Andrew Cuomo

Libertarian McDermott derides a "rigged" system
3:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

An Average Guy, Campaigning For NY Governor

Libertarian Michael McDermott decided to run for Governor on a lark after his friend already decided to run in his Congressional district.
Credit Charles Lane

 

Michael McDermott will let the phone ring and ring. But when his lawyer calls, he stops talking mid-sentence.

"Hold on this is our lawyer," McDermott says, "Hey Gary, any word?"

The newly minted head of the Libertarian Party of New York weaves in and out of traffic in this last week before election day. Before the phone rang he was cataloging the many obstacles for his party before election day--like getting on the ballot, and staying on the ballot.

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State program still years away
4:55 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

NY asks feds to bring in out-of-state medical marijuana

Politicians and supporters celebrate after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, signed a ceremonial bill to establish a medical marijuana program in New York.
Credit AP Photo/Seth Wenig

New York’s health department is requesting permission from the federal government to import out-of-state marijuana for medical purposes until its in-state program can finish the regulatory process.

In July, New York became the 23rd state to authorize the use of medical marijuana for patients with diseases, including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy. The program requires the health department to write rules and license marijuana production companies. The department says that will take until 2016 to get the program underway.

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Election 2014
8:45 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Cuomo holds off Teachout in NY Democratic primary

File Photo- N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his running mate, former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, acknowledge audience applause as their party's nominees at the state's Democratic Convention, in Melville, N.Y., Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul held off a challenge from two law school professors in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. But, gubernatorial challenger Zephyr Teachout won over one third of the vote statewide, and 43 percent of the 16,000 votes in Suffolk County.

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Details of the deal are unknown
4:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Cuomo brokers deal to avert LIRR strike

Anthony Simon, general chairman of the United Transportation Union, left, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast, right, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo share a collective hand shake after a tentative labor agreement for the Long Island Rail Road was reached.
Credit AP/Richard Drew

A deal to avert a crippling labor strike on the Long Island Rail Road has been reached.

Union and MTA leaders signed an agreement today that both sides said is equitable and will not cause a fair hike. However, exact details of the contract were not given.

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32BJ endorses Senator Klein
5:18 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Union "certain" Democrats will control Albany

Senate co-leader Jeff Klein, D-Bronx (right) beside Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre
Credit AP/Mike Groll

The influential labor union 32BJ SEIU endorsed State Senator Jeff Klein Thursday. The endorsement is the latest in a series of moves that stands to put Democrats back in charge of Albany.

After Democrats appeared to win control of the State Senate in 2010 Klein stopped caucusing with them and started the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference which aligns itself with Republicans.

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