Tag Archives: Andrew Cuomo

Cynthia Nixon Mulls Bid For New York Governor

The Hill reports: Actress Cynthia Nixon is being floated as a possible primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) in 2018. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the “Sex & The City” star is considering a run against Cuomo, whose policies she has criticized before on The View. “Basically, Gov. Cuomo is shortchanging the children of New York State,” …

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TONIGHT: One WTC To Light With Trans Pride Colors

I believe this is a first. Via press release: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the spire of One World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge to be lit this weekend in honor of LGBT pride. The iconic landmarks will be lit the colors of the transgender flag for Trans Day of Action today, June 23rd and the colors of …

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NEW YORK: State Senate Confirms Judge Paul Feinman As First Openly Gay Man On State’s Highest Court

The Associated Press reports: New York’s highest court has a new member. The state Senate on Wednesday confirmed Paul Feinman to serve on the Court of Appeals. He will be the first openly gay person to serve on the court. Feinman has been a judge for more than 20 years. He fills a vacancy created by the death of Judge …

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World Trade Center Goes Green In Defiance Of Trump

Trump is being trolled worldwide: Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered two New York City landmarks – the World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge – to be lit in green Thursday night to express the state’s support for the Paris accord. “The White House’s reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, …

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New York Becomes Fourth State To Reaffirm North Carolina Travel Ban After Fake Repeal Of Hate Law

Via press release: Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality NC hailed the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo has reaffirmed New York’s ban on taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina. The announcement comes after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Senate President Phil Berger, and House Speaker Tim Moore passed a law — HB 142 — doubling down on many of …

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NEW YORK CITY: Nation’s First Female Muslim Judge Found Dead On Bank Of The Hudson River [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first-ever female Muslim judge in U.S. history and the first African-American woman to serve on New York’s highest court, was found dead Wednesday on the bank of the Hudson River, police said. Abdus-Salaam, 65, was discovered floating fully clothed on the Manhattan side of the river, by the Henry Hudson Parkway …

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New York Becomes First State To Offer Free College

UPI reports: New York became the first state to waive college tuition for middle-class students with the passage of a bill in its Senate. Under a plan first introduced in January by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, undergraduate students at State University of New York or City University of New York schools will be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship if their families …

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NEW YORK: Flanked By Sen. Bernie Sanders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo Proposes Free State College Tuition

The New York Times reports: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a plan Tuesday morning to offer free tuition at state colleges to hundreds of thousands of middle- and low-income New Yorkers, seizing on a popular liberal talking point on the eve of national Republican ascension. Under the governor’s plan, any college student who has been accepted to a state or …

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Launches Hate Crimes Hotline In Reaction To Trump-Inspired Incidents

Via press release from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a toll-free hotline to report incidents of bias and discrimination across the state. The hotline will bolster the state’s efforts to protect New Yorkers and allow those who are the victim of prejudice to file a complaint with the Division of Human Rights. Following an …

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Gays And Minorities: New York Will Protect You From Attacks By Trump And His Fans

Posted today to the Facebook page of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: The state of New York has a proud legacy as the progressive capital of the nation, and that is more important today than ever before. As New Yorkers, we have fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign. So let me be absolutely clear: …

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NEW YORK: Gay Lawmaker Daniel O’Donnell Asks Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Extend Travel Ban To Mississippi

Via press release from openly gay New York Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell: It is once again time for New York to send a strong message to the country that we will not allow state funded travel to states that allow discrimination against LGBT individuals. These laws, veiled as religious freedom, are simply attempts to skirt around the Supreme Court ruling last …

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Slams “Politically Correct Smear” By New York Gov. Cuomo [VIDEO]

Politico reports: The criticism and backlash to North Carolina’s new law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people reeks of hypocrisy in several ways, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday. Voters in the Final Four host city of Houston, McCrory remarked during an interview with “Fox and Friends,” last November overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 1, known …

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bans Non-Essential North Carolina Travel For State Workers

Add New York state to New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. From Gov. Cuomo’s edict: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an executive order banning all non-essential state travel to North Carolina. The order requires all New York State agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the state …

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Take Executive Action Against Ex-Gay Torture, Three Agencies Involved

Huge news today in New York state! From the HRC: Under Gov. Cuomo’s leadership, the New York State Department of Financial Services will issue regulations prohibiting insurance providers from covering conversion therapy on patients under the age of 18. The New York State Office of Mental Health will prohibit mental health providers from using conversion therapy on youth under the …

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NEW YORK CITY: Gov. Cuomo Lays Out Ambitious $3 Billion Renovation Plan For Penn Station

Gothamist reports: Governor Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he is spearheading a comprehensive overhaul of Penn Station. In conjunction with Amtrak and the MTA, the renovation will seek a private developer to convert the Farley post office building on Eighth Avenue into a grand, sun-soaked waiting area. Maybe this time the stories will be true? The project—dubbed the Empire Station …

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Issue Executive Order Protecting Trans Citizens From Discrimination

One of the biggest annoyances I’ve had as New York-based activist has been reporting year after year after year that a transgender rights bill had been rejected by the state Senate despite eight consecutive years of passage in the state Assembly. After much lobbying, finally Gov. Andrew Cuomo comes to the rescue. The New York Times reports: Taking action on …

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NEW YORK CITY: Boobstroversy Grows As Cuomo And De Blasio Vow To Shut Down Topless Times Square Performers

Thanks to weeks of relentless front page outrage by New York City’s tabloids, both Gov. Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio have vowed to chase out the dozens of painted topless women who work Times Square for tips. Gothamist reports: “I believe this activity is illegal,” he [Cuomo] said, speaking to NY1. “I believe it is infringing on legitimate businesses. I …

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UNVEILED: $4B Plan For New LGA

As they might say on HGTV, LGA is a complete tear-down. Therefore, according to plans unveiled today, a completely new single $4B terminal will be built in the current parking lot, after which the ramshackle four old terminals will be razed. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden today held a joint press conference about the project, which is …

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Airbnb Expands To Cuba

Via Digital Trends: Airbnb extends its tendrils to just about every country within reach, so it’s no surprise that Cuba finally made the list. Earlier this month, the home-rental liaison took advantage of loosened U.S. trade restrictions to begin offering its services in the Communist island nation. The listings number in the hundreds right now, but Airbnb has been sending …

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bans State-Funded Travel To Indiana

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s move came after pressure from gay New York state legislators. The five gay lawmakers in the state Legislature wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo today urging him to boycott Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” and ban state travel to the state. The lawmakers—Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Daniel O’Donnell, Harry Bronson and Matthew Titone—joined …

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