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Deal reached on future of LICH

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday announced a settlement over Long Island College Hospital that will allow a new health care provider to take over the money-losing facility.

SUNY wanted to cut loose the Cobble Hill hospital, run by SUNY Downstate Medical Center. A state Supreme Court judge, however, had barred SUNY from going forward with plans to close LICH. SUNY reopened...

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New Yorkers are burning for legal weed

A majority of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana.

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New Yorkers say it is high time for the state to legalize medical marijuana and personal possession of weed, according to a poll released Monday.

A Quinnipiac University poll said 88% of New York state voters want medical marijuana legal and 57% support adults being allowed to possess a small amount of weed for recreational use.

"Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York State voters,...

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More New Yorkers side with Cuomo on Pre-K plan: Poll

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When it comes to funding universal pre-K in the Empire State, most New Yorkers are on team Cuomo.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found Empire State voters preferred the governor's plan to fund early education with state money over Mayor Bill de Blasio's initiative, which would raise taxes on those who make $500,000 or more a year, by a 47% to 37% margin.

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Cuomo calls NYC's bid to raise minimum wage 'chaotic'

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday rejected as potentially “chaotic” a proposal by Mayor Bill de Blasio to create a higher New York City minimum wage in the latest clash of the state’s top Democrats.

“This could be a chaotic situation,” Cuomo said of De Blasio’s proposal, which the mayor announced in his State of the City speech Monday. “That competition within the state, I don't believe would be productive.”

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Crossing Verrazano Bridge may cost less for Staten Islanders

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Crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge would cost a little less for Staten Islanders and some commercial drivers under a deal reached between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state lawmakers.

If approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board at its Feb. 26 meeting, the discounted toll for Staten Island residents who use E-ZPass would drop to $5.50 from the current $6 or $6.36 per trip,...

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Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio seek federal funds for Brooklyn hospitals

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An immediate infusion of federal funds would help save struggling Brooklyn hospitals that may not otherwise stay open past February, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

State funds for Long Island College Hospital, for example, may not be available after next month, Cuomo said. He called for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to approve a $10 billion Medicaid...

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De Blasio presses Albany for universal pre-K

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Mayor Bill de Blasio made an all-out push for authority to raise taxes on the wealthy to expand pre-Kindergarten, saying he could get 54,000 four-year-olds into the program by September.

De Blasio, a Democrat elected in November, has made pre-Kindergarten expansion a signature issue. But the city needs state permission to carry out de Blasio's proposal to hike taxes on those earning more than...

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Cuomo starts year with high approval rating: Poll

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo starts his re-election year with major support from the Empire State's voters, a Siena College poll released Monday said.

The survey found the governor's approval rating is at 66%, as New Yorkers throw their weight behind his proposals he made during his state of the state address such as legalizing medical marijuana at select state hospitals, decreasing the estate tax and...

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Foreclosure victims push governor to focus on aid

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Dozens of New York foreclosure victims took to their phones Sunday in a massive phone conference to demand that the governor rethink his plans for the $613 million settlement awarded to the state attorney general's office following its lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wants the money to go into the state's general fund where he and Albany leaders can decide where it...

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Pot legalization groups see Cuomo efforts as step in right direction

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo made history Wednesday when he announced his executive order to partially legalize medicinal marijuana in the Empire State.

Although marijuana legalization groups say his proposal to allow 20 state hospitals to give patients the drug is a step in the right direction for medicinal use, they say the road to full decriminalization of the substance is still long and filled with...

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