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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 9-year-old Amanda Houser and other elected officials applaud July 7, 2014, at a ceremony in which the governor signed a bill into law legalizing medical marijuana. (Credit: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office)

New York Becomes 23rd State To Allow Medical Marijuana

Under 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.

07/07/2014

A case containing medical marijuana (Photo: CBS 2)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NY Lawmakers Reach Deal On Medical Marijuana

The 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.

06/19/2014

Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. (credit: Getty Images)

Tensions Run High As NY Medical Marijuana Deadline Nears

An 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.

06/16/2014

City elected officials announce legislation to crack down on pop-up adult daycare centers, June 6, 2013. (credit: Twitter.com/Christine Quinn)

City Officials Propose Crackdown On Unregulated Medicaid-Funded Senior Centers

Gov. 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.

06/06/2013

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Report: ‘Shocking’ Conditions In N.Y. Day Care Centers

State 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.

05/31/2013

State Senators are proposing legislation that would warn parents about violations by city day care centers. (Credit CBS 2)

Report: Conditions At Some City Day Care Centers Could Put Your Child At Risk

Common violations included failure to properly screen workers for criminal records, not keeping areas clean, and not maintaining window guards.

05/16/2013

Cigarette Smoking (file/credit: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

Taking City’s Lead, NY State Lawmakers Urge Increasing Minimum Age For Tobacco Purchases

On Sunday, State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal announced state legislation to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products.

04/28/2013

Stage 4 cancer patient Beverly McClain speaks in favor of legalizing medical use of marijuana in New York, April 25, 2013. (credit: Rich Lamb/WCBS 880)

New York State Lawmakers Push For Medical Marijuana Law

State Sen. Diane Savino said if enacted, New York would have the most highly regulated, tightly controlled medical marijuana law in the nation.

04/25/2013

Leiby Kletzky (handout); Levi Aron (credit: Facebook via CBS 2)

‘Leiby’s Initiative': Lawmakers To Propose $500 Tax Credit For Surveillance Camera Installation

In 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.

07/15/2011

Doctor (file/credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Democratic Lawmakers Want Doctor Tie Ban In New York

Some 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.

05/04/2011

New York State Senate (credit: CBS 2)

NY Senate Democrats Get Chairmanships

The New York Senate’s new Republican majority has given committee chairmanships to three Democrats who split earlier from their party’s main caucus.

01/26/2011

$100 U.S. bills - File / Photo: TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images

S.I. Woman Gets $10,000 From Unclaimed Funds

Penny Martin won’t have to be pinching pennies any more.

10/22/2010