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Mental health providers join call for federal pandemic aid

ALBANY – Mental health and substance abuse service providers have joined the chorus of calls to federal lawmakers to provide financial relief to state and local governments in light of millions of dollars in state payments being withheld. Service providers ...

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New York assemblyman interfered with inquiry, report finds

ALBANY – Queens Assemblyman Michael Miller interfered with an Assembly Ethics Committee investigation into whether Miller harassed or discriminated against a female employee in his office, according to a committee letter released on Thursday. An outside investigator hired by the ...

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New York AG files suit to dissolve NRA

New York Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday said her office was filing a lawsuit to force the dissolution of the National Rifle Association. James accused the organization of illegal conduct for diverting millions of dollars from the NRA’s charitable ...

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New York cracking down on health care providers charging patient fees

ALBANY – New York is cracking down on health care providers who may be charging patient fees for personal protective equipment and other charges related to increased costs from the coronavirus. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, citing additional financial burdens on ...

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Cuomo takes over as chair of National Governors Association

ALBANY – Still reeling from the response to and ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, governors nationwide will focus on the recovery and revival of America in the coming year. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said his focus as chairman of the ...

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Advocates, officials worry about immigrants not being counted in U.S. census

ALBANY — As the deadline to complete the 2020 census rapidly approaches, and with billions of federal dollars at stake, Capital Region officials and immigration advocates are concerned about turnout from historically undercounted populations — particularly undocumented immigrants following a ...

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Gillibrand: Dems could use COVID bill to extend Census count

WASHINGTON — Democrats are examining legislative options to force the U.S. Census Bureau to reverse its decision to end all counting efforts in September, a month earlier than planned. “We should include language in the next COVID bill,” U.S. Sen. ...

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Dems, GOP ‘slogging’ closer to coronavirus relief deal

WASHINGTON — Every day for over a week, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., has spent hours huddled in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., with Pelosi, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff ...

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Isaias slightly strengthens

Vero Beach, Fla. Bands of heavy rain from Isaias lashed Florida’s east coast Sunday, with the tropical storm strengthening slightly in the evening on its way up the Eastern seaboard. Officials dealing with surging cases of the coronavirus in Florida ...

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Capitol Insider: Advocates say more reforms needed to support people of color

ALBANY – As the Black Lives Matter movement picks up momentum, racial justice advocates say more must be done to address the mass incarceration of people of color in New York. Advocates and lawmakers say the criminal justice reforms passed ...

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