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DiNapoli scolds state agency overseeing services for seniors

ALBANY —The state Office for the Aging has failed to ensure low-income seniors get the services they need to remain in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic even though millions of dollars in funding for county-administered programs has gone unspent, according to a state audit. The state ...

Teen turns tables: After being silenced, gay teen speaks out

TULLY — After being selected as a featured student for the Tully Junior-Senior High School’s Senior Spotlight, Tyler Ray Johnson, 17, was told what he wrote would not be published because he talked about his sexuality. He was picked for the January newsletter, and one of the questions ...

Judge leaves New York indoor mask mandate in place, for now

A New York appeals judge left the state's indoor mask mandate in place Tuesday while Gov. Kathy Hochul's administration appeals a lower court's decision to overturn it. Judge Robert Miller granted the state's request for a stay of a Long Island judge's ruling Monday that the governor and ...

State judge overturns NY mask mandate

MINEOLA (AP) — A New York judge ruled Monday that the state's mask mandate can't be enforced, after it was reinstituted by Gov. Kathy Hochul over concerns about a winter surge of coronavirus cases. State Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker said in his decision that the state Department of ...

Hochul expects big annual revenue stream from legal pot

ALBANY — New York’s legalization of marijuana is expected to yield a bumper crop of revenue for the state, with the latest projections saying the stream of money coming into state coffers from weed sales will top $360 million annually by 2028. Over a 5-year span beginning next year, ...

NY expands absentee voting after defeat of ballot measure

ALBANY — New Yorkers can again choose to vote by absentee rather than face the risk of catching COVID-19 at polling sites through the rest of 2022 under a bill that Gov. Kathy Hochul signed Friday. The Assembly passed the bill 100-45 on Wednesday, and the Senate passed the bill last week ...