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New law makes it easier to sue nosy neighbors
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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 […]

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

New law gives police more tools to stop animal fighting
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New law gives police more tools to stop animal fighting

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that allows judges to issue an electronic surveillance warrant for the investigation of animal fighting. This bill (S.611/A.2806) makes animal fighting a designated offense for the issuance of a video surveillance or eavesdropping warrant. Animal fighting often requires that multiple individuals use phone and […]