New York State

Flu is prevalent in New York state, health department says

Have you had a flu shot yet? You might want to swing by your local pharmacy, because influenza is officially prevalent in New York state, health officials announced Wednesday. State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declared on Wednesday that the flu in New York is now "...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 4:32pm

New York 2018 midterm election: Cuomo, Rose win; James, Ocasio-Cortez projected winners

While it was too early at press time to say a historic “blue wave” did indeed sweep the nation two years into President Trump's administration, New York state made history of its own during the midterm elections on Tuesday — and we're not talking about the influx of...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:29pm

Your guide to the New York midterm elections

The midterm elections are Tuesday, and with Republicans’ majority in Congress possibly at stake — and voter turnout seeing an uptick in the primaries — Nov. 6 could be one of the most important days in U.S. history. Many governorships, all 435 House of Representatives seats and...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:47pm

Cuomo and Molinaro agree to face off in debate Tuesday night

For the first time since 2010, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will face a general-election challenger in a one-on-one debate. The incumbent agreed to debate Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro on Tuesday, exactly two weeks before the 2018 Election Day. Cuomo is seeking a third term in...

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 10:57am

New York’s register to vote deadline is here — be ready for 2018 midterm elections

With the 2018 midterm elections just over three weeks away, the last day to register to vote in the state of New York is upon us. That’s right, if you want to make your voice heard at the polls in the coming 2018 midterm elections on Nov. 6, you have until Friday, Oct. 12 to register to vote...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 3:26pm

Here’s how Cynthia Nixon has already one upped Cuomo

Ahead of Thursday’s New York Democratic primary, Cynthia Nixon already has a big win over rival Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  “Nixon has already succeeded in forcing Cuomo to tack to the left,” said Patrick J. Egan, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies at NYU...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:01am

Record sealing breaks stigma of past convictions, but many eligible aren’t applying

“Jane,” who is in her 30s, has not had an easy time finding a job since a drug sale conviction in New York City in her late teens. But thanks to the state’s record sealing legislation, the life she’s always imagined is now within reach. “Searching for jobs was an...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

McDonald’s across New York getting $320 million makeover

McDonald's is getting a makeover. The company announced Tuesday that it and its franchisees will invest approximately $320 million this year and next to construct and modernize 360 locations across the state of New York. As part of the company’s national, $6 billion initiative to...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 1:07pm

New York voter registration deadline is Aug. 19 for primary election

With the state primary exactly one month away, you have only a few more days to beat the New York voter registration deadline to ensure your voice will be heard. The state’s primary election will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, and the New York voter registration deadline is this Sunday. To be...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 11:57am

A look back at Lyft’s first year operating across New York state

June 29 marks the one-year anniversary of Lyft’s expansion outside New York City, where it has been operating since 2014, into the rest of the Empire State. The milestone comes on the heels of Lyft announcing earlier this year that it has doubled its rides over the course of the past 12...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 10:05am

Marijuana legalization could bring $335M in city tax revenue: Stringer

As the debate over marijuana legalization wages on in New York state, a new analysis by city Comptroller Scott Stringer estimates that the potential adult-use marijuana market could bring in as much as $436 million in tax revenue for the city alone. Using data from Colorado and Washington state,...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:27am

Interim AG named after Schneiderman resigns; city pols react

An interim replacement has been named following the resignation of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after an article in The New Yorker accused him of physically abusing four women. State Solicitor General Barbara Underwood will be acting AG, according to a tweet from AG press...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:49pm

Queens 3rd grader wins statewide Google Doodle contest

A third grader from Queens has won a statewide Google Doodle contest with her artwork based on the competition’s “What inspires me” prompt, Google announced Friday. Aspiring doctor Chloe Chan of PS 188Q Kingsbury in Flushing won Google hardware for her winning artwork entitled...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 10:32am

Old Tappan Zee Bridge to become artificial reef off Long Island

For more than 60 years, the original Tappan Zee Bridge served as a connector over a New York waterway, and now parts of the still-being-demolished structure are heading under the surface to become part of an artificial reef off Long Island. Starting this week, concrete and steel from the original...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:17am

New York AG holding gun buyback in White Plains

In his continued efforts to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence, state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Wednesday announced his office will hold a gun buyback in White Plains on Friday. The gun buyback will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mount Hope AME Zion Church at 65 Lake...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 12:21pm

NYC politicians, transit advocates react to Cuomo’s 2019 state budget

Some New York City politicians and transit advocates are speaking their minds about the $168 billion 2019 budget that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers passed late Friday night. The budget includes a $2.75 surcharge on for-hire vehicles, $2.50 for yellow cabs and $0.75 pooled rides below 96th...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 11:53am

New York moves to offset federal tax changes in $168 billion budget deal

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature agreed late on Friday on a $168 billion budget for fiscal 2019, including measures aimed at offsetting damage to taxpayers from new federal tax changes. Cuomo outlined details of the agreement a few hours before the Senate and Assembly voted to...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 8:51am

With tax day approaching, AG warns of scams

With tax day quickly approaching, New Yorkers should be on high alert to avoid tax scams, warns state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Such cons his office receives complaints about include scammers impersonating Treasury Department, IRS and other government officials or using falsified...

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 10:53am

A case for, and against, vaping in New York City's public spaces

Fourteen years after New York banned the use of tobacco products at public indoor spaces across the state, their electronic substitute is following suit. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation that adds electronic cigarettes, also known as vapes, to the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act...

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:55am

16 types of drugs found in Hudson River water: Study

Hudson River water is teeming with dissolved pharmaceuticals that may have been excreted or flushed down the drain, a new study from the journal Water Research found. “Some levels are high enough that you could be concerned about fish and other aquatic organisms,” said Andrew Juhl, one...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:15am