Governor Andrew Cuomo

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 [...]

Governor Cuomo announces stricter penalties for driving while texting
Governor Cuomo announces stricter penalties for driving while texting
News Angy Altamirano 6/02/2013 at 11:15AM

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced new actions to strengthen penalties for texting-while-driving in order to keep all New Yorkers safe on the road. Effective June 1, Cuomo directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to establish tougher penalties for texting-while-driving for all drivers and new penalties for young and new drivers. “As the father of [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 4/26/2013 at 8:06AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Friday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 63. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 48. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: An Evening with Choreographers Rich + Tone Discovered by Michael Jackson’s choreographer while freestyling [...]

U.S. Senate gun control vote disappoints New York lawmakers
U.S. Senate gun control vote disappoints New York lawmakers
Politics Queens Courier Staff 4/25/2013 at 8:56AM

The build-up lasted a full four months. From the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School to the State of the Union and rallies afterward, tougher laws on gun control were debated and pored over until U.S. Senators finally voted 54-46 in favor of an amendment to strengthen background checks at gun shows and online. However, [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 4/17/2013 at 7:49AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Wednesday: Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 64. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy. Low of 50. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: ”Every Day Is a Holiday”  Starting at 6 p.m., come view the film “Every [...]

PHOTOS: Future One World Trade Center observatory
PHOTOS: Future One World Trade Center observatory
News Cristabelle Tumola 4/03/2013 at 1:24PM

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has revealed what the state-of-the-art observatory that will open at One World Trade Center will offer visitors. On floors 100 to 102 of the building, it has breathtaking views of the city as well as other features. Its “Skypod” elevators will give visitors the “experience of [...]