Government

New York set to raise statewide tobacco, vaping age

By GREGORY ZELLER // Tobacco use may be in decline, but statistics show a sharp rise in “e-cigarette” use – and both remain a catastrophic public-health threat, particularly among younger generations. To that end, New York State is about to become the 18th state to raise its minimum age for the purchase of tobacco products to 21. The age hike, which also includes e-cigs and vaping products, is set to take effect Nov. 13. Governor…

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For Uber and NYS Dems, the great suburban showdown

By GREGORY ZELLER // Well, that’s a potential ouch upon our Uber. Long Islanders waited quite a while for Albany to decide ridesharing was legal in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Now, less than a year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation legalizing ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft on the Island, the New York State Assembly is looking to stick an additional $1 surcharge on every ridesharing trip outside New York City. And that’s on…


Nassau, Suffolk earn emergency-comm funds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nassau and Suffolk counties will receive millions in state funds to improve emergency communications between law enforcement agencies, fire departments and other first responders. All told, more than $55 million in state grant funding is heading to New York City and counties around the state for the purpose of enhancing emergency communications, both within the individual jurisdictions and between jurisdictions in case of a large-scale crisis. The money will be used…


Multistate coalition to sue feds over new tax law

By GREGORY ZELLER // Responding to “an economic missile (fired) at the fiscal health of our state,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo and friends are taking the federal government to court. Joined by freshy minted New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy – all Democrats – Cuomo announced Friday that the three states have formed a coalition that will challenge the controversial Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 in court. The lawsuit specifically…


State of the State 2018: Cuomo tears into Trump, TCJA

By GREGORY ZELLER // He’s Andrew Cuomo, and he approves this message. With a deft comedic touch, impressive stamina and a decidedly presidential timbre, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered a no-holds-barred 2018 State of the State Address Wednesday, blasting “federal” targets, touting seven years of statewide socioeconomic progress under his watch and laying out an ambitious New Year’s agenda. The governor’s 90-minute address rocketed from business-development programs to clean-energy initiatives to environmental-remediation efforts to the new…


For SUNY medical schools, difficult choices ahead

By GREGORY ZELLER // With various D.C. follies choking off federal funding, SUNY’s academic medical centers are starting to feel the pinch. And the State University’s teaching hospitals – including Stony Brook University Hospital – may have to roll back certain services to remain solvent, according to a top SUNY officer. As reported this week (subscriber content) by Politico, Ricardo Azziz, SUNY’s chief officer of academic health and hospital affairs, on Nov. 15 told a…


At Northwell, ATF handles the arrests (cardiac, that is)

By GREGORY ZELLER // The heavyset, middle-aged man was down and in clear cardiac arrest. With no healthcare professionals standing between him and certain death, the two federal agents swooped in. In a tense moment usually reserved for your favorite 10 p.m. crime drama, the dramatic scene played out Thursday at the Northwell Health system’s Patient Safety Institute, where “tactical medics” from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives got a crash-cart course…