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New York State legislature

Assembly Member Fred Thiele will not seek re-election to seat he’s held for nearly 30 years

by Feb 12, 2024
Assembly Member Fred Thiele, who represents the First Assembly District, has announced he will not seek re-election in November. Thiele, 70, started his career in public service after graduating from law school in 1979.

Former Suffolk legislator Sarah Anker to challenge Anthony Palumbo in First Senate District

by Feb 7, 2024
Former Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker, a Democrat, has announced her candidacy for the First Senate District, where she hopes to unseat incumbent State Senator Anthony Palumbo. 

Palumbo: State Legislature must swiftly pass the Grieving Families Act again in ’24 — and, this time, override a Hochul veto

by Jan 28, 2024
The Grieving Families Act would bring New York State’s wrongful death statute into the modern era, providing families who have lost a child or loved one the ability to seek damages for their pain and suffering in cases where wrongful death is established.

Bill authorizing Suffolk County wastewater district and 1/8% county sales tax hike, subject to mandatory referendum, is signed into law

by May 4, 2023
Legislation authorizing a county-wide wastewater management district in Suffolk and an additional 1/8-cent sales tax to finance a water quality restoration fund was enacted this week in Albany.

Tentative $229 billion budget deal fully funds foundation aid to schools, raises minimum wage and limits MTA payroll tax hike to...

by Apr 28, 2023
The “conceptual agreement with legislative leaders will allow both houses to begin adopting bills to implement the 2024 budget.

State’s ‘future of LIPA’ commission to hold public hearing on the East End Friday

by Jan 14, 2023
The state Commission on the Future of the LIPA will hold a public hearing Friday at 11 a.m. in Southampton. The hearing will be live-streamed. The commission was established last year to develop an action plan to make LIPA a true public power authority.

State ban on pet sales by retail stores is signed into law by governor, will take effect in 2024

by Dec 15, 2022
A ban on the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits by retail pet stores will take effect in 2024 in New York State under a bill signed into law today by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

State lawmakers move to codify abortion rights in state constitution after overturning of Roe v. Wade

by Jul 5, 2022
State lawmakers are moving ahead with codifying abortion rights into the New York State Constitution, after the U.S. Supreme Court last month overturned the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade, which held a woman's right to an abortion was guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. 

New York enacts most sweeping gun control legislation since the SAFE Act of 2013

by Jun 7, 2022
In the closing days of the legislative session, Democrats passed New York’s most sweeping gun-control measures since the SAFE Act in 2013. Republicans in both chambers, including State Sen. Anthony Palumbo and Assembly Member Jodi Giglio, opposed most of the gun-control bills signed into law yesterday by the governor.

Palumbo is running for State Senate

by Jan 29, 2020
Republican incumbent Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo of New Suffolk has announced his candidacy for the State Senate seat held by Republican Sen. Ken LaValle for 44 years.