July 7, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed the Compassionate Care Act into law, making New York the twenty-third state to legalize medical marijuana. The bill legalizes the possession, manufacture, use, delivery, transport or administration of medical marijuana by a designated caregiver for a ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
A trial judge for the Supreme Court of New York dismissed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging the state's strict gun laws. The plaintiffs, a group of gun rights activists, argued that the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (SAFE Act) infringes upon rights granted by the ...[read more]
January 9, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during his State of the State address on Wednesday plans for a medical marijuana pilot program which would permit up to 20 hospitals to distribute medical marijuana to patients with serious illnesses. Cuomo's plan states that the pilot program "will allow ...[read more]
February 1, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On February 1, 2008, a unanimous New York state appeals court ruled that the state is legally obligated to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) represented Patricia Martinez against her Rochester-based employer, Monroe Community College, which ...[read more]
January 16, 2013
by Keith Herting
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation intended to impose tighter restrictions on gun and ammunition sales. By enacting the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE), New York becomes the first state to amend its gun control laws following the ...[read more]
September 8, 2012
by Max Slater
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed into law a bill that amends the state's penal code to prohibit the access and viewing of child pornography on the Internet. The bill was passed in response to the state Court of Appeals decision in People v. Kent, which held that under existing New ...[read more]
April 16, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On April 16, 2009, New York Governor David Patterson announced the introduction of legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The legislation was designed to amend the New York Domestic Relations Law to allow same-sex couples to enter in to civil marriages, which would give ...[read more]
June 25, 2011
by Aman Kakar
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) on Friday signed legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state. The New York State Senate had passed the Marriage Equality Act 33-29 earlier that day following weeks of negotiations. The act eliminates any legal distinctions between opposite-sex and ...[read more]
June 19, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On June 19, 2007, the New York State Assembly voted 85-61 to pass a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill was proposed in April 2007 by Governor Eliot Spitzer. The bill went on to be defeated in the New York State Senate. A similar measure was again passed by the Assembly in 2009 after it ...[read more]
June 16, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The New York State Assembly passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage Wednesday, but the fate of the bill is uncertain as it moves to the State Senate. The Assembly passed the Marriage Equality Act, drafted by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), Wednesday evening 80-63, sending it to the Senate. The ...[read more]

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