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Cuomo signs Savino property tax exemption bill

Thousands of senior citizens in Brooklyn who up to now have not been eligible for a state program that gives older adults a break on their property taxes will finally be able to receive the financial boost, according to state Sen. Diane Savino. … Full Article

Hamilton says turnstile jumping shouldn’t be crime

An astonishing 92 percent of New York City residents arrested for turnstile jumping in subways are people of color, according to an eye-opening report released by state Sen. Jesse Hamilton. … Full Article

Carroll says MTA fix-up requires ‘uncomfortable choices’

If state officials are going to make MTA run the city’s buses and subways more efficiently, it will require lawmakers to make “uncomfortable choices,” according to Assemblymember Robert Carroll. … Full Article

Cuomo: State stepping in to protect electoral system from hacking

The federal government is failing to coordinate a response to evidence of Russian hacking of U.S. elections, so New York state is taking action on its own, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday. … Full Article

Savino lauds passage of her PTSD marijuana bill

Military veterans and others suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will have the option of treating the condition with medical marijuana if a bill passed by the state Senate on Tuesday is signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. … Full Article

Parker seeks to expand local drug treatment centers

State Sen. Kevin Parker, the ranking member on the State Senate Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, said the issue of drug addiction is deeply personal to him. … Full Article

State senate passes Savino ‘subway grinder’ bill

Riders have a tough enough time dealing with delays and crowded trains in the subway, they shouldn’t have to put up with perverts performing lewd acts, said a state senator who is going after the so-called grinders. … Full Article

Squadron pans Republican bill prohibiting NYC, state from paying for terror trials

The New York state Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that, if approved by the state Assembly, could prevent the city from paying for security during terror trials, according to state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Western Brooklyn waterfront and lower Manhattan). … Full Article

Golden wants Interstate 278 named for veterans

Motorists driving on Interstate 278 could be seeing new signs along the Brooklyn portion of the roadway if the New York State Assembly passes a bill the state Senate recently approved to name a section of the highway in tribute to military veterans. … Full Article

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