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Aug
9
2020

Update: State Sen. Jim Gaughran said Sunday that he wants the chairman of the Long Island Power Authority and the president of PSEG-LI ousted from their jobs because of the utility’s response to Tropical Storm Isaias.

He sent letters to Ralph Izzo, chairman of the Public Service Enterprise Group, parent company of PSEG-LI (Public Service Electric and Gas), which serves Long Island, and Ralph Suozzi, chairman of the board of the Long...read more ››

Aug
7
2020

The sound of generators echoed through the night on Thursday as many Glen Cove residents are still without power days after Tropical Storm Isaias felled trees and power lines across the island.

And after days of no electricity leading to no air conditioner, useless refrigerators and an inability to brew coffee in the morning, many Glen Cove residents and officials are fed up.

“There’s a lot of people in Glen Cove without power,...read more ››

Aug
6
2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into law new legislation that makes it possible for the state to revoke real estate licenses from agents and brokers who violate anti-discrimination laws.

Cuomo said New York has “zero tolerance” for discrimination of any kind and that the “sheer scope and breadth of the unscrupulous and discriminatory real estate practices uncovered on Long Island is repugnant to who we are.”

The...read more ››

Aug
5
2020

State and local officials pounced on PSEG Long Island Wednesday, demanding state probes into the utility's communication failures the day before when Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out power to more than a third of its customers.

From Albany to Hempstead, officials expressed outrage and demanded answers to the widespread inability of PSEG customers to get through to the company to report outages and receive estimated restoration times....read more ››

Aug
5
2020

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency Wednesday in Suffolk County and 11 other counties to provide funds for clean-up and operations after Tropical Storm Isaias, and ordered an investigation into state utilities.

“We’re taking an all-hands-on-deck approach and activating every resource at our disposal to expedite communities’ recovery from the impacts of Tropical Storm Isaias,” Cuomo said. “The State is working closely...read more ››

Aug
4
2020

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation Monday giving the Department of State the authority to revoke or suspend the licenses of real estate professionals who violate the state Human Rights Law.

The legislation grew out of reports by Newsday of race-based discrimination by Long Island real estate agents.

State Sen. James Gaughran, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said, “”This law will provide teeth to the enforcement of...read more ››

Aug
4
2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation explicitly granting the Department of State the authority to discipline real estate professionals found to have violated provisions of the state Human Rights Law by revoking or suspending their licenses.

Cuomo had directed the state’s Division of Human Rights, the Division of Homes and Community Renewal and Department of State to launch a joint investigation into reports of widespread...read more ››

Aug
4
2020

That housing segregation still exists is one of the maddening facts of 21st-century life. We all know it’s wrong, it’s been called out for decades, and yet it persists. So we applaud Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for signing legislation that allows licenses of real estate professionals to be suspended or revoked if they engage in discriminatory behavior.

The bill, sponsored by two Long Islanders, State Sen. James Gaughran (D-Northport) and...read more ››

Aug
3
2020

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law Monday, sparked by a Newsday investigation, targeting real estate discrimination by allowing the state to suspend or revoke agents’ licenses.

The state already has authority to suspend a broker’s license for fraudulent practices and other causes. The new law adds another cause: “Violation of the human rights law,” a reference to the state’s anti-discrimination statute.

The real-estate...read more ››

Aug
3
2020

New York’s real estate professionals can now have their licenses revoked for violating the Human Rights Law.

In an effort to further reinforce New York’s commitment to combat housing discrimination, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that grants the Department of State the authority to discipline real estate professionals found to have violated provisions of the state Human Rights Law by revoking or suspending their license....read more ››

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