Empire State Weekly Gun Executive Order and New Laws and New York City Primaries Reaction

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York is taking three new actions to cut down on an increase in gun violence across the state, including two new laws and a sweeping executive order. Governor Cuomo says that first-in-the nation “disaster emergency” order will streamline the process of getting funding to communities, to prevent gun violence. There … Read more

Empire State Weekly Lee Zeldin presumptive nominee, Cuomo & Trump Investigation Updates

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York republicans have picked Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-1st District) as their Presumptive Gubernatorial Nominee, to represent the party in next year’s election. The Long Island Congressman had been considered the frontrunner for the pick in recent weeks and months. The title is an informal one, as Zeldin won’t be able … Read more

Zeldin talks gubernatorial run and New York’s future

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-1st District) has been chosen by New York Republicans as the presumptive nominee to represent the party in next year’s gubernatorial election. Zeldin earned 85% of votes in a straw poll of county leaders Monday, making him the clear frontrunner. Other Republicans have said they still … Read more

Empire State Weekly State of Emergency Ended and Primary Results Fallout

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York’s 15-month-old COVID-19 State of Emergency has now come to an end, marking another major milestone in the state’s recovery from the pandemic. This means Governor Cuomo no longer has the ability to issue any executive orders related to the pandemic, something Republicans had been pushing for for some time. … Read more

Time to work: Rochester’s new mayor-to-be Malik Evans ready to get started

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester City Councilmember Malik Evans held a press conference on Wednesday after he defeated Incumbent Mayor Lovely Warren in the Democratic primary election Tuesday. “I want to thank Mayor Warren for her classy concession speech last night,” Evans said. “I look forward to working with her over the next six months … Read more

Empire State Weekly Most Restrictions Rolled Back & Primaries Preview

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York has reached a historic milestone: 70% of adults have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The milestone means most remaining milestones have been lifted, with exceptions for schools, large indoor venues, public transportation, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and nursing homes and health care facilities. The … Read more

Early voting information for New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Early voting started across New York on June 12 and will continue until June 20. Primary Day is June 22. Election Protection Hotline available for early voting It’s too late for New York voters to change their party affiliations in time to vote in the primaries, but there are important dates … Read more

Empire State Weekly Upcoming Restrictions Loosened, Mask Mandate Confusion, and Legislative Session Recap

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York is on the verge of reaching a major milestone in the battle against COVID-19: 70% vaccination. Governor Cuomo says the state will be rolling back “virtually all” pandemic restrictions, once enough adults get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which could happen any day now. One of … Read more

Some Capitol rioters claim election misinformation defense

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Falsehoods about the election helped bring insurrectionists to the Capitol on Jan. 6, and now some who are facing criminal charges for their actions during the riot hope their gullibility might save them or at least engender some sympathy. GOP blocks bipartisan probe of deadly Jan. 6 riot at Capitol Lawyers … Read more

Empire State Weekly Mask & Social Distancing Requirements Loosened and School Budget Votes Recap

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) —New York has taken two major steps in moving forward from the COVID-19 pandemic – adopting the CDC’s guidance on masks, and loosening many restrictions. The moves both came on the same day Wednesday, a welcome sight for people across the state who’ve been hoping for some good news, as we move … Read more