Author: JAMES GORMLEY, Gazette editor

New law makes it easier to sue nosy neighbors
Policy

New law makes it easier to sue nosy neighbors

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday making it easier to sue neighbors who videotape private property. Following reports of cameras being installed to unlawfully videotape neighboring backyards, the bill signed this week (S.870-a/A.861-a) establishes a private right of action for damages caused by the unwarranted video imaging of residential property. “Everyone […]

Boondoggle or Opportunity? Voters will decide how they see upcoming constitutional convention question
Politics

Boondoggle or Opportunity? Voters will decide how they see upcoming constitutional convention question

With summer winding down and the November elections approaching, the ballot question of “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same” is looming as an important decision for all New York voters that only comes around every 20 years. The rhetoric by both good government […]

Lawmakers seek high-risk crop insurance for key ingredient in craft beers
Policy Politics

Lawmakers seek high-risk crop insurance for key ingredient in craft beers

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-Brooklyn, and state Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, R-South Huntington, are calling for the federal government to increase protections for the craft beer industry. Schumer has been urging the Department of Agriculture to give New York State the “Malt Barley Endorsement” (M.B.E.), a special federal insurance option, available […]

SUNY sorting out 75,000 Excelsior Scholarship applications
Policy

SUNY sorting out 75,000 Excelsior Scholarship applications

The Excelsior Scholarship, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s program to provide tuition-free public college for working-class families, accepted its final application for the upcoming school year last week. According to media reports citing the Governor’s Office, the program received more than 75,000 applications — 51,000 to SUNY and 24,000 to CUNY. Five […]