NY lawmakers want to hit brakes on a Thruway toll hike

NY lawmakers want to hit brakes on a Thruway toll hike

New York lawmakers want to thwart potential toll increases at the state Thruway for the first time in more than a decade.  But those in the construction industry, as well as the Thruway Authority itself, believe the hikes are necessary in order to shore up aging infrastructure on the 496-mile system.  The Thruway Authority’s board … Read more

New York health commissioner Mary Bassett to resign

New York health commissioner Mary Bassett to resign

New York state Health Commissioner Mary Bassett will resign on Jan. 1, marking a departure of the highest-profile member of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s cabinet before she starts her new four-year term.  In a statement, Bassett said she plans to return to the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.  “This was a very difficult decision. I … Read more

‘When cab drivers are talking about it…’ How Republicans turned out in huge numbers for the NY midterms

‘When cab drivers are talking about it…’ How Republicans turned out in huge numbers for the NY midterms

Republicans turned out to vote this year in record numbers for a midterm election in New York. While it still wasn’t enough to clinch statewide office, the GOP managed to run the closest gubernatorial race in decades and picked up several previously Democratic seats. For a party on the brink of obsolescence just a few … Read more

New York schools slow in spending federal aid

New York schools slow in spending federal aid

Schools in New York havve been slow to spend federal aid sent to them in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an anlysis released by an education advocacy organization on Tuesday found.  The report released by the New York Equity Coalition found school districts as of August 2022 have spent less than 10% of funding … Read more

New York advocates push the “All-Electric Building Act”

New York advocates push the “All-Electric Building Act”

During a media briefing on Monday, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) stated that it expects wholesale electricity prices to sharply rise this winter, which is in line with estimates from National Grid and other utilities. Upstate New Yorkers can expect heating bills to rise 30% or more over the next few months. Heating … Read more

Buffalo grocery store mass shooter pleads guilty to murder and terrorism charges

Buffalo grocery store mass shooter pleads guilty to murder and terrorism charges

CNN  —  The man accused of killing 10 people and injuring more than a dozen at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty Monday to state charges of murder, domestic terrorism, and attempted murder as a hate crime. Payton Gendron, a 19-year-old White man, pleaded guilty Monday to … Read more

More than 3,500 US flights delayed Sunday as major storm system hampers travel

More than 3,500 US flights delayed Sunday as major storm system hampers travel

New York CNN  —  A severe weather system across several parts of the United States has prompted the three major airports servicing New York City to urge passengers to arrive early for flights on what is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year. As of Sunday afternoon, 3,507 flights into, … Read more

E. Jean Carroll sues Trump for battery and defamation as lookback window for adult sex abuse survivors’ suits opens in New York

E. Jean Carroll sues Trump for battery and defamation as lookback window for adult sex abuse survivors’ suits opens in New York

CNN  —  Ex-magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll sued former President Donald Trump for battery and defamation under a new New York law that allows adults alleging sexual assault to bring claims years after the attack. Carroll filed the lawsuit Thursday, the first day that civil lawsuits can be brought under the new law, the Adult … Read more

Lawsuits expected as window for sexual abuse claims opens under New York adult survivors act

Lawsuits expected as window for sexual abuse claims opens under New York adult survivors act

New York CNN  —  Adult survivors of sexual abuse now can sue their abusers in New York – even if the statute of limitations on their claims has expired – under a state law that goes into effect Thursday. The new law gives adult survivors of sexual assault one year to file lawsuits against their … Read more