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New York State legislature

LaValle, Palumbo blast one-house budget bills passed by legislature

The Democratic-majority state legislature has passed one-house budget bills opposed by the Republican members of the East End delegation.

In Albany last week: Votes cast by local state lawmakers on bump stocks, waiting periods, guns in schools and more

Last week in Albany, lawmakers passed a comprehensive gun safety package that included legislation to ban bump stocks, strengthen background checks, further limit firearm possession on school grounds and to create extreme risk protection orders. 

In Albany last week: Votes cast by local state lawmakers on abortion, birth control, DREAM act and teacher evaluations

Below are the bills that passed in both chambers of the State Legislature last week (Jan. 21-25) and how our local lawmakers — State...

New year, new laws in New York: What they are and how they affect you

Highlights: the minimum wage rises to $9 per hour ($9.75 for fast food workers); the business income tax rate drops, a small business income tax credit expands, property tax exemptions for veterans can be increased by towns, breastfeeding mothers have the 'right to pump' at work, and seven of the eight items in the state's "women's equality agenda" take effect.