Current director to lead new state Veterans Department

Current director to lead new state Veterans Department

New York veterans will soon access their programs or earned benefits under one state agency with a familiar face at the helm. The current state Division of Veterans’ Services will be elevated to the Department of Veterans’ Services on April 1, 2023, creating a one-stop shop for New York’s service members. “No one who served … Read more

Hudson Valley congressman enters New York City primary

Hudson Valley congressman enters New York City primary

A New York City congressional race that already includes former Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting more crowded with Hudson Valley Rep. Mondaire Jones announcing Saturday that he’s also running for the seat. Shortly after the final congressional district maps were released to the public early Saturday morning, Jones surprised many by tweeting: “I have … Read more

Police could have used New York’s Red Flag law to stop the Buffalo shooting suspect

Police could have used New York’s Red Flag law to stop the Buffalo shooting suspect

The Buffalo shooting suspect who reportedly threatened a murder-suicide less than a year before he shot 13 people, killing 10, at a Tops supermarket on Saturday may have been prohibited from acquiring the firearm he used in the massacre – if law enforcement had pursued the Protections available under the state’s Red Flag Law. Per … Read more

Exclusive: Chipotle workers file for HERO Act safety committees

Exclusive: Chipotle workers file for HERO Act safety committees

Workers from at least two different Chipotles are putting the New York HERO Act to one of its first major tests, requesting the formation of workplace safety committees as the law permits. But they say they’ve faced resistance in their first attempt, and are bracing for more resistance as other locations are expected to make … Read more

How the draft redistricting maps shake up New York politics

How the draft redistricting maps shake up New York politics

It was not long after the release of the draft maps by court special appointed master Jonathan Cervas on Monday that Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced his bid for a newly drawn House district in the Hudson Valley. The only problem? It’s likely the same district fellow Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones will run this … Read more

Special master releases new New York congressional maps

Special master releases new New York congressional maps

The court-appointed special master tasked with drawing New York’s new congressional and state Senate maps released a preliminary draft of the new congressional boundaries Monday the state will have for the next decade. Carnegie Mellon University Fellow Jonathan Cervas as special master drew lines for the state’s 26 House seats, with 15 leaning Democratic, three … Read more

Parents should engage kids on extremism: experts

Parents should engage kids on extremism: experts

The mass shooting at a Buffalo, NY, supermarket on Saturday is highlighting long standing concerns among experts and authorities about the violent power of racist extremism in the US to destroy the sense of peace and safety in nonwhite communities, and inflict fear across a fragile American society. The shooting, carried out in a predominantly … Read more

Court-appointed master releases New York state Senate lines

Court-appointed master releases New York state Senate lines

A court-appointed special master released New York’s new state Senate district lines Monday, releasing a draft plan for the next decade that will lean Democratic for more than half of the upper house. Jonathan Cervas, of the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carneige Mellon University, reconfigured the state’s 63 Senate seats from the Legislature’s … Read more

A timeline on New York’s chaotic redistricting process

A timeline on New York’s chaotic redistricting process

Within hours after the state Legislature approved new redistricting maps for the Assembly, Senate and Congress in January, the election process was thrown into chaos with the filing of a Republican-backed lawsuit claiming the maps were unfairly drawn in Democrats’ favor. Since then, the lawsuit, along with subsequent legal actions involving courts from the local … Read more

What could still get passed in the New York legislative session?

What could still get passed in the New York legislative session?

State lawmakers are set to break for the year in less than a month, with the last scheduled session day on the calendar for June 2. And like most years, they still have a fair amount of work to get done with just a handful of days to do it Advocates and activists have flooded … Read more