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Legislation pertaining to COVID-19 and election law was delivered Friday to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Two Democratic New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have introduced a bill to help state and local governments save money. It would be by offering early retirement to public employees.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers to increase food donations to food pantries and similar nonprofits.

NYS Will Begin A Study of Property Tax Exemptions

Dec 4, 2020
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to launch the study of real property tax exemptions. Hudson Valley lawmakers were the prime sponsors of the bill they say could results in changes in tax status and savings for residents and municipalities.

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A number of New York state assemblymembers recently called on the state to reverse funding cuts to the intellectual and developmental disability community. They say that even though funding is especially strained across the board because of COVID-19, the developmental disability community cannot afford the cuts.

Hudson Valley Democratic Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has long advocated for the developmental disability community.

“We have gone from benign neglect to active abandonment of people with disabilities,” Abinanti says. “And it’s all about money. It’s all about money.”

Shared-Use Path On Mario Cuomo Bridge Is Open

Jun 15, 2020
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A shared-use path across the Hudson River that has been years in the making opened Monday. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 2 p.m. opening on the bridge named for his late father.

A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to keep local news on cable TV.

Now that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Westchester County Property Taxpayer Protection Act, the county executive is rolling out a plan to implement it. The measure allows for a sales-tax increase, bringing Westchester’s rate in line with nearby counties and cities within the county.

NYS Assemblyman Urges Gov To Sign Library Bill

Dec 7, 2018
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A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a library shared services bill.

Two New York state lawmakers are renewing their call for a mandated study on rail crossings. The Democrats were at a crossing recently in Rockland County, where a pedestrian was struck and killed by a train.

Two Democratic state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are calling on the Thruway Authority to cancel its contract extension with the company that operates New York’s cashless tolling system. They say the company’s operation at the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge has resulted in residents being charged unreasonable penalties and fines.

NYC DEP Plans Major Westchester Project

Jul 16, 2018
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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has announced plans for a major tunneling project in Westchester County. It will be New York City’s largest water-supply tunneling effort in Westchester since the 1940s.

NYS Assembly Begins Interviews For Interim AG

May 15, 2018

New York state Assembly members are interviewing candidates Tuesday for interim attorney general, following the resignation of Eric Schneiderman last week amid sexual abuse allegations. The appointment would run until the end of the year.

HV State Lawmakers To DOT: Submit Rail Crossings Study

Mar 16, 2018
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Two state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are wondering why New York’s transportation department hasn’t finished a rail crossings study, as mandated by legislation.

Westchester-Long Island Tunnel Idea Re-Emerges

Jan 15, 2018
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The idea of building a tunnel from Long Island to Westchester is not new.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address in early January said it’s worth revisiting in the name of alleviating traffic congestion. But some state Assemblymembers from Westchester doubt the concept will gain traction.


Two New York state assemblymembers from Westchester County are fighting back against the new federal tax law with legislation of their own. As for tax reforms Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed in his State of the State address earlier this month, the lawmakers say they’re awaiting details but generally like the concepts.

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A state lawmaker from the Hudson Valley has crafted a bill to revert the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to its original name. The Putnam County Republican says the new bridge should contain the words “Tappan Zee,” and any name change should go through a different legislative process.

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A New York state lawmaker from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation calling for the public financing of elections of state Supreme Court judges and district attorneys.


One Democrat has already announced a bid in this year’s race for Westchester County executive, and now others in the party are considering it. Meanwhile, Republican County Executive Rob Astorino has said he will seek a third therm.

Westchester Legislators Work On Gun Show Regulations

Jan 27, 2017

Westchester County legislators are working on a measure to strengthen gun show regulations. In the meantime, a state lawmaker from the county has introduced legislation to ban gun shows on public property.

NY Governor Signs Bill Directing Rail Crossings Study

Nov 30, 2016
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed a bill into law that will allow for a comprehensive review of the state’s rail crossings. The bill was sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers to block large trucks from entering parkways in Westchester County.

Metro-North Tests Cameras On Its Trains

Jul 14, 2016
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Metro-North has begun a pilot program with security cameras in both cabs and passenger cars. The railroad plans to install cameras in all its trains by September.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced an agreement Monday to improve rail safety measures across the state. A number of Hudson Valley lawmakers have been pushing for such legislation in the wake of a fatal collision in Westchester County last year.

NYS Senate Passes Rail Crossing Study Bill

May 18, 2016
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The New York state Senate has passed a bill that would require the study of rail crossings.

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Two New York state lawmakers and the husband of a woman killed in a commuter train crash last year in Westchester County stood at the accident site today, calling for state transportation officials to undertake a study of rail crossings throughout New York.

HV Assemblywoman Unveils Ethics Reform Package

Feb 26, 2016
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With one good-government leader calling this session Albany’s “Watergate moment,” a lawmaker from the Hudson Valley has introduced an ethics reform package trying to create distance between those who seek to influence the law and those who make the laws. Her effort comes a few months after the former Senate and Assembly leaders were convicted of corruption.

HV Lawmakers Urge Passage Of Rail Crossing Study Bill

Feb 25, 2016
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Ever since a fatal crash last year, there’s been increased discussion about safety at rail crossings. Now, an assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is pushing a bill that requires the study of such crossings. The bill’s Senate sponsors also want a study to get off the ground.

NY Lawmaker Pushes Bill For Rail Crossing Study

Feb 21, 2016
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An assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is pushing his bill that requires state study of rail crossings. Democratic Assemblyman Tom Abinanti is calling for the passage of his bill that would direct the New York State Department of Transportation to conduct a statewide study of level grade rail crossings. Abinanti first introduced the bill following the fatal February 2015 Metro-North crash – where a commuter train collided with an SUV at a highway railroad grade crossing in Valhalla. Abinanti’s district includes Valhalla.

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A New York state Democratic assemblyman from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to ban guns for people who appear on a federal “No-Fly” list. The bill, which echoes calls on the national level, is drawing both support and opposition.

Westchester County Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has introduced legislation to prohibit people named on the FBI’s No-Fly List from obtaining or renewing a license to carry firearms.

“If you’re not safe to fly, you’re not safe to have a gun,” says Abinanti. “It’s just plain, simple common sense.”