New York

Workers’ compensation rates reduced for first time since 2008
News Philip Hertling 8/11/2012 at 11:58AM

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that New York state employers will see a reduction in workers’ compensation premium rates for the first time in four years. Policyholders will see a decrease of 1.2 percent, the first reduction since 2008. The rate reduction is a result of efforts by the governor’s administration over the past [...]

Gianaris bills would make NY toughest on guns
News Billy Rennison 8/10/2012 at 11:11AM

In the wake of multiple massacres across the country and an increase in shootings citywide, a state politician is calling for New York to become the nation’s leader in gun control. State Senator Michael Gianaris introduced a bevy of bills in Albany that would strengthen the state’s gun laws, making them the toughest in the [...]

Cuomo announces crackdown on designer drugs
Cuomo announces crackdown on designer drugs
News Billy Rennison 8/08/2012 at 1:56PM

New regulations will help crack down on the rapidly expanding synthetic drug industry, the governor announced on Tuesday. “The actions we are announcing today attack the problem by helping our law enforcement officers enforce the rules, expanding the list of banned substances used to manufacture bath salts and imposing tougher penalties so those who sell [...]

Update: Cuomo signs bill banning tanning for children under 17
News Liam La Guerre 7/16/2012 at 3:20PM

Queens teenagers who want glowing, bronze skin may soon have no choice but to burn at the beach. The New York State Senate and Assembly recently passed legislation to outlaw the use of indoor tanning parlors for teens 16 and under, to help protect the kids from the dangers of skin cancer from ultraviolet (UV) [...]

Gas prices begin to climb
Gas prices begin to climb
News Billy Rennison 7/16/2012 at 9:22AM

After reaching 2012 lows, gas prices have ticked up each of the last two weeks. The average New York City price at the pump has risen to $3.81, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, six cents higher than a week ago. New Yorkers are paying the same amount to fill up as they were a [...]

‘Landmark’ tax relief on the way for co-op and condo owners
News Melissa Chan 7/05/2012 at 9:29AM

Co-op and condo owners left in the lurch after state lawmakers originally closed the year’s session without passing key pieces of legislation will not be forsaken for long, officials pledged. The Assembly, Senate and Governor Andrew Cuomo have reached an agreement on “landmark” tax relief legislation that will be signed into law later this year [...]

Cuomo calls for decriminalization of marijuana possession
News Billy Rennison 6/04/2012 at 2:16PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced plans to urge lawmakers to decriminalize the public possession of small amounts of marijuana in New York. Private possession of marijuana is currently a violation and Cuomo said this change would bring consistency and fairness to the law. Carrying less than 25 grams of marijuana in public would become a [...]

Updated “I Love NY” logo is heartless
Updated “I Love NY” logo is heartless
News Billy Rennison 6/01/2012 at 3:01PM

New York’s iconic “I Love NY” campaign is now heartless. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced an update to the memorable “I Love NY” campaign featuring different New York-centric items replacing the logo’s heart. “This campaign reinvents one of our state’s great assets — the ‘I Love NY’ icon — which is known the world over as one [...]

Top headlines from around the web
Top headlines from around the web
News Melissa Chan 5/20/2012 at 1:06PM

24-year-old man gunned down on quiet Queens block A 24-year-old man was shot and killed on a quiet Queens block early Saturday, cops said. The victim, who was not immediately identified, was gunned down in front of a Galway Ave. home in Jamaica about 4:15 a.m., police said. Read more: Daily News   Scorned Q69 [...]

Raising the Minimum Wage in New York: What Government Could and Should Do.
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 5/16/2012 at 10:58AM

By Assemblywoman Grace Meng On Tuesday, I joined with my colleagues in the State Assembly in voting to raise New York State’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50.  I voted for and co-sponsored this bill because it will have a tremendous positive impact on the lives of working families here in Queens and throughout New York. [...]