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Cuomo wants life in prison for domestic mass shooters

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Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation Thursday to impose a penalty of life in prison without parole for acts of domestic terrorism, including mass shootings.

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Window opens for the filing of 100's of lawsuits by childhood sexual abuse survivors

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It was an emotional day Wednesday as hundreds of childhood sexual abuse survivors filed lawsuits in New York courts on the start of a one year window of opportunity for victims to seek civil action against their abusers.

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Year long window to file childhood sex abuse lawsuits begins Wednesday

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Wednesday is the first day of a year-long legal window to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue their alleged abusers. Hundreds of cases are expected to be filed on the first day alone.

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Schumer calls for funding to harden US election systems against hackers

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New York’s senior US Senator Chuck Schumer says he’ll push for legislation in the upcoming federal budget to provide funds for local boards of election to harden their security against potential threats by foreign governments.

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New York's Governor Cuomo disputes President Trump on gun control

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on Congress to take immediate action on gun control in the wake of the El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio mass shootings over the weekend.

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Still no arrangement for Comptroller to audit state contracts

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A handshake deal between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state’s comptroller to reinstate the comptroller’s powers to audit contracts in the wake of corruption scandals has stalled.

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New York law further decriminalizes marijuana possession

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Marijuana is further decriminalized in new york, but advocates say it does not go far enough, and their ultimate goal is legalization.

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Political parties on the right and left find common cause in supporting fusion voting

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Political parties that represent the left and the right of New York’s political spectrum have joined in a common interest and filed lawsuits against a new commission that might curtail their rights to cross endorse political candidates.

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Advocates seek stricter limits to solitary confinement

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Advocates of ending solitary confinement in New York’s prisons ended the 2019 legislative session disappointed, that changes made to the practice did not go further, and they say they will be back again to fight for more progress next year.

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Cuomo signs bill to combat climate change

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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed into law a bill that could greatly reduce greenhouse gases in New York. He was joined by former Vice President Al Gore, a long-time activist against climate change.

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Cuomo signs farmworkers rights bill

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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a farmworkers’ rights bill into law Wednesday that will for the first time give the workers benefits other employees get, including time off and overtime pay.

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Watchdog group questions state's delayed Medicaid payment

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A budget watchdog group says New York’s budgeters used a sleight of hand to make it to seem as though the state was adhering to a legal cap on the growth of health care spending, by shifting a Medicaid payment from last fiscal year to this year.

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Gillibrand looks to revive struggling presidential campaign

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New York Senator spends a week campaigning in NH

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Cuomo signs pay equity bills

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Governor Andrew Cuomo used the occasion of the ticker-tape parade for the US women’s soccer team in Manhattan to sign two bills that will make it easier for women in New York to receive pay that is equal to men’s salaries.

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Cuomo continues to question safeguards in new immigrant driver's license law

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The first lawsuit has been filed against New York’s new law to permit undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses. Governor Andrew Cuomo condemned the legal proceeding but also continued to cast doubt on the effectiveness of the new law.

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