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

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

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

State Assembly committee advances New York Health Act

State Assembly committee advances New York Health Act

Assembly Democrats in the Codes Committee voted along party lines Tuesday to advance the New York Health Act to establish a statewide single-payer health care system, but not without challenges by Republicans. Democrats in the 21-member committee, excluding Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, of Brighton Beach, voted to send the measure to the Ways and Means Committee … Read more

NY advocates, pols push law to improve hospital transparency

NY advocates, pols push law to improve hospital transparency

New York lawmakers and health care providers rallied in the state Capitol on Monday to push the Legislature to pass a law to help New Yorkers determine which hospital provides the treatment they need in the last two weeks of session. The Healthcare Transparency Act, sponsored by state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a Democrat from Queens, … Read more

NY lawmakers push funding abortion providers, nonprofits

NY lawmakers push funding abortion providers, nonprofits

New York Attorney General Letitia James and state lawmakers introduced legislation Monday to create a new program within the state Health Department to increase funding to abortion providers and nonprofit organizations as the US Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade hangs in balance. James, a Democrat, announced the legislation at her office in … Read more