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New York Dem Chair believes party’s incumbents will hold off challengers

New York Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs doesn’t believe the far-left energy in parts of New York City has spread widely across the state. Speaking Thursday morning at the Business Council of New Y…
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Out of prison, ex-Bronx assemblyman eyes old seat

Ex-Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, who was convicted in 2014 of taking more than $20,000 in bribes, is formally looking to return to his old seat. According to state Board of Elections records, Ste…
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A.M. Roundup: Cuomo gives up controversial license plate plan

Good morning. Some say that you can judge the state of society by the food people are consuming. If the latest KFC product — a sandwich with a chicken fillet between two glazed doughnuts — gives any …
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Senator decries selective implementation of 9/11 school remembrances

Sen. Robert Ortt says the limited implementation of a new law requiring a moment of silence in schools to remember the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 was a “disservice” to those who died. The Buffa…
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Stefanik and Delgado oppose potential chocolate milk ban in New York City schools

A bipartisan group of six New York representatives are urging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to oppose a ban on flavored milk in New York City schools. The letter opposing the ban comes after the…
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College students have a new voice in state government

Attorney Winston Berkman-Breen will serve as the first student advocate and director of consumer advocacy for the state Department of Financial Services. In the new role, Berkman-Breen will be a voic…
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Read: Lax oversight of state’s $58M IBM deal, audit finds

New York’s technology services agency has provided adequate oversight of outside consulting contracts, but a notable exception has been its monitoring of a controversial IBM call center that was part…
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Decreased opposition to driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

Opposition to a policy allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses has softened since March, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll. The measure still has a net unfavora…
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A.M. Roundup: Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren

Good morning. Is it spring or… fall? With the weather this week, it will be hard to tell. (TU) Here’s your roundup: The Working Families Party is putting its name behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the …
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AG Tish James says Purdue Pharma bankruptcy filing is not a shock

New York Attorney General Letitia James says it’s not a shock that Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy Monday “Purdue's…
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Working Families Party backs Warren for president

The liberal Working Families Party is throwing its weight behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the Democratic primary for president. The national group, which backed Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016, said in a…
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A.M. Roundup: NY bans flavored e-cigarettes after ’emergency order’

Good morning — and happy Monday. If you can get through the day, the sun will be your treat for the rest of the week. (TU) Here’s your roundup: Hurricane Dorian swept through parts of Florida and Nor…
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After criticism, JCOPE ramps up probe of alleged rape survivor

In the wake of protests at Tuesday’s meeting of the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, the panel escalated its probe of alleged rape victim Kat Sullivan for potential lobbying violations. Since…
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A.M. Roundup: Child Victims Act puts dioceses across state in financial trouble

Good morning. It’s Friday the 13th and there’s plenty of spooky fun to be had in the Capital Region this weekend. (TU) Here’s your roundup: The vast majority of the cases involving the Child Victims …
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Extended background check period for gun purchases takes effect

A new law expanding the time to perform a background check for a firearm purchase in New York took effect Thursday. Previously, a weapons purchase could proceed after three days even if a background …
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