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GOP lawmakers look to strengthen animal cruelty penalties

New York State should be doing a better job of protecting animals, according to two Republican state lawmakers who are pushing for passage of a package of bills designed to increase the penalties for suspects committing cruelty to animals. … Full Article

Sandra Lee, TV star and Gov. Cuomo's girlfriend, says she has breast cancer

ALBANY— Food television star Sandra Lee says she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The popular lifestyle personality and live-in girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo divulged the news on ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview aired Tuesday. … Full Article

Malliotakis, Abbate push bill to help veterans boost pensions

Military veterans who worked for New York State will be able to get higher state pensions if a bill supported by the Assembly Committee on Government Employees is signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. … Full Article

Malliotakis says Cuomo’s trip to Cuba is a mistake

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, whose mother Veralia left Cuba in 1959 to escape the Castro regime, is highly critical of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s trade mission to that country, charging that the idea of promoting trade will fall flat. … Full Article

Stringer: NYC would benefit by boosting minimum wage to $15 an hour

Raising the minimum wage in New York City to $15 per hour would not only improve the lives of workers but would also benefit the city economically, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said at a Tuesday press conference with low-wage workers outside a McDonalds in Downtown Brooklyn. … Full Article

Chuck Schumer to keynote Sen. Squadron’s annual convention for constituents

Every year, New York state Sen. Daniel Squadron holds a community convention where his constituents can air their concerns and help him set his priorities for the coming year. … Full Article

NYS Budget: Brooklyn gets more money for new hospital, schools

State representatives from Brooklyn said the $142 billion state budget approved early Wednesday was disappointing -- but better than the alternative, which would have given Gov. Andrew Cuomo a free hand in implementing his education agenda, with less money for public schools. … Full Article

Brooklyn pols fight to restore millions in budget for teetering hospitals

Brooklyn officials are fiercely negotiating in Albany to restore to the budget hundreds of millions of dollars meant to prop up teetering safety-net hospitals -- including Interfaith Medical Center, Brookdale Hospital, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brookly … Full Article

State Senate moves to curb city’s ability to raise property taxes

A bi-partisan group of state senators successfully pushed for passage of a bill that would force New York City to cap property tax increases at two percent a year, a move that supporters said would help homeowners get a better handle on their household budgets. … Full Article

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