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Majority support for legalizing pot dips in Siena poll

A majority of New Yorkers polled by Siena College still support legalizing pot, but the margin favoring legalization narrowed from 15 percentage points in the college’s January poll to 10 points in survey results released Monday. In the latest Siena poll, 53 percent of the 700 registered voters surveyed by phone from March 10-14  supported [...]

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Delgado supports proposal to lift ban on use of federal funds for abortions

Freshman Rep. Antonio Delgado has signed on as a co-sponsor of a Democratic bill introduced in the last three Congresses that would eliminate a ban on the use of Medicaid funds for abortions that was set by the so-called Hyde Amendment in 1976 and has remained in place ever since. Delgado, a Rhinebeck Democrat whose [...]

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Brabenec bill targets fentanyl and its spinoffs

A new bill sponsored by Assemblyman Karl Brabenec would zero in on a deadly piece of the ongoing opioid epidemic by creating a new criminal charge specifically for fentanyl – the powerful drug that has played a part in many overdose deaths – and for fentanyl spinoffs known as analogues that are manufactured to try [...]

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GOP nominates Hayes for county exec special election

Ulster Republicans this week named Jack Hayes, chairman of the county’s Conservative Party, as their candidate to compete with Democrat Pat Ryan in an April 30 special election for Ulster County executive to fill that office for the rest of 2019. County Republican Chairman Roger Rascoe said it was unclear if Hayes also will run [...]

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Skoufis bill would make Legislature identify grant sponsors

State Sen. James Skoufis has introduced a bill in response to a $2 million grant that Senate Republicans gave Kiryas Joel in 2017 that would require the Senate and Assembly to identify which lawmaker obtained each grant awarded through the pork-barrel State and Municipal Facilities program. Lawmakers normally are eager to take credit for funding [...]

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Gunther, Cahill and Metzger break with Dems on gun safe-storage bill (updated with correction)

Assembly members Aileen Gunther of Forestburgh and Kevin Cahill of Kingston both broke ranks with fellow Democrats by voting against a bill passed by both the Assembly and Senate on Monday that will require gun owners with children in the house to lock up their firearms. Both chambers have large Democratic majorities and easily approved [...]

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Amedore has top outside pay in NY Legislature

State Sen. George Amedore had the highest outside income of New York senators and Assembly members who were re-elected in November, according to a report this week by Common Cause New York looking at the potential impact of new restrictions on lawmakers’ private-sector income. Amedore, a Rotterdam Republican whose district includes the City of Kingston [...]

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Schmitt proposes higher thresholds to form new villages

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt said Thursday he plans to introduce a bill in response to a proposed new village in Monroe that would raise the minimum population and percentage of petition signers needed in New York to create a village. Schmitt, a New Windsor Republican, said he’ll propose raising the population threshold to 2,000 from 500 [...]

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Senate passes ban on pay-to-play campaign donations

A bill co-sponsored by state Sens. Jen Metzger and James Skoufis to prohibit campaign contributions from companies seeking state contracts sailed through the Senate in a unanimous vote on Tuesday. Under the proposal, companies would be forbidden to give campaign cash to state officials with contracting authority – meaning the governor, in most cases – [...]

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Cuomo and Assembly GOP agree: make tax cap permanent

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopscotched from Buffalo to Long Island and points in between in a series of press conferences on Thursday and Friday to preach “tax fairness for the middle class” – a two-part campaign that included making permanent the state’s eight-year-old cap on property-tax increases. Actually, the third-term, Democratic governor talked about lots of [...]

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