New York Assembly

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones
Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones represents one of the northernmost districts in the state, the 115th. On the eastern border is Lake Champlain. As you travel west and south it includes parts of the Adirondacks and the rolling agricultural lands north to the Canadian border.  During a stop in Plattsburgh shortly after the legislature adjourned earlier this month, the Democrat said some good things were accomplished during the session for the North Country region. Jones also tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley there were a lot of things he disagreed with.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones
Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

Ever since the New York legislature adopted the new state budget without including a marijuana legalization provision, the prospects for legal pot in the Empire State have been uncertain.  There is word that legalization legislation is still being discussed in conference, but with the session ending in little more than a month, it’s unclear if lawmakers will act this year. On Thursday, 115th District Assemblyman D. Billy Jones was in Plattsburgh. The Democrat tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley while there’s talk about marijuana, the rank-and-file haven’t really delved into the issue since the budget deliberations.

The rare Thursday primary was the last hurdle before November. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, the Democratic candidate in New York’s 22nd House district, wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

What is Nancy Pelosi’s future?
In today’s Congressional Corner, New York state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, the Democratic candidate in New York’s 22nd House district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

New York’s 22nd Congressional district is a real battleground this fall.
In today’s Congressional Corner, New York state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, the Democratic candidate, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

New York State Capitol
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Popular daily fantasy sports sites still face uncertainty in New York even after state lawmakers passed legislation designed to regulate them.

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The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual breakfast forum on Friday.  During the proceedings, officials unveiled the results of their annual issues survey of members.  The results show that 93 percent believe if implemented, a $15 minimum wage would eliminate jobs and harm the state’s economy. The survey came out the same week Governor Andrew Cuomo has been barnstorming the state promoting the $15 minimum wage, one of his key agenda priorities during this legislative session.  Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, a Republican, says the wage proposal is an overriding issue for businesses across the 115th district.

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Albany has been the subject of many headlines in recent weeks, with its past leaders in the midst of high-profile corruption trials. But the New York state Legislature is on recess until January, so members are working in their districts.  115th  Assembly district Republican Janet Duprey attended a recent forum on the heroin and drug addiction crisis in the North Country.  A member of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Heroin Addiction & Community Response, she told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that some progress is being made drafting legislation to deal with the statewide addiction crisis.

NY Legislature To Require Heart Screens Of Babies

Jun 13, 2013
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New York's Legislature has agreed to require newborns to be tested for a congenital heart defect under a new, quick screening process.

The measure would require all birthing facilities to administer the test called pulse oximetry screening.

The new procedure provides early detection of heart defects that could be addressed quickly by surgery, potentially saving babies' lives.