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Cuomo Proposes Name Changes to Two New York City Streets

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants two New York City streets renamed. He petitioned to the Secretary of the Army to rename Stonewall Jackson Drive and General Lee Avenue indicating that they were both leaders in the Confederate Army who fought to protect slavery. He wrote in his letter to the Secretary that “symbols of…

New York Bans Electronic Cigarettes from Schools

New York has now signed a bill outlawing the use of electronic cigarettes at all public and private schools. A report from the state health department says e-cigarette use among high school students nearly doubled between 2014 and 2016. Vaping devices do not contain tobacco, but deliver nicotine to users in liquid form and release…

Final Respects Paid to NY State Trooper Joel Davis

New Yorker’s paid their final respects and laid to rest 36-year-old New York State Trooper Joel Davis over the weekend. Trooper Davis was killed in the line of duty last Sunday night responding to the report of “shots fired” during a domestic dispute near Watertown. Police say he was met in the driveway by 32-year-old…

NYS lawmakers closing in on deals during special session

New York legislators are closing in on a deal to extend sales tax measures for county governments for three years and mayoral control of New York City schools for two years during an extraordinary session called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Besides the legislation, lawmakers are also considering $55 million in flood relief at Lake Ontario…

NYS lawmakers pass bill to provide tax break to craft beverage producers

State lawmakers passed a bill last week to provide a tax break to the craft beverage industry in New York. The State Senate voted to exempt tastings at breweries, cideries and distilleries from sales tax. Currently, only tastings at wineries are exempt from sales tax. The legislation is designed to aid the craft beverage industry that…

Applications now available for Excelsior Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the first year of New York’s Excelsior Scholarship program at state colleges and universities. The online application process runs until July 21st. If accepted, no tuition will be charged at New York state’s two or four year colleges. Applicants must be state residents. attend a state school, take 30…

NY Senate passes bills to train workforce

The New York Senate passed a package of bills yesterday that are designed to boost the state economy by training job seekers and existing employees for the employment opportunities that are currently in demand. The legislation aims to eliminate the skills gap through education investments and the creation of new networks between workers and job…