Politics

New York legislation could allow sports betting at stadiums

NEW YORK — A sponsor of sports betting legislation in New York said the bill likely would allow for in-person wagering at places like Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden Assemblyman Gary Pretlow said Friday the legislation he announced this week is being tweaked and will have that ...

Democrats eye new inquiries, witnesses after Cohen testimony

WASHINGTON — After three days of grilling Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Democrats are quickly using his words as a roadmap to open new lines of investigation into the president’s ties to Russia and summon additional witnesses. Cohen completed a third day of ...

House passage of gun safety bills reflects political shift

WASHINGTON —The House put on a display of Democratic priorities this week with two bills to bolster background checks on firearms purchases, showing just how quickly the politics of gun control have turned. Just a few years ago, says Kris Brown, the president of one of the nation’s ...

Rep. Stefanik opposes ‘governing crisis to crisis’

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik voted against the longest government shutdown at every opportunity, a total of five different votes. “I’ve been very consistent in saying we should not be governing crisis to crisis,” Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said on Wednesday. “This is about keeping my ...

Stefanik votes to repeal national emergency declaration

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik again broke ranks with the Republicans to vote in favor a resolution to repeal President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a 245-182 vote. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, was one of 13 Republicans voting ...

House OKs Dems’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have ignored a veto threat and passed legislation that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The move has escalated a clash over whether he has abused his powers to advance the signature pledge of ...

Bipartisan Congress OKs major conservation bill

WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments has won congressional approval. The measure is the largest public lands bill approved by Congress ...

Stefanik joins House majority on bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

WASHINGTON — Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump's bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall, escalating a clash over whether he was abusing his powers to advance his paramount campaign ...

Bipartisan Congress approves major conservation bill

WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments has won congressional approval. The measure is the largest public lands bill approved by Congress in ...

Cuomo teams up with other states to fight Trump tax changes

Fresh off his meeting with President Donald Trump, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is continuing his push to repeal the $10,000 cap on the amount of state and local taxes people can deduct on their federal returns with his announcement Friday of the formation of a multi-state alliance to fight for tax ...

Cuomo: Cheaters should be barred from property tax credit

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Como says people found to fraudulently claim a state property tax credit should be barred from reapplying for the benefit for six years. The Democrat announced the proposal on Tuesday and said he’ll ask lawmakers to include the provision in next ...

Cuomo drops proposal to ban all modified stretch limousines

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is dropping a proposal to ban all modified stretch limousines, an idea prompted by last fall’s crash that killed 20 people. The Times Union of Albany reports Monday that the provision was stricken from Cuomo’s state budget proposal. Cuomo is ...

Bills would activate Adirondack land bank

Two bills before the state Assembly and Senate would activate a land bank created for the Adirondack and Catskill parks with a constitutional amendment. The bills — introduced by North Country Sen. Betty Little and Assemblyman Billy Jones — describe two parcels of land: one of 214 ...

Stefanik touts watershed grants

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Friday announced Lake Champlain Basin Program grants awarded to projects in her district. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said she was the lead Republican who worked to secure support for this funding in the House of Representatives appropriations ...

Lawmakers give fresh look to upstate-downstate divorce

ALBANY — As a New York City native who has spent the last three decades running a business in rural Delaware County, Michael Spaccaforno says the difference between downstate and upstate is like night and day. “It’s like going from England to France,” he said. A Vietnam veteran who ...

Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee looks at dozens of bills

The state Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee has more than 240 bills before it during this year’s session, and quite a few could have an impact on the Adirondacks if passed. The committee is considering bills ranging from keeping skies dark to how private companies deal with ...

Pilot program would fund child care at community colleges

ALBANY (AP) — A proposal from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would provide on-campus child care for single parents attending community college. The Democrat said Thursday that he’ll ask lawmakers to approve a pilot program for up to 400 students at community college campuses around the ...

Doty will run for North Elba supervisor, too

LAKE PLACID — North Elba Councilman Derek Doty has announced his candidacy for town supervisor, setting up at least a two-way race in November to succeed current Supervisor Roby Politi, who is not seeking re-election. Doty said he plans to run on an independent ballot and also hopes the ...

Ellis seeks re-election to Franklin County board

SARANAC LAKE — Franklin County Legislator Lindy Ellis announced Tuesday that she will seek re-election, running in the Nov. 5 election for a three-year term. No opponent has yet been announced, but Ellis said that doesn’t change her door-to-door method of meeting her constituents. ...

Governor signs signature reduction bill

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed two pieces of legislation today to increase ballot access for candidates running for public office following the recent change in New York’s primary election date. The first bill, which was sponsored by Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, temporarily reduces ...