Carrying a condom in New York could lead to your arrest. Why? Because it is legal for law enforcement to cite condom possession as evidence that a person engaged in prostitution. Targeting condoms, however, is an ineffective deterrent to prostitution and threatens public health. The practice also co ... More >>
It's no secret that Governor Andrew Cuomo is pretty pissed off with the lack of preparedness New York utilities companies had for Hurricane Sandy. It's also no secret that New York utilities companies have absolutely sucked at responding to power outages caused by the storm -- and Cuomo wants to kno ... More >>
For the third time this month, a New York school bus driver is accused of driving a bus drunk.The latest allegedly tipsy driver is 47-year-old James Sommer, of Massapequa. At the time of his alleged DWI, Sommer was transporting 29 seventh graders on a field trip to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory ... More >>
Several New York pols are pushing to have breathalyzers installed in every school bus in the entire state. You might be thinking, "does New York really have a drunk bus driver problem?" Well, yeah, it does.In the last two weeks, two school bus drivers have been accused of driving a bus while drunk. ... More >>
As we reported yesterday, State Senate Republicans killed a bill proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo that would further decriminalize marijuana in the Empire State by closing a loophole that makes having weed in public a misdemeanor, while possessing weed in private is only a violation.No skin off the ... More >>
As we reported earlier, a bill that would decriminalize the "public view" loophole in New York's marijuana possession law appears to be dead in the water -- and weed fans are pissed. The Drug Policy Alliance, one of the many groups pushing the bill, is holding Republicans in the Senate responsible f ... More >>
The Feds and local authorities this week rounded up 98 people involved in the trafficking of prescription drugs like oxycodone, including two doctors and a nurse. Law enforcement officers executed dozens of search warrants, and sued a Brooklyn pharmacist to bar him from dispensing the highly addicti ... More >>
As we reported earlier, Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make possession of marijuana even less illegal than it already is -- a move that apparently has the support of just about everyone.The governor's office put out a press release this afternoon announcing Cuomo's plan to make possessing weed in "p ... More >>
The U.S. Senate has just put the kibosh on K2.
After a months-long effort to ban synthetic marijuana, spearheaded by the Empire State's very own Charles Schumer, the Senate voted today to ban the sale of fake bud.
In New York City, 357 drivers were arrested in 2011 for being under the influence of drugs -- up from 81 ten years prior. That's more than a 300 percent increase.
That's why Sen. Chuck Schumer is making a funding push to crackdown on "drugged driving" through new on-site technologies that would id ... More >>
When the investigation into an SAT cheating ring led to the arrests of a bunch of Long Island high schoolers (and one college student, the test taker, Sam Eshaghoff, who was at Emory before all this happened), we were, perhaps wrongfully, somewhat enamored of the idea of an SAT cheating ring. After ... More >>
Sam EshaghoffSam Eshaghoff, a 19-year-old student at Emory University, has been busted as the alleged kingpin in an SAT cheating ring after apparently taking the text for at least six students from Great Neck North High School in Mineola, Long Island, making between $1,500 and $2,500 a pop. W ... More >>
Kathleen Rice is making good on a promise of her failed campaign for state Attorney General by appointing a panel of outside legal experts to re-investigate the 1988 conviction of Jesse Friedman, who served 13 years in prison in a notorious sex abuse case that was the subject of the Academy-A ... More >>
NARAL New York just produced a video and hosted a press conference for Eric Schneiderman, the Democratic candidate for attorney general. NARAL has yet to even endorse Andrew Cuomo, the sitting attorney general who is running for governor.
Yet it is governors who shape abortion policy; Ne ... More >>
If you've never heard of Jay Townsend, guess what?
He runs a small marketing firm and lives in Cornwall on the Hudson and last night he got at least 10,000 more votes than Eric Schneiderman (http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/primary_2010_returns/). Townsend is now the Republican cand ... More >>
Campaigns test and reveal character, and we've learned a lot about Eric Schneiderman's character that we didn't know when he launched his "reform" candidacy for attorney general. The lessons of the last few days include:
--Hoodwinking the New York Times into thinking he was the anti-Cuomo ca ... More >>
The marathon debating team of five Democratic candidates for Attorney General met again last night and if they are maybe running out of steam somewhat after seven straight matches who can blame them?
Kathleen Rice, the Nassau County D.A. who is leading both polls and fundraising, gave the ev ... More >>
In the only hotly contested statewide primary race, the buzzword is "independence."
The theory, propagated by those unlikely to get Andrew Cuomo's support to replace him as attorney general, is that an endorsement from the probable next governor would compromise a law enforcement official wh ... More >>
RiceIt sounds like an exotic Sandra Lee recipe: pigeon and rice.
Lee is the Andrew Cuomo gal pal who took time off from her Food Network on-camera cooking duties to appear with him at his gubernatorial announcement and was famously asked by Roseanna Scotto recently on Fox Five when Andrew wo ... More >>
By Gavin Aronsen
Andrew Cuomo, New York's likely next governor, has made it known that fellow Democratic office seekers should sign onto a single-page pledge to reform Albany if they expect to win his endorsement for this fall's election. But only two of his hopeful AG successors, Nassau County DA ... More >>
The 18-year-old Hoftsra student who said she was raped by five men on Sunday is taking it back, and the four men who were arrested on that charge have been set free. The young woman admits that the sex was consensual, and the Nassau County D.A. who was pursuing the case, Kathleen Rice, has turned he ... More >>