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Cuomo to deliver inaugural address at WTC

   Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will deliver his second inauguration address at the World Trade Center site on New Year’s Day, an administration source said.

  Cuomo, a Democrat, will be sworn-in for his second term the night before in Albany, after hosting a public open house at the executive mansion.

  He then will go to Manhattan on New Year’s Day to give an inaugural...

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Controversial Freeport Armory transfer now in Cuomo's hands

Freeport Armory in Freeport on June 1, 2013.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

A controversial bill to transfer ownership of the Freeport Armory to a church-affiliated nonprofit backed by Assemb. Earlene Hooper has been sent to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for signature or veto.

Cuomo will have till Dec. 30 to act on the proposal.

The Freeport bill, sponsored by Hooper (D-Hempstead), would transfer the former National Guard facility to the Cedarmore Corp., a nonprofit...

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Suffolk's second area code will be 934, state says

The new code is to be activated before

(Credit: AP / Nam Y. Huh)

Suffolk County’s new area code will be 934, the state announced Friday. The area code will apply to new telephone numbers issued beginning in the second half of 2016, the Public Service Commission said.

Earlier this year, the PSC said the 631 area code currently used for Suffolk will be out of available numbers in 2016, sparking the need for an additional code.

Notably, when the new...

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Top court upholds tougher drug-testing rules for horse racing

New York’s top court on Thursday upheld tougher rules for testing race horses for illegal substances, allowing the state’s Racing and Wagering Board to conduct tests "off track."

The Court of Appeals, in a 6-0 decision, rejected a claim by some harness-racing horse owners that inspectors should only be able to test horses at tracks and near the day of competition. The horse owners claimed...

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Cuomo to ban fracking for natural gas in upstate NY

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at a news

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday said the state plans to ban the drilling of natural gas upstate after a four-year review by his staff determined it would threaten public health and yield far fewer jobs than projected.

State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said there is no solid scientific basis to show that hydrofracturing drilling, known as fracking, is safe. He said the little...

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Cuomo decisions looming on natural gas, casinos

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at a news

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Two huge upstate decisions could be handed down by the Cuomo administration Wednesday: casinos and natural gas drilling.

A gambling panel is slated to announce up to four sites for upstate casinos; the panel’s meeting is set for 2 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Separately, Cuomo has scheduled a late-morning cabinet meeting where he has promised an update in his review of a...

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Silver deposition postponed in Lopez sexual harassment case

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver attends

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

A slated deposition by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in a federal sexual harassment lawsuit filed against former Assemb. Vito Lopez has been postponed, sparking the prospect of a pending settlement.

Silver (D-Manhattan) was scheduled to be deposed Wednesday, said Kevin Mintzer, the lawyer for onetime Lopez staffers Victoria Burhans and Chloe Rivera. But that’s been put on hold, said Mintzer,...

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DNA evidence prompts new hearing in 1980 Manhattan rape, murder

New York’s top court has ordered a new hearing for a man convicted of rape and murder in Manhattan in 1980, citing potential DNA evidence.

In a 6-0 ruling, the Court of Appeals said a midlevel court “abused its discretion” by not allowing Clifford Jones a chance to present new evidence that could clear him. The decision means Jones will be allowed to present the evidence at a trial court.

Jones...

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Union that backed Teachout now fighting Cuomo for jobs

Activist Zephyr Teachout during a news conference on

(Credit: AP)

The Public Employees Federation endorsed insurgent Zephyr Teachout in September’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Now, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo apparently is taking at whack at PEF membership, according to the union’s website.

PEF, a 50,000-member union that represents the state’s white-collar workforce, said the Cuomo administration has sent notices to nearly 1,000 of its members saying it...

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Cuomo: De Blasio's remarks on son Dante were not 'racist'

Former President Bill Clinton administers the oath as

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo defended New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's remarks about his son, Dante, Monday while carefully praising the NYPD's work during recent protests regarding the death of Eric Garner.

De Blasio, in a speech delivered last week after a grand jury declined to indict a police officer in Garner's apparent chokehold death, said he and his wife have had to have difficult conversations...

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