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NY open-government expert to pay $15K fine for sexual harassment

ALBANY – Robert Freeman, former director of the state Committee on Open Government, will pay a $15,000 fine to settle claims he systematically sexually harassed women while on the job, including several reporters who sought his advice on public transparency disputes.The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics finalized a settlement agreement Wednesday with Freeman, a nationally renowned… → Read More

UPDATED: NY casinos can reopen at limited capacity

ALBANY – Privately owned casinos in New York will be able to reopen their doors Sept. 9 after a lengthy COVID-19 shutdown that kept them closed since March 16.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state's casino reopening plan Thursday, four days after promising a decision would be coming this week.The casinos will be require to cap their maximum capacity at 25%, while those who enter the facilities… → Read More

NY casinos can reopen Sept. 9 at limited capacity

ALBANY – Privately owned casinos in New York will be able to reopen their doors Sept. 9 after a lengthy COVID-19 shutdown that kept them closed since mid-March.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state's casino reopening plan Thursday, four days after promising a decision would be coming this week.The casinos will be require to cap their maximum capacity at 25%, while those who enter the facilities… → Read More

5 states removed from NY/NJ/CT quarantine order

ALBANY – The list of states subject to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut's COVID-19 travel order just got smaller.Travelers from Arizona, Alaska, Delaware, Maryland and Montana will no longer be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, paring back the list of affected states and territories to 31, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.The three most-populous states —… → Read More

New York attorney general files lawsuit to shut down the NRA

ALBANY – New York state's top legal officer is trying to force the National Rifle Association to shut down, accusing leaders of the powerful gun lobby of wasting millions of dollars on tropical trips, lavish meals and private jets.Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Thursday in state court against the NRA, longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre and three other organizational leaders, laying out… → Read More

D.C., Delaware removed from NY quarantine list; RI added

ALBANY — Travelers from Washington D.C. and Delaware will no longer have to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — at least for this week.The nation's capital and Delaware were removed Tuesday from the tri-state quarantine list Tuesday, which was implemented in late June as the spread of COVID-19 accelerated outside of the Northeast.Rhode Island was… → Read More

NY teen drivers can take 5-hour course online

ALBANY — New York will allow student drivers to take their required pre-licensing course online after many teens were left unable to get their license amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the state will allow the five-hour course to be offered via video-conferencing software like Zoom or Skype to allow student drivers to advance to their driving test.In order to… → Read More

Sorry, bars: 'Cuomo Chips' won't satisfy New York's food order

Sorry, bars and restaurants: You can't get around New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's food-with-alcohol order by offering a bag of chips or a few pieces of cheese.The State Liquor Authority updated its guidance late Tuesday to provide more clarity on Cuomo's order, which prevents bars and restaurants from serving alcoholic beverages to patrons who don't order food first.The order, issued last week, is… → Read More

Layoff notices sent to workers at Vernon Downs, other NY casinos

More than 4,100 casino workers across New York will receive layoff notices this week while the facilities remained shuttered because of the state's COVID- → Read More

Deutsche Bank to pay $150M for dealings with Jeffrey Epstein, foreign banks

ALBANY – Deutsche Bank will pay $150 million in penalties to settle an investigation by New York regulators who found the financial institution → Read More

New York State Fair canceled

ALBANY — The Great New York State Fair will not take place in 2020 because of the ongoing response to the coronavirus.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced → Read More

8 more states could be added to New York quarantine order

ALBANY – Travelers from eight additional states — including California — could soon be added to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut's → Read More

NY, NJ, CT direct out-of-state travelers to quarantine because of COVID-19

ALBANY – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will direct travelers from states with high rates of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival.The Democratic governors of the three states held a joint news conference to announce the new travel advisory, six days after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo first threatened to put it in place.The move comes three months after Florida, Texas, South… → Read More

New York primary: 4 things to know about the results (or lack thereof)

ALBANY – This much we know:As for many of the key congressional, state and local primaries across the state? Results could still be weeks away. → Read More

Coronavirus: Phase 2 of reopening called off — for now

ALBANY — Retail stores, hair salons and barber shops across much of New York had been crafting meticulous plans to reopen their doors to customers Friday after more than two months of coronavirus shutdown.Local government leaders had been preparing for a glimmer of economic hope, telling residents to assume they would receive the all-clear to begin phase two of New York's reopening process.Then… → Read More

Reopening NY: What you need to know about phase 2

New York is set to further ease coronavirus restrictions across much of the state as soon as later this week, allowing retail establishments to open their doors to customers for the first time since mid-March.Five New York regions are expected to soon enter the second of four reopening phases laid out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with hair stylists, barbers and real-estate agents among those who will… → Read More

Coronavirus: Hudson Valley begins reopening process

The Hudson Valley started the state's reopening process Tuesday after all nonessential businesses were shuttered for two months across New York as the → Read More

Coronavirus: Which NY regions can start to reopen?

ALBANY – Certain businesses across much of upstate New York will have the green light to reopen Friday after nearly two months of being forced → Read More

Coronavirus reopening: What you need to know

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday outlined New York's plan for reopening some businesses in several upstate regions with limited coronavirus outbreaks beginning May 15.Yet Cuomo has left key aspects of the reopening to the discretion of local community leaders, prompting questions about everything from which businesses can open to keeping workers safe.New York has been hit harder than any… → Read More

Coronavirus: Mohawk Valley can begin reopening process Friday

ALBANY – At least three New York regions will be allowed to begin the reopening process Friday, clearing the way for some nonessential businesses to open as the spread of the coronavirus continues to slow.The Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier regions have met the necessary benchmarks to enter "Phase 1" of the opening process, which will last for at least two weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo… → Read More