State Senator David Carlucci

A New York state senator has introduced legislation to combat hate speech on social media.

NYS Law About Salary History Is In Effect

Jan 6, 2020

A law concerning salary history that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed over the summer became effective Monday.

Lawmakers Consider Legislation Following Monsey Attack

Dec 31, 2019
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Federal and state lawmakers are considering ways to help combat anti-Semitic violence. This comes following the Saturday stabbings during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, in Rockland County, and after similar attacks in New York City and New Jersey. New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a roundtable Monday, where participants discussed needed laws and education.

State lawmakers in the Hudson Valley have presented a pen certificate to a teenager who inspired legislation that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed this month. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more about the health-care measure that could be amended in the legislative session that begins in a few weeks.

NYS Senator Carlucci Previews 2020 Session

Dec 26, 2019
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New York state Senator David Carlucci says much will be accomplished in the legislative session that begins in two weeks. The Democrat from Rockland County spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about topics from legalizing recreational marijuana to revamping the state’s numerous authorities.

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The New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors has approved a toll proposal for the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. And Monday, the Thruway Authority announced the creation of the Offices of the Toll Payer Advocate.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to ensure qualified individuals perform school fire inspections.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that allows for email communication to voters. Emails would be in addition to postal mail.

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A fourth Democrat has entered the race for a congressional seat in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Westchester County resident Allison Fine announced Thursday she will run for the 17th District seat held by Democrat Nita Lowey, who is not seeking re-election after 16 terms.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Fine about why she’s entering the race.

NYS Senator Carlucci Enters Congressional Race

Oct 21, 2019

New York state Senator David Carlucci made it official Monday morning: he will run to replace fellow Democrat Nita Lowey, who is not seeking re-election to the U.S. House after 16 terms. He joins a few other Democrats already in the field. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Carlucci this morning shortly after he made the announcement via video.

After anti-Semitic materials were found at a Westchester County memorial for Holocaust victims, there will be a vigil at the site. Plus, a state lawmaker is calling for passage of his legislation.

Opioids seized by authorities in the Capital Region.
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There is a New York state roundtable discussion and public hearing Thursday on tackling the opioid epidemic. And it’s being held in Putnam County.

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A New York state senator has introduced legislation to compel e-cigarette manufacturers to disclose ingredients on their packaging.

Dozens of Hudson Valley lawmakers and gun violence prevention advocates gathered Thursday to sign a panel from the original 1969 Woodstock stage. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, the signing was in support of federal gun reform laws, and the panel will be headed on the road.

Some NYS Lawmakers Aim To Ban Flavored E-Cigs

Sep 14, 2019
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Some New York state lawmakers hope to work on measures to ban flavored e-cigarettes and other related legislation when the next session begins in January. This comes amid concern over the recent rise in lung-related illnesses and, in some states, deaths related to vaping. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the governor is also getting involved.

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has started an online petition in opposition to a planned $25 fee to renew license plates.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill aimed at preventing the deaths of kids left in hot cars. It follows the deaths of 1-year-old twins from his district.

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As of this week, New York no longer allows religious exemptions for vaccinations. Amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak in more than 25 years, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements.

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Friday is Thurgood Marshall Day in New York. And a number of state and local officials will be on hand in Rockland County to talk about legislation to name a section of a road in honor of Justice Marshall’s legacy.

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New York state and local lawmakers held a rally Sunday outside Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County. They were promoting a state bill that would change how private golf courses are assessed.

Rockland County Exec Renews Measles State Of Emergency

Apr 26, 2019

The number of confirmed measles cases in Rockland County, New York, continues to rise. The county executive is highlighting his health department’s recent orders, while a state senator is introducing a bill to counter misleading vaccination information.

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With tolls frozen on the Mario Cuomo Bridge through 2020, New York state Senator David Carlucci is growing anxious about what an increase could look like thereafter. He is pushing for the Thruway Authority to come to the table for toll discussions this year and wants to see resident discounts.

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Backers of a bill in the New York state legislature say the measles outbreak in Rockland County could give their legislation momentum. The bill would repeal exemptions from vaccination requirements for children due to religious beliefs. The renewed focus comes after the Rockland County executive declared a state of emergency Tuesday.

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A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley and a Long Island county executive were in Rockland County Thursday standing alongside several veterans. They want New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to include funding in the budget due April 1 for a support program for veterans.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is renewing his call to pass data security regulations following a security breach of the Marriott hotel empire. The breach compromised personal and sensitive information of some 500 million Marriott guests over four years.

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The man accused in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre appeared briefly in federal court in a wheelchair and handcuffs Monday to face charges he killed 11 people in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. Following the Saturday shooting, a number of services are scheduled in our region.

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Both spans are now open on the Mario Cuomo Bridge that connects Rockland and Westchester Counties. As road signs are being switched to reflect the new name, debate continues over discarding the old one. State lawmakers near the bridge say their constituents want to integrate the old name with the new, despite New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s apparent final word on the topic.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The political picture in the Hudson Valley has changed dramatically in the past day. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney now turns his attention to seeking a fourth term in the House after his loss in the Democratic primary for state attorney general. Meantime, after a number of blows to members of the now dissolved Senate Independent Democratic Conference, one who survived his primary is now focused on mending fences and winning the general election. 

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.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation requiring school buses to have over the shoulder seat belts. This comes in the wake of multiple deadly school bus accidents across the country.