Author: KATHERINE CARROLL, assistant editor

Bill would make all single-occupancy bathrooms gender neutral in New York
Politics

Bill would make all single-occupancy bathrooms gender neutral in New York

  Transgender protections implemented by the Obama Administration were rescinded by President Donald Trump earlier this year, and one state lawmaker is fighting back by trying to simplify New York’s law regulating public restrooms. Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, D-Manhattan, is sponsoring a bill that would eliminate gender labels on single-occupancy bathrooms […]

$153 billion budget provides free SUNY & CUNY tuition, raises the age, and allows ridesharing upstate
Politics

$153 billion budget provides free SUNY & CUNY tuition, raises the age, and allows ridesharing upstate

  Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Friday announced an agreement on a $153.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. State operating funds spending is $98.1 billion for the 2017-2018 fiscal year — an increase […]

As “Trumpcare” looms, some say it’s time for single-payer health care in NY
Policy

As “Trumpcare” looms, some say it’s time for single-payer health care in NY

 “Your wealth should not determine your health,” advocates tell lawmakers As President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass their American Health Care Act, a universal single-payer health program for New Yorkers could pick up more support this session. The New York Health […]

Lawmakers hope to give teachers more training to recognize dyslexia in the classroom
Policy

Lawmakers hope to give teachers more training to recognize dyslexia in the classroom

As someone who struggled with dyslexia from kindergarten through college, Senator John Brooks is supporting legislation he says would give dyslexic students the assistance he didn’t have when he was in school. Brooks, D-Seaford, is a cosponsor of bill S.2534 that would require training of teachers in the area of […]