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McDonald’s franchise owners fight wage theft crackdown

As New York state struggles to stamp out pervasive wage theft, workers have been left with little legal recourse against their bosses. In the state legislature, a far-reaching bill stands to change that — but it has faced intense corporate opposition, led by a group called New Yorkers for ...

Check stubs, fake receipts, blind loyalty

NEW YORK — It wasn’t until after a decade in the fold, after his family pleaded with him, after the FBI raided his office, apartment and hotel room, Michael Cohen testified Tuesday, that he finally decided to turn on Donald Trump. That decision led to a 2018 guilty plea to federal ...

Cohen directly implicates Trump in testimony at hush money trial

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s fixer-turned-foe, Michael Cohen, directly implicated the former president in a hush money scheme Monday, telling jurors that his celebrity client tasked him on several occasions to stifle stories about sex that he feared could torpedo his 2016 presidential ...

State’s weed program hampered by inexperienced leaders, report finds

ALBANY — New York’s legal cannabis market has been hampered by inexperienced leaders who treated the state licensing agency like a “mission-driven” startup rather than a government office, according to an internal review released Friday. The report detailed several problems at the ...

Court rules ethics watchdog was created unconstitutionally

ALBANY — A state commission that investigates ethical violations in New York was created unconstitutionally, an appeals court said Thursday in a ruling in favor of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo that targets the watchdog agency’s enforcement powers. Cuomo is fighting in court an attempt by ...