Governor Andrew Cuomo

200 homes in Bayside, Flushing file airplane noise complaints last month
200 homes in Bayside, Flushing file airplane noise complaints last month
Top Stories Melissa Chan 7/26/2013 at 10:50AM

Almost all the noise complaints filed last month at three major airports came from Queens, according to data obtained by The Courier. More than 700 calls about airplane noise flooded LaGuardia Airport this June, while 348 grievances came in about John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to statistics from the Port Authority of New York [...]

Cuomo passes bill to make rebuilding easier for Breezy Point residents
Cuomo passes bill to make rebuilding easier for Breezy Point residents
South Maggie Hayes 7/15/2013 at 12:43PM

Sandy left 135 homes incinerated and hundreds more damaged by flooding. Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a bill on Thursday, July 10 that will allow affected residents to waive the Board of Standard and Appeals (BSA) process and allow them to rebuild immediately. “Before today, Breezy Point residents faced the prospect of waiting up to a [...]

Cuomo signs tougher texting-while-driving law
Cuomo signs tougher texting-while-driving law
News Cristabelle Tumola 7/02/2013 at 12:17PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation into law strengthening texting-while-driving penalties for young and new drivers. “Statistic after statistic shows that texting-while-driving is a chronic problem in our society, particularly among teenagers, and it will only get worse if we do not take action to prevent this deadly behavior,” said Cuomo. “That is what this [...]

Pols push for two-state study of airplane noise
Pols push for two-state study of airplane noise
Top Stories Melissa Chan 7/01/2013 at 3:55PM

Airport operators have become the target of the latest localized effort to quiet Queens skies. The state legislature has passed a bill that would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a one-time study to determine the effects of aircraft noise on Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Jersey residents. “With [...]

Politician pushing for tax-free Jamaica
Southeast Maggie Hayes 6/27/2013 at 4:34PM

Downtown Jamaica could be included in a tax exemption program that stands to give an economic boost to the area around York College. Governor Andrew Cuomo created and passed a program that installed tax-free zones in designated area around SUNY campuses. When State Senator Malcolm Smith caught wind of the new venture, he proposed getting [...]

State Legislature restores cuts for disabled services
News Maggie Hayes 6/26/2013 at 4:57PM

It was a reversal of fortune. A $120 million cut to the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) would have left programs shorthanded, officials said. But the state legislature eliminated the threat and voted unanimously to fully restore what was lost. The Assembly voted last week to appropriate $90 million for OPWDD. That was [...]

State gaming agreement leaves Queens out of casino deal
State gaming agreement leaves Queens out of casino deal
Top Stories Terence M. Cullen 6/19/2013 at 4:56PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators have come to an agreement on a gaming deal that would effectively put four casinos upstate and leave Queens without one for now. There is a seven-year hold on increasing the number of New York casinos, according to Cuomo’s office. After that, the entire state is up for grabs [...]

Upstate casino bill could stop plan for full gaming at Resorts World
Upstate casino bill could stop plan for full gaming at Resorts World
News Terence M. Cullen 6/11/2013 at 4:02PM

It could be no dice for full gaming at Resorts World Casino New York City if a new bill in Albany goes through. A full gaming bill would allow games such as blackjack, roulette and poker to be legal in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan, the Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act, calls for [...]

After budget cuts, legislative package aims to help disabled
News Maggie Hayes 6/11/2013 at 3:42PM

In the wake of a significant budget cut to programs for developmentally disabled people, lawmakers are seeking ways to provide such individuals with more security. A budget amendment enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo cut 4.5 percent of state funding for organizations that help disabled individuals live healthy and independent lifestyles. Now, advocates both in and [...]

Governor Cuomo introduces women’s rights legislation
Governor Cuomo introduces women’s rights legislation
Politics Queens Courier Staff 6/04/2013 at 3:58PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo, joined by members of the Women’s Equality Coalition, unveiled new legislation today aimed at ending gender discrimination and inequality in the workplace, and protecting abortion rights. The Women’s Equality Act also strengthens human trafficking laws, provides protections for domestic violence victims and ends family status discrimination. “In 1848, the women’s suffrage movement [...]