Governor Andrew Cuomo

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law today that requires banks to care for "zombie" properties--homes that are in foreclosure and have been abandoned.

On Thursday Cuomo traveled around the state, from Syracuse to Long Island, talking about the new law. He said the law first gives the owner the opportunity to stay in their home and adjust the mortgage to an amount they can pay. 

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Some homeless advocates are dismayed by what they say is Governor Andrew Cuomo’s failure at the end of the legislative session to follow through with promises to fund five years’ worth of new supportive housing and other services for the homeless. Their complaints come as the state comptroller issued a scathing report on the state of homeless shelters across New York.

Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a package of four bills designed to fight the heroin and opioid crisis in the state.

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Business leaders, particularly those in upstate New York, say the 2016 legislative session, which recently concluded, was the worst for small businesses in quite some time.

Business owners say that a session that saw the minimum wage increase, to eventually $15 an hour in New York City and $12.50 upstate, along with a phased-in partial paid family leave, will be costly to smaller employers who operate on the edge in a shaky economy.

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A new law, years in the making, mandates that all public schools in New York State test for lead in their drinking water.

Lead is a neurotoxin that has been linked to learning disorders and lower IQs, especially in children. Back in the 1980s, the federal government tried to regulate the amount of lead in school drinking water but failed.

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