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Fair Pay for Home Care press conference, April 14, 2021
Courtesy of the New York Caring Majority

Home care workers, their advocates and several New York state senators gathered virtually Wednesday to denounce Governor Andrew Cuomo for blocking the Fair Pay for Home Care Act in the new state budget. A New York congressman who joined the virtual press conference says federal help could be on the way.

Several New York state Senate Democrats are calling for the state Department of Labor to forgive unemployment overpayments.

The New York State capitol in Albany
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On Monday, New York state Attorney General Letitia James received the necessary referral letter from the executive chamber to independently investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports on what lawmakers in her region think should happen next.

Fair Pay for Home Care campaign in NYS
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Planning to introduce legislation on the issue, a New York congressman, state legislators and advocates launched a Fair Pay for Home Care campaign Tuesday. And there’s a report on the impact of raising wages for home-care workers, who are in high demand but deterred by low wages.

From left: NYS Senator Pete Harckham; President of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers Samantha Rosado-Ciriello; NYS Senator Shelley Mayer; NYS Senator John Liu; and Immediate Past-President of the YCPTA Rob Rijos.
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Shelley Mayer

A number of New York state senators have introduced a bill to provide free broadband to every student and school in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York state Senate Democrats and others are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to follow New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s lead when it comes to graduations. Murphy said Tuesday that graduations can take place beginning July 6 in person, outdoors and adhering to social distancing guidelines.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to protect public schools and higher education from budget cuts due to COVID-19 financial impacts.

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There is progress in reducing the number of truck collisions with a bridge over a major parkway in Westchester County. The county executive says a state-funded project helped. Yet he hopes more can be done using GPS applications.

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New York state lawmakers from Westchester County are letting the governor of Connecticut know they oppose his proposed toll increase on an interstate highway.

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Former longtime New York state Senator Bill Larkin will be buried with full honors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Efforts also are under way to mint a coin in the name of a local veterans history museum that Larkin helped found.

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New York has become the 12th state that allows child care to qualify as a campaign expense. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation Tuesday, saying it is another step toward gender equality and will empower more parents, especially mothers, to seek public office.

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.