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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 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. 

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.

Bills that made it to the finish line in the frenzied last days of state legislative session

by Jun 24, 2019
Here are 15 bills of interest passed by both chambers during the frenzied closing days of the state legislative session in Albany.

State leaders announce budget deal

by Mar 31, 2019
The $175.5 billion budget deal includes a permanent 2-percent property tax cap, an additional $1 billion in education funding, tolls on Manhattan streets and criminal justice reforms. It does not include the governor’s proposal to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana.

In Albany, a new landscape awaits New York’s longest-serving senator

by Jan 15, 2019
For only the second time since his election to the New York State Senate in 1976, Sen. Ken LaValle returns to Albany as a member of that chamber’s minority party.

Budgets approved by both State Senate and Assembly would dramatically increase funding to combat heroin epidemic

by Mar 16, 2016
State lawmakers look to increase by up to 40 percent spending to combat the escalating heroin crisis in New York.