Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed sweeping criminal justice reforms into law last month that will eliminate cash bail and pretrial detention for most low-level offenses.
Under the new law, those arrested for misdemeanor crimes and nonviolent felonies will be issued a desk appearance ticket rather than face a judge for an arraignment, where bail is traditionally set.
As budget season begins for school districts across the state, local administrators are evaluating how much of the $27.7 billion in state aid they can expect.
The figures from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget show a year-to-year funding increase of $956 million, or 3.6 percent, according to documents released by the Department of Education. Most districts in Southold and Riverhead Towns are expected to see varying levels of increases. READ
State lawmakers Tuesday approved legislation that strengthens abortion rights in New York.
The state Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act in a 38-24 vote. READ
A federal judge in New York has blocked the Trump administration from inquiring about citizenship on the 2020 Census. READ
Riverhead Town will receive $3 million in state funding to help with water infrastructure projects, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.
According to Mark Conklin, Riverhead Water District Superintendent, the funds will help the department address manganese concerns at Plant No. 5, located on Middle Road just east of Northville Turnpike. READ
Incumbent Republican Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo won a landslide victory in Thursday’s primary against challenger Mike Yacubich. READ
Teenagers under the age of 18 will now have to rely on the sun to maintain their tan. Legislation signed last Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo now bans them from using indoor tanning facilities. READ
Southampton Town will formally receive $1 million in grant money from New York State to bolster two projects in Riverside, according to a press release from Southampton Town. READ