New York legislative session ends with finger-pointing over missed opportunities

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square contributor/June 11th, 2021 (The Center Square) – The New York Legislature ended its 2021 session early Friday morning

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Current staffer becomes 8th woman to accuse Cuomo of inappropriate behavior

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square contributor/March 19th, 2021 (The Center Square) – A new accuser has come forward in the ongoing sexual harassment scandal tied to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Friday, a current staffer came forward with a series of allegations against the leader facing numerous calls to resign over similar

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Op-Ed: Gov. Cuomo solicited millions in campaign cash from state vendors

Adam Andrzejewski | OpentheBooks.com via RealClearWire/March 12th, 2021 Soliciting state contractors for campaign cash opens up New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ethical questions. Our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com found 347 state vendors that gave $6.2 million in political donations to Cuomo over a six-year period (2014-2019). Meanwhile, these companies reaped $7 billion in state payments. We reached

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Stimulus bill in U.S. Senate poised to drive more than $23.5 billion to New York state, local governments

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square contributor / March 5th, 2021 (The Center) – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on Thursday that the body will vote on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus plan in the coming days, passage of which would send tens of billions of dollars in support to his home state

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Schumer pushes for financial aid for struggling New York restaurants

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square contributor / February 22nd, 2021 (The Center Square) – In New York City on Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the restaurant industry suffering from the COVID-19 crisis has his full attention. The New York Democrat said he plans a restaurant relief fund like the RESTAURANTS Act

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Vaccine eligibility in New York to expand again despite limited supply

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square/February 9th, 2021 (The Center Square) – Starting this weekend, New York will allow individuals with comorbidities or other preexisting conditions to begin registering for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. However, state officials preached Monday that residents will need to be patient as they try to get a shot.

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Judge orders Cuomo administration to release data on New York’s COVID-19-linked nursing home deaths

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square/February 3rd, 2021 (The Center Square) – A New York Supreme Court justice has given state officials five days to turn over complete data on nursing home deaths from COVID-19.

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Updated: New York City restaurants get OK to open earlier for indoor dining on Valentine’s Day

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square/January 29th, 2021 (The Center Square) – New York City restaurants got the news they’ve been pining for more than six weeks on Friday, but they’ll still have to wait before they can reopen. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said they will be able to reopen on Valentine’s Day February 12th, at 25

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Cuomo deflects blame for slow vaccine rollout, says federal government not doing its part

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square, Jan 15, 2021 (The Center Square) – Facing mounting criticism about the state’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution program, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the federal government has bungled the entire process. After being told by Washington the state would get 300,000 doses weekly, Cuomo said the state received only

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