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Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking during a webcast Tuesday
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New York formally declared gun violence as a public emergency Tuesday, allowing more flexibility for the state to immediately spend money on gun violence prevention and intervention services.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he’s lifting all remaining state COVID-19 restrictions, including requirements for mask wearing and social distancing, and capacity limits at events, now that New York has reached the governor’s goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.

TeAna Taylor speaks in favor of the Elder Parole bill, which would give older inmates access to a parole hearing.
Karen DeWitt

New York’s legislative session is drawing to a close, but without the usual frenzy of hallways crowded with lobbyists and protesters and few last minute back room deals. For the second year in a row, the Capitol has been off limits to visitors, and Governor Andrew Cuomo, facing multiple scandals, is largely isolated from the negotiations.  

Attorney Gloria Allred showing a photo of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo kissing Sherry Vill without her permission.
Screenshot of press conference by Jackie Orchard / WAMC

On today’s 51%, I speak with long-time women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred about the allegations of sexual misconduct against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and pick her brain about what it means to be a feminist. And we’ll hear from New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi about her own experiences with the governor.

4/20/21 RT Panel

Apr 20, 2021
Microphone in radio studio

        The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Cohoes City Director of Operations Theresa Bourgeois, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, and The Empire Report's J.P. Miller.

Gloria Allred and Sherry Vill on a Zoom press conference

A tenth woman has come forward with allegations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo behaved inappropriately toward her. The woman, from the Rochester suburb of Greece, says Cuomo grabbed her face and kissed her without her consent when he was touring her home after a flood. 

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The state legislature took another step this week in its impeachment investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, when the Assembly announced it’s hired a private law firm to assist the Judiciary committee in its inquiry. But that choice was immediately condemned by a lawyer for one of the alleged victims, who says the firm has ties to Cuomo that could taint the investigation.

The New York State Capitol in Albany
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Criticism continues over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing home death data during the COVID-19 pandemic. Two state Senators from the Hudson Valley are dissatisfied with different aspects, and both want to see the governor’s emergency powers diminished.

Siena College Research Institute

As Governor Andrew Cuomo continues defending his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, a Siena Poll finds New Yorkers approve of his actions.

2/16/21 RT Panel

Feb 16, 2021
Microphone in radio studio

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Cohoes City Director of Operations Theresa Bourgeois, and former Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain.

We are also joined, for a portion of the program, by Dr. James Fagin, MD, an Immunology & Allergy Specialist in New Hyde Park, New York.

Rep. Richard Neal

With Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote, Democrats in the U.S. Senate early Friday took action to move forward a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. State and federal officials provided updates on the bill on Friday.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking as the USNS Comfort arrives in New York City March 30, 2020.

While many New Yorkers will be happy to put 2020 behind them, there’s no denying it was a year like no other. At the Capitol, the Legislature took a back seat as Governor Andrew Cuomo gained power and popularity among residents who eagerly tuned in for his coronavirus briefings.

Westchester County COVID-19 cases, November 23, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer relayed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement Monday that some areas in the county are headed to red zone status if COVID-19 numbers keep increasing. And he reminded the public that National Guard troops will be at the county airport to enforce COVID-19 rules ahead of a feared Thanksgiving spike.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a speech at a Black church in Manhattan, vowed to sue the administration of President Donald Trump for violating the constitutional rights of African-American and Hispanic New Yorkers, if it does not make changes to its COVID-19 vaccination plan.

Orange County Exec Questions Changes In COVID Zone

Oct 29, 2020
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus delivers daily COVID-19 briefing, Octboer 28, 2020
Courtesy of Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus

The Orange County executive has informed residents that the COVID-19 cluster New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deemed a red zone earlier in October has been downgraded to orange. Meantime, the county executive is hoping to have indoor dining capacity increased as cold weather approaches.

WAMC File Photo / National Parks Service

Environmentalists are calling on New York state to end fossil fuel subsidies.

Slide portraying zone regulations for COVID-19 clusters
Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo via the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day

Hoping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in certain New York City, Broome County and lower Hudson Valley hot spots, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced an initiative that implements zones. The color-coded system essentially amounts to containment zones with new rules and restrictions in each. The Orange and Rockland county executives say they fully support the new effort.

O&R on scene after Tropical Storm Isaias damage, August 2020
Courtesy of Orange and Rockland Utilities

With thousands of Hudson Valley customers still without power from last week’s storm, elected officials have been unleashing their frustration with utility companies. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed Monday, calling out two companies, one that services most of Westchester County. Meantime, the Westchester County executive is calling for the creation of a Utility Reserve Corps.

Rockland County workers clean up after storm damage, August 2020
Courtesy of Rockland County government

As outages persist throughout New York’s Hudson Valley following Tropical Storm Isaias, some elected officials are pointing fingers at the response of their utility companies. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation and some power restoration estimates are still pending.

Josh Eisen
Courtesy of Josh Eisen

Two independent candidates petitioning to appear on the November ballot in New York say an executive order from Governor Andrew Cuomo puts them at a disadvantage during the COVID-19 pandemic. One has sued Cuomo, while the other says he will join the lawsuit.

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Consumer advocates and environmentalists are applauding a bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed that prevents utility shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic and in other cases.

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift the limit on the number of people that may participate in a socially distanced, outdoor graduation.

Westchester County Executive at the podium; Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer was in the northernmost city in his county Friday to hold his daily COVID-19 briefing. While in Peekskill, he also reacted to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reinvent police departments across the state.

Following many calls to hold graduations outdoors, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday he will permit such ceremonies beginning at the end of the month.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 14, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order to allow all “non-essential” gatherings of up to ten people.

The New York State capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo is continuing to face questions over New York’s nursing home policies pertaining to COVID-19. The Democrat is responding by pointing to federal guidance. 

Saratoga Race Course
Lucas Willard / WAMC

On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo cast more uncertainty about live horse racing at Saratoga Race Course this summer. With a meet scheduled to begin in July and the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic, the Democrat addressed the question of whether to reopen the summer tourism destination in his daily briefing.

Screenshot from Albany County's COVID-19 Data Dashboard
Albany County

Two people at an Albany County nursing home have died from COVID-19.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York is reporting the highest number of deaths to date from the coronavirus, but despite that grim number, Governor Andrew Cuomo sees a glimmer of hope that the spread of the virus might be slowing. It’s the third day in a row that new hospitalizations have declined. 

NYS Senator James Skoufis
Courtes of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to marshal coordination with local law enforcement to ensure residents in Orange and Rockland counties are adhering to the state directives for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rockland County executive has been pressing the state to allocate more resources to his county.