Senate moved swiftly to crack down on devices that make guns unload rounds more quickly, add new background check restrictions, block teachers and others fr…