In a breather for the transgender community, the New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, on Thursday announced to expand and strengthen the anti-discrimination laws in the state for protecting the community from discrimination.
With the move, employers, house owners, creditors and others service providers will be under scanner and at risk of penalties upon being involved in any form of discrimination on grounds of gender identity.
"It is intolerable to allow discrimination of transgender individuals and they are one of the most abused, harassed groups in society today," Cuomo said during a dinner hosted by the Empire State Pride Agenda gay rights group.
According to reports, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking forward to regulations for cooling towers throughout the state after outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx led to death of 10 people. The governor said he is looking forward to a registry of cooling towers in addition to regulations that require building owners to check their towers and treat them with particular chemicals.
Cuomo assured that he will have reforms for a system throughout the state that leads to changes.
He said, “I want to make sure we have a statewide system, statewide protocols. We know where the cooling towers are, we know they're inspected, we set up a protocol for how often they're inspected because obviously leaving it to the authorities and the owners hasn't worked".
Convicted murderer David Sweat who eloped with his partner Richard Matt from an upstate New York maximum-security prison is still in search by hundreds of officers.
Matt and Sweat escaped from the facility in Dannemora on June 6 and police have pledged to continue a massive manhunt to find Sweat.
Although the duo appeared to stick together on their flight from the law authorities, police are hopeful they could find Sweat after encountering Matt.
The development to find Matt started Friday after a man noticed gunfire that hit his camper as he was towing it through Malone. He called police, who investigated near where the man said the camper was hit.
According to a new report by real estate data website RealtyTrac, the number of New York foreclosure auctions that were scheduled in May increased 118% from a year earlier. It indicates that foreclosures, which have been locked in a state of uncertainty for years, are ultimately starting to cross the obstacles.
According to Daren Blomquist, a vice president at RealtyTrac, "Lenders are finally pushing those properties through the foreclosure pipeline and completing the process. Banks have finally gotten their documentation ducks in a row on some of the tough foreclosure cases".
The increase in auctions comes in the middle of huge political pressure to start bringing foreclosures in New York. The city has one of the largest backlogs of felonious home loans of any state.
A new poll revealed that New Yorkers are not feeling very good about the state of ethics in Albany. The poll showed that people expressed their dissatisfaction through approval rating of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The public has given Cuomo a 44% approval rating, which is so far, the lowest for the governor. The results of the poll come after the top lawmakers from the state Senate and Assembly went in the midst of latest ethics scandals and were replaced with other long-term legislators.
A spokesperson for Cuomo didn't reply when asked for comment.
On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo came up with a consumer-focused effort to regulate New York’s nail-salon industry.
He wants that customers should be the first line of defense against nail salons that abuse their workers. Cuomo unveiled about a new public-education campaign and its aim will be to encourage customers at nail salons to ask questions about how workers are treated.
As a part of the campaign, state officials will use social media and a new website. These platforms will be used to distribute pocket cards having the ‘Top Five Things to Ask When Entering a Nail Salon’
A latest report has backed up Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking. It has given details about a wide range of environmental dangers.
Earth justice managing attorney Deborah Goldberg said the Department of Environmental Conservation report has mentioned about a long list of potential dangers from fracking operations, involving blasting millions of gallons of water mixed with hazardous chemicals into the ground.
She said the report has linked earthquakes, bad water and air quality, and risks to our communities to fracking. She added that there really wasn’t any environmental parameter that was not severely affected by fracking.
Industry officials have maintained that the process was safe, and may file suit if the report is accepted.
The nail salon industry has shot to limelight after Governor Cuomo unveiled emergency action for the protection of workers.
A lengthy New York Times investigation has revealed that many workers are paid below minimum wage and sometimes they're not paid at all.
On Sunday, Governor Cuomo has stepped in by issuing an emergency order for the protection of the men and women, who are working in New York nail salons.
Cuomo said, "They're not here legally. They don't have working papers. They have to put food on the table. They have to support a child. So they have to do what they have to do".
The fear of possible contamination of Hudson River, following the Indian Point nuclear power plant transformer fire has surfaced, as it is reported that the explosion on Saturday did leave oil slick into the river.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Sunday that while the transformer fire in itself was not dangerous, it did release thousands of gallons of oil into the Hudson River. Governor Cuomo also informed that the emergency crews near Buchanan are trying to contain and clean up the transformer fluid that leaked from Indian Point 3 into the river. The affected part of a nuclear plant remained offline on Sunday.
On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a 37-point plan to end AIDS in New York by 2020.
He vowed to add the HIV virus to the list of largely vanquished killers such as polio and smallpox and said he would dedicate $10 million in state funds over the next two years.
The details of the proposal have been brought out in a list of recommendations by a task force Cuomo appointed last year.
The suggestions include greater focus on HIV testing, treatment and the use of pre-exposure drugs that can prevent new infections in high-risk groups.
The target is to drop the number of new HIV infections to 750 per year by 2020, compared to the 3,200 cases identified in 2013.
An announcement has been made by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that the state of New York is going to turn off non essential lights in state run buildings with a purpose to help migrating birds navigate routes in spring and autumn.
According to ornithologists, birds become disorientated by electric lights and crash into buildings. An unmistakable glow is there that lights up the Albany skyline every night. For visitors, the lights are an attraction to the largest city on the Hudson River north of Yonkers and for nocturnal migrating birds it is also an attraction but it creates problem for them.
"They fly around in circles around skyscrapers or radio towers and television towers. As a result, a lot of them will crash", said State Museum Curator of Ornithology Jeremy Kirchman.
Since early April, over 160 people have been admitted to hospitals in New York because of a spike in synthetic marijuana use across the state. A warning has been given that it is dangerous and illegal.
According to officials, 120 of the emergency room visits happened in the city between April 8-15 and it's a rise from the average of about 20 per week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said that poison control center calls stemming from synthetic marijuana have increased radically statewide.
"Synthetic drugs are anything but harmless, and this rash of severe health emergencies is direct proof", said Governor Cuomo.
Relaxed regulations have helped the craft beer industry in New York to grow at a significant pace in the recent years. A report released on Thursday has found that the industry in the state has improved 59% between 2013 and 2014.
The state Brewers Association and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation funded report has found that the number of craft breweries has increased by more than double from January 2012 to January 2015. The surge in number of breweries is from 95 to 207.
New Battery Prototyping Center has been opened at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The center, which costs $1.5 million, will be conducting research and working with companies in order to develop next-generation rechargeable batteries for things such as cell phones.
On Friday, state officials helped Rochester Institute of Technology inaugurate the new center. The new centre is related to a larger plan, in which experts look forward to establishing a battery and energy storage hub in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region. The project was sponsored by Empire State Development and other state agencies.
Companies can make use of the new laboratory's equipment in order to conduct their own trials or take help from RIT to carry out the work.
Washington, Dec 25 - Two volunteer firefighters, responding to a house fire in a small US town Monday were shot and killed, when someone opened fire shortly after crews arrived on the scene.
The incident occurred in a small town of Webster, in Rochester city in upstate New York.
Two other firefighters were shot and seriously wounded and an off-duty police officer received a shrapnel wound as he drove by.
It has been reported that state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo kicked off his campaign for New York's governor on Saturday, vowing to mend the state's ethical and financial problems.
The New York Times has reported that Cuomo made the announcement in front of the courthouse named for Boss Tweed, the corrupt political boss of Tammany Hall.
The Times reported that Cuomo told the crowd, "Unfortunately, Albany's antics today could made Boss Tweed blush. Our message today is simple. Enough is enough."