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The time between escaping the violence of Colombia and coming to Queens at age 9 to becoming a state assemblywoman was no smooth ride for Catalina Cruz, who last November became the first “Dreamer” in New York elected to public office. more
The village will be installing artificial turf at Stephen E. Tighe Memorial Park this year, Mayor Francis X. Murray announced at the village board’s Feb. 4 meeting, after years of trying to improve the playing surface. more
On Jan. 30, state lawmakers approved the first new gun control laws since the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act passed in 2013. Gun control advocates cheered the further tightening … more
On Jan. 30, state lawmakers approved the first new gun control laws since the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act passed in 2013. Gun control advocates cheered the further tightening of New York’s laws, which address bump stocks and recent pushes to arm teachers. more
With Feb. 14 drawing near and marking the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that left 17 dead, the nation’s legislators, students, parents and activists continue to fight for stricter gun policies. In New York, proposed gun reform laws could be passed in Albany as soon as this week, according to State Sen. Todd Kaminsky. more
After the Democratically controlled State Assembly and Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law, protecting and expanding abortion rights in New York. more
The New York State Senate passed a bill last week that eliminates the mandatory use of state assessments to determine a teacher or principal’s effectiveness. It amends a 2015 education law and empowers school districts and teachers to make the decision on whether to use standardized tests in teacher or principal evaluations. more
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his ninth State of the State address on Jan. 15, and unveiled his proposed $175 billion budget for fiscal year 2020, which would cut aid to villages such as Rockville Centre. more
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran on Jan. 10 announced the formation of a task force to study the impact legal recreational marijuana might have on the county. Nassau County Police Commissioner … more
State Assemblywoman Judy Griffin was sworn in during a ceremony at Molloy College’s Madison Theatre on Jan. 13 two months after she defeated incumbent Brian Curran. more
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