Albany

Disparate Groups Urge NY to Cut Taxes

by Associated Press, Michael Gormley
corporate tax protestor

Michael Fleshman, flickr

   Business groups as well as progressive social service groups told New York officials they must put an end to decades of targeted, often politically fueled tax breaks and, instead, fairly cut taxes to turn around one of the country's worst business climates.

Liu: Legalize Pot to Help NYC Youth

by Jeff Coltin
Bowl of Marijuana

Blind Nomad, flickr

John Liu wants to legalize pot to help the city's youth. The New York City Comptroller and democratic mayoral candidate released a report on Wednesday saying legalizing and taxing marijuana would garner the city more than $400 million each year. He said the extra money could be used to lower tuition at CUNY schools.

Gun Owners Rally in Albany

by Associated Press
New York State Capitol in Albany

wadester16/flickr

Days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the nation's toughest gun restrictions, gun owners and Second Amendment activists gathered at the state Capitol on Saturday as part of a series of nationwide rallies in support of firearms rights.

New Yorkers Challenge Strict Gun Laws

by Associated Press
Gun Sculpture by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd

Francois Polito/Wikimedia Commons

Gun rights advocates expect court challenges to New York's tightest-in-the-nation restrictions on guns.

A Republican state senator from Saratoga says her online petition for repealing the provisions has drawn more than 37,000 signatures since yesterday. Sen. Kathy Marchione says if legislative attempts at repeal fails, she'll go to court.

Besides banning assault rifles, the state law calls for mandatory background checks for ammunition purchases and tries to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people who may be a threat.

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