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Gillibrand, in Watertown, announces plan to lower drug prices

WATERTOWN — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced a plan to lower prescription drug prices during an appearance in the city Thursday. Standing between the Jefferson County Court Complex and the county office building, Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced a package of three bills, each ...

GOP’s Rep. Zeldin announces run for governor

NEW YORK — Republican U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin announced his candidacy for governor of New York on Thursday with an attack on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the subject of investigations over sexual harassment allegations and COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents. “The bottom line ...

NY to offer COVID aid to immigrants excluded earlier

ALBANY — In the largest program of its kind, New York lawmakers have created a $2.1 billion fund to aid workers who lost jobs or income during the coronavirus pandemic but were excluded from other government relief programs because of their immigration status. The fund, which passed ...

Budget passes late; few local details for now

The full details of New York’s 2021-22 budget are not yet fully known, but it includes new funding for environmental protection, including overuse in the Adirondacks. According to Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the budget sets aside $1.55 million to address overuse in the ...

NY budget could leave state workers awaiting paychecks

ALBANY — New York will boost spending by billions over the next year in a bid to revitalize the state’s hard-hit economy under a late spending plan that failed to pass in time Tuesday to prevent more delayed paychecks for state workers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has long prided himself on ...

Aide says Cuomo slammed door shut before groping her

ALBANY — An aide who accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of groping her at his official residence told a newspaper in her first public interview it was a frightening physical encounter in which the Democrat slammed a door and said “I don’t care” when she warned someone might see what he ...

NY set to hike taxes on rich, boost spending in budget

ALBANY — New York will spend billions of dollars of federal funds over the next year on schools and relief for struggling businesses, tenants and landlords under a spending plan that New York’s Legislature took final votes on Wednesday. The state Senate passed the budget legislation ...

Andrew Giuliani thinking about run for governor

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and a former aide in the Trump administration, said in interviews Wednesday that he is evaluating a run for governor of New York as a Republican. Giuliani, 35, who has never held public office, told ...

New York budget passes late: Boosts spending, delays workers’ paychecks

ALBANY — New York will boost spending by billions over the next year in a bid to revitalize the state’s hard-hit economy under a late spending plan that failed to pass in time Tuesday to prevent more delayed paychecks for state workers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has long prided himself on getting ...

Holdereid is deputy mayor as Lake Placid appointments made

LAKE PLACID — Village Trustee Peter Holdereid was appointed Lake Placid’s new deputy mayor on Monday. The new appointment was made during the village’s annual organizational meeting, the first meeting led by recently elected Mayor Art Devlin, who was sworn in that day. Holdereid ...

Blais celebrates 50 years as Lake George mayor

LAKE GEORGE — Mayor Robert Blais received a series of surprises Monday on his 50th anniversary as head of the village’s government. During the village’s annual organizational meeting, conducted virtually because of the pandemic, Blais was joined by members of his family from across ...

Why’s the state budget late?

The state budget is five days past its April 1 deadline, and Republican North Country legislators say lengthy negotiations between Democratic legislators — among themselves and with the Democratic governor — is the reason. Today, legislators will likely already have seen all budget ...

Schumer touts American Rescue Plan in visit to Glens Falls

GLENS FALLS — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made a stop at the Charles R. Wood Theater on Friday to tout the recently passed American Rescue Plan and laid out ways the $1.9 trillion legislation will help those struggling in the region. Schumer, the Senate majority leader, said the ...

Legislator resigns after furor over remarks about gay people

ALBANY (AP) — An upstate New York county legislator resigned Monday after criticizing gay relationships as unsustainable, saying “give them an island, they’ll be gone in 40 years.” Albany County legislator George Langdon IV resigned less than a week after a video surfaced of him ...

With budget late, 39,000 state workers’ paychecks may be late, too

ALBANY — Having missed an April 1 deadline to have a budget in place, New York lawmakers were still working Friday toward an agreement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with the Legislature’s proposal to raise taxes on millionaires remaining a key sticking point. Elected officials will have to ...

7 governors, including NY’s, ask Biden to lift $10K cap on tax deductions

Seven Democratic governors on Friday called on President Joe Biden to lift the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions that was a part of former President Donald Trump’s massive 2017 tax law, arguing the “assault” disproportionately targeted Democratic-run states and ultimately ...

State budget not done by April 1 deadline

ALBANY — The state budget deadline came and went at midnight Thursday without a passed spending plan for New York’s 2021-22 Fiscal Year as negotiations continue to face challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic. Three of the state’s 10 traditional budget bills were dropped as of ...

Governor signs bill ending long-term solitary confinement

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to end long-term solitary confinement in state prisons and jails, he announced Thursday. Under the new law, prisons and jails will not be allowed to hold inmates in solitary confinement for more than 15 consecutive days. ...

New York fails to pass state budget by deadline as negotiations continue

ALBANY — The state budget deadline came and went at midnight Thursday without a passed spending plan for New York’s 2021-22 Fiscal Year as negotiations continue to face challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic. Three of the state’s 10 traditional budget bills were dropped as of press ...

New York legalizes pot

New York adults over the age of 21 can now possess and use marijuana — even in public — under a legalization bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though legal sales of recreational-use cannabis won’t start for an estimated 18 months until regulations are set. Passed after ...