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NYC Hosts Medical Marijuana Expo As State Ramps Up For LegalizationNew York state lawmakers and advocates of medical marijuana are gathering in Times Square to discuss the implementation of a new state law authorizing marijuana as a treatment for certain medical conditions.
New York Becomes 23rd State To Allow Medical MarijuanaUnder legislation signed into law on Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, patients with one of 10 diseases will be able to obtain nonsmokeable versions of the drug.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NY Lawmakers Reach Deal On Medical MarijuanaThe Compassionate Care Act negotiated by Cuomo and lawmakers doesn't allow the drug to be sold in plant form or smoked -- one of Cuomo's key demands.
Tensions Run High As NY Medical Marijuana Deadline NearsAn agreement between the state Senate and Assembly on whether to legalize medical marijuana in New York is due before midnight Monday in order to be voted on before the legislative session ends later this week.
City Officials Propose Crackdown On Unregulated Medicaid-Funded Senior CentersGov. Cuomo's attempt to rein in Medicaid spending allowed private operators to open adult daycare centers. Since then, the number of the Medicaid-funded centers in New York City has exploded.
Report: 'Shocking' Conditions In N.Y. Day Care CentersState inspections found children isolated in closets, subjected to corporal punishment and humiliated in New York day care centers that saw little state oversight and enforcement, according to a report released by the state Senate's Independent Democratic Conference.
Report: Conditions At Some City Day Care Centers Could Put Your Child At RiskCommon violations included failure to properly screen workers for criminal records, not keeping areas clean, and not maintaining window guards.
Taking City's Lead, NY State Lawmakers Urge Increasing Minimum Age For Tobacco PurchasesOn Sunday, State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal announced state legislation to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products.
New York State Lawmakers Push For Medical Marijuana LawState Sen. Diane Savino said if enacted, New York would have the most highly regulated, tightly controlled medical marijuana law in the nation.
'Leiby's Initiative': Lawmakers To Propose $500 Tax Credit For Surveillance Camera InstallationIn the aftermath of the senseless and brutal murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, lawmakers want to encourage homeowners in residential areas to get their own surveillance gear.
Democratic Lawmakers Want Doctor Tie Ban In New YorkSome lawmakers in Albany want a state law to prohibit doctors from wearing neckties in hospitals. The proposal cites a study that shows bacteria that could lead to serious infection can be carried on ties and other loose-fitting clothing.
NY Senate Democrats Get ChairmanshipsThe New York Senate's new Republican majority has given committee chairmanships to three Democrats who split earlier from their party's main caucus.
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