Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Democratic N.Y. State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
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The New York state Legislature is scheduled to end its session in mid June. Lawmakers have a long list of criminal justice priorities that they hope to finish before then.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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The New York state Legislature for the first time rescinded some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions that were put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including an unpopular rule that prohibited bars and restaurants from serving alcohol unless the customer also ordered food.

Cuomo, Lawmakers Reach $212 Billion State Budget Deal

Apr 7, 2021
The New York Capitol Building in Albany
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Democrats in New York have come to an agreement on this year’s state budget, which will total $212 billion in spending and accomplish several legislative items, including the legalization of online sports betting and a new fund for workers excluded from unemployment benefits.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at his offices in New York, Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
Brendan McDermid / Associated Press

With one week to go before the state budget deadline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are at odds over key points of the spending plan, including whether to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations by $7 billion.

Democratic N.Y. State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Mike Groll / AP

New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said she’s determined to steer the Legislature through budget negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo, even though the governor has ignored her calls for him to resign over a sexual harassment scandal.

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