Albany

Getty Images
April 01, 2019 - 9:12 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — The Democrat-controlled New York Senate passed legislation Monday putting the state a step closer to joining seven others where the legal age for buying cigarettes and electronic cigarettes has been raised from 18 to 21. The state Assembly, also controlled by Democrats,...
Read More
AP Photo
March 30, 2019 - 9:10 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New tolls to drive into parts of Manhattan and a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags are two of the biggest proposals poised for approval as New York state lawmakers work to pass a new state budget before a Monday deadline. Other measures expected to be included in the...
Read More
AP Photo
March 20, 2019 - 10:27 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Leaders of the New York state Legislature said Wednesday that they are optimistic a new state budget can be passed before the new fiscal year begins — even though disagreements over key details of the spending plan remain unresolved. Emerging from a closed-door meeting with...
Read More
Getty Images
March 14, 2019 - 2:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — The Democrat-controlled New York Legislature passed its spending plans for the next fiscal year on Wednesday, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled down on his vow to refuse to sign a state budget that doesn't make the 2 percent property tax permanent. The Democrat told an...
Read More
AP Photo
February 28, 2019 - 4:18 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Lawmakers in New York voted to join 41 other states in criminalizing revenge porn Thursday, passing legislation that would make it a misdemeanor to disseminate explicit photos of a person without consent. The measure would also allow victims to file lawsuits against the...
Read More
USA Today Images
January 23, 2019 - 9:39 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend state financial aid to students brought into the country illegally as children, a key liberal priority that had been blocked by Republicans for years until Democrats won control of the state Senate last fall. The so-called Dream...
Read More
January 13, 2019 - 3:50 pm
Albany, NY (WBEN) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said his upcoming executive budget would include a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags in New York state. Cuomo said his budget, which he is scheduled to release Tuesday, would also include a proposal to make most non-alcoholic bottles eligible...
Read More
AP Photo
January 09, 2019 - 9:15 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers opened their 2019 session Wednesday in historic fashion as Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins became the first woman to lead a chamber of the state Legislature. Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers, was tapped as the Senate's majority leader as a record-high 70 women...
Read More
AP Photo
January 09, 2019 - 2:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers are kicking off their 2019 session, a six-month work period expected to be dominated by debates about marijuana legalization, congestion tolls in Manhattan and making it easier to vote. The work gets under way Wednesday when members of the Senate and...
Read More
January 07, 2019 - 1:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Legalized marijuana, sports betting and new traffic tolls in Manhattan are just some of the measures Democrats believe they can push through the New York Legislature in a 2019 session that begins this week with their party in control of both chambers and the governor's...
Read More

Pages