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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

Property tax relief bill passes state senate

Homeowners would see a big savings the next time a property tax bill arrives in the mailbox if legislation passed by state Senate eventually becomes law. … Full Article

Teens lobby state legislature to lower NY voting age

More than 30 teenagers trekked from New York City up to Albany to lobby the state Legislature for passage of a bill that would lower the voting age from 18 to 17. … Full Article

Senate bill would create crime category for gangs

New York state would be tackling the troubling issue of street gang violence from two different perspectives — law enforcement and education — if a bill approved by the state Senate eventually becomes law. … Full Article

Harris tapped to chair senior citizen subcommittee

Assemblymember Pamela Harris, whose Southwest Brooklyn district is home to large numbers of senior citizens, has been tapped by the Assembly’s leadership to head a subcommittee focusing on programs for older adults. … Full Article

Transgender bill shot down in NY State Senate amid partisan rancor

A bill that would give transgender persons equal protections under the law was shot down — again — in a New York State Senate committee on Tuesday after a partisan clash over what the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Daniel Squadron, called President Donald Trump’s “campaign of divisiveness and fear.” … Full Article

Lentol reveals how he got ‘Raise the Age’ passed

State Assemblymember Joe Lentol was walking out of the state Capitol in Albany one day when a woman came up to him and gave him a big hug. “Thank you for saving my son’s life,” she told him. The brief encounter made him cry. … Full Article

State OKs translators for domestic violence victims

Terrified domestic violence victims often feel even more frightened by the justice system if they do not speak English. But now they will be getting some extra help when they go to court seeking orders of protection. … Full Article

Guild for Exceptional Children director wins pay raises for workers

The executive director of a Bay Ridge nonprofit agency that helps the developmentally disabled said his employees who work directly with clients will be getting much-needed raises now that lawmakers have promised to put money in the state budget to cover the costs. … Full Article

New York officials call Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood ‘shameful’

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate for a bill that will allow states to withhold funds for Planned Parenthood. Statements from New York officials came quickly. Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the vote “repugnant.” … Full Article

Golden praises Healing Center director as life saver

A woman who founded a center in Southwest Brooklyn to assist domestic violence victims and their children is winning recognition from the New York state Senate for her work. … Full Article

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