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New York State Sen. Tony Avella (Credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Avella Defeats Former Comptroller Liu In State Senate Primary

New York State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) defeated former New York City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu in the Democratic primary for the state’s 11th Senate District Tuesday night.

09/10/2014

New York state Senate chamber (File / Credit: Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

Breakaway Democrats Might Dissolve Coalition With NY Senate Republicans

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein said Wednesday that his four-member Independent Democratic Conference will work to form a new coalition with traditional Democrats in the Senate.

06/25/2014

A "gothic kitty" (Credit: Personal photo via CBSNews.com)

NY Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Pet Tattoos, Piercings

The bill came following reports of the sale of so-called “gothic kittens” that had piercings on their necks and back, and of a Brooklyn tattoo artist who tattooed his dog.

06/18/2014

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

A case containing medical marijuana (Photo: CBS 2)

NY Lawmakers Begin Negotiations Over Medical Marijuana

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said he’s open to the so-called “Compassionate Care Act,” but has reservations about the drug being exploited.

06/12/2014

Heroin overdose kit (Credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

New York State Senate Passes 23 Bills Geared Toward Curbing Heroin Use

The New York state Senate on Monday approved nearly two dozen bills intended to curb heroin use, including a measure to allow schools to administer a powerful heroin and opiate antidote.

06/09/2014

FILE -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: Getty Images)

Cuomo Says He’ll Approve Medical Marijuana With Proper Regulation

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he will sign medical marijuana legislation into law as long as the measure “makes sense.”

06/09/2014

The New York state Capitol in Albany (credit: Getty Images)

As NY Legislative Session Winds Down, Minimum Wage, Medical Marijuana Among Unresolved Issues

With attention turning to the fall elections, New York legislators may end their session without voting on a minimum wage increase, medical marijuana, public campaign financing or other high-profile issues.

06/08/2014

Sen. Malcolm A. Smith on March 12, 2008  in Albany, New York. (Credit: Getty Images)

Malcolm Smith Corruption Trial Set To Begin Amid State Senator’s Re-Election Bid

State Sen. Malcolm Smith is accused of trying to bribe his way onto the ballot says.

06/01/2014

A beachfront home damaged by superstorm Sandy stands behind a newly built protective sea wall in the Belle Harbor section of Queens on Oct. 9, 2013. (credit: Getty Images)

State Lawmakers Pass De Blasio’s Post-Sandy Property Tax Relief Bill

New York state lawmakers on Tuesday passed legislation proposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, which would prevent higher tax bills for city residents who rebuilt or repaired their homes after they were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

05/20/2014

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

State Senate Committee Advances Medical Marijuana Bill

The Republican-led New York State Senate Health Committee approved a medical marijuana bill on Tuesday.

05/20/2014

The New York state Capitol in Albany (credit: Getty Images)

Women’s Equality Bills Reintroduced In N.Y. Senate After Failure Last Year

A series of bills dubbed the Women’s Equality Act were reintroduced Tuesday in the New York State Senate, after the package was derailed last year over a contentious late-term abortion proposal.

05/20/2014

UFC MMA Mixed Martial Arts (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

State Senate Votes To Legalize Mixed Martial Arts In New York

Alexis Davis looked more like legislative staff than a Las Vegas-bound professional fighter as she made the rounds Tuesday at the New York Capitol as part of another push to legalize professional mixed martial arts.

05/13/2014

Kyle Stamm smokes an electronic cigarette at Henley Vaporium in New York City. (credit: Getty Images)

NY Senate Debating Public Ban On E-Cigarettes

The Senate Health Committee panel heard testimony Monday from health experts who said that the nicotine liquid and the vapor e-cigarettes produce could be hazardous to both consumers and the public.

05/12/2014

Officials watch as a Suffolk police officer demonstrates use of antidote via nasal spray (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Heroin Antidote Bill Passes NY Legislature

The bipartisan measure would allow health care professionals to provide orders for naloxone to certified training programs and pharmacies.

05/07/2014

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