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  • NEW YORK— A former member of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's staff will take over as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's vice chairman, the highest New York- appointed position on the powerful bistate agency. Chris Christie, would shift if New Jersey legislators pass a reform bill that would echo one passed by New York lawmakers and establish a rotating...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York's Legislature has given its final approval to exempting tampons and other feminine hygiene products from state sales taxes. Andrew Cuomo says he'll sign it into law. Democratic Assembly member Linda Rosenthal says the bill isn't limited to those items and would exempt future menstrual products.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— A state oversight board controlled by the New York Legislature and Democratic Gov. The $750 million SolarCity plant being built with public funds is nearing completion and the money being considered by the board is believed to be the balance of the state's commitment to not only build the million-square-foot factory, but fit it out with...

  • The New York Power Authority said SunEdison's move into bankruptcy court protection last month means the agency has to find at least one other company to join SolarCity as a contractor for the "K-Solar" initiative. The companies had been given territory as recommended contractors by the authority, with SunEdison to handle work in western and central New York...

  • NEW YORK— There are some nifty features on New York City's sleek new fleet of more than 2,000 buses, the first of which began hitting the streets this past week. Nationwide, collisions between pedestrians and city buses result in roughly one pedestrian death every 10 days, according to an estimate from the Amalgamated Transit Union, which blamed blind spots...

  • Andrew Cuomo pitched a new big-projects agency as a way to help smooth the way for massive state construction like the planned $29 billion mass transit overhaul in New York City, but critics worry about a power grab by the famously hands-on leader. The new state budget recently signed by Cuomo creates the Design and Construction Corp., a three-member panel to be...

  • NEW YORK— An estimated 150,000 commuters into and out of New York's famed Grand Central Terminal faced crippling delays Wednesday, one day after a raging fire broke out beneath elevated train tracks in the city, officials said. The blaze Tuesday night at a garden center underneath Metro-North tracks north of the station in Manhattan's East Harlem section...

  • The New York Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of Crispin Hernandez, who said he lost his job in September at Mark Farms, a large dairy farm in upstate New York where he worked for three years. The lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in Albany against Cuomo and the state of New York seeks to provide farmworkers the right to organize without fear of...

  • NEW YORK, May 5- The New York State Department of Financial Services has approved the application of Gemini Trust Company, founded by investors Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, to trade digital currency ether on its bitcoin exchange, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday. Trading on ether will begin on Monday, May 9, said Cameron Winklevoss, Gemini's...

  • JACKSON, Miss., April 6- Executives of several major U.S. corporations urged Mississippi on Wednesday to repeal a new state law that allows businesses to deny wedding services to same-sex couples on religious grounds. The measure, which also permits employers to cite principles of faith in setting workplace policies on dress code, grooming and bathroom access,...

  • April 5- Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed a far-reaching law allowing people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples and protecting other actions considered discriminatory by gay rights activists. Mississippi is the latest state drawing national protest for a law seen as anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

  • NEW YORK, April 4- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into law a minimum wage increase that takes a two-tier approach, setting a higher $15 per hour minimum for New York City and its environs and a lower legal minimum for less-costly areas. California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday also signed into law a plan to raise the minimum wage from $10 to $15 an...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 4- California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill gradually raising the minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour by the year 2023, making the nation's most-populous state the first to boost pay to that level for the working poor. In New York on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will eventually raise the minimum wage in...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 4- California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday was expected to sign into a law a plan to raise the minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour by the year 2023, making the nation's most-populous state the first to boost pay to that level for the working poor. The bill marks the culmination of a deal Brown brokered with labor leaders and state Democratic...

  • April 1- A plan that would require New York state banks to adopt rigorous measures to prevent laundering and terrorist financing conflicts with U.S. laws and may hinder existing efforts, a bank trade group told regulators. The requirement, which could trigger criminal penalties for compliance officers who file false or incorrect certifications about their...

  • ALBANY, New York, March 31- Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached a deal on Thursday to raise New York state's minimum wage towards $15 per hour, but fell short of a uniform state-wide increase. The deal outlines a faster rise in New York City, but carves out a slow lane for small businesses and surrounding counties. In less prosperous areas...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- New York state's governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced late on Thursday an agreement on a 2016-17 state budget that includes a plan to increase minimum wage toward $15 per hour and introduce paid family leave.

  • ALBANY, New York, March 31- Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached a tentative deal on Thursday to raise New York state's minimum wage towards $15 per hour but fell short of a uniform state-wide increase, lawmakers said. Phil Steck, a Democratic Party Assembly member, said that under the terms of the deal the minimum wage would rise from its...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 31- A plan to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 passed both houses of the state legislature on Thursday, putting the state on track to become the first in the nation to commit to such a large pay hike for the working poor. A proposal to raise the minimum wage in parts of New York state to $15 was announced Thursday by Governor...

  • ALBANY, New York, March 31- Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached a tentative deal on Thursday to raise New York state's minimum wage towards $15 per hour but fell short of a uniform state-wide increase, lawmakers said. Phil Steck, a Democratic Party assembly member, said that under the terms of the deal the minimum wage would rise from its...