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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 ››

Jul
30
2020

NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York State public health officials on Thursday implemented stricter drinking water regulations that decrease the acceptable standards for harmful chemicals.

Those chemicals include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and 1,4-dioxane, which can be found in drinking water.

"Today, New York has prioritized public health and drinking water protections for families, communities,...read more ››

Jul
30
2020

A bill to create the North Shore Water Authority passed the State Senate on July 23. It must now pass the Assembly to be put on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature.

The bill, authored by Sen. Jim Gaughran, a Democrat from Northport, would establish a public water authority that could take over the New York American Water-owned Sea Cliff Water District. That entity would then provide water to Sea Cliff, Glen Head and Glenwood...read more ››

Jul
28
2020

After a newspaper investigation uncovered widespread race-based discrimination in the Long Island housing market, New York has passed a bill that puts a real estate agent or broker’s license on the line if they are found to engage in discriminatory behavior.

The bill, introduced by James Gaughran, a state senator for the 5th district, which covers the North Shore of Long Island, made its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed it Aug...read more ››

Jul
23
2020

ALBANY — Every year, more than 100 Industrial Development Agencies throughout New York provide assistance to businesses in the form of tax breaks and low-interest bonds, with the stated goal of creating jobs and stimulating economic activity across the state.

But a report released Thursday by New York's Authorities Budget Office found issues with transparency, failures to adhere to reporting requirements and assistance that had been...read more ››

Jul
23
2020

The state would get the power to suspend or revoke the license of real estate agents under a new bill targeting discriminatory practices.

The Senate approved the bill overwhelmingly Wednesday, 59 votes to 1. The Assembly is expected to pass it today.

The bill was sparked by a 2019 Newsday investigation that revealed widespread race discrimination in Long Island’s housing market, including agents steering buyers to certain...read more ››

Jul
22
2020

ALBANY — New York lawmakers have reached a deal on a new bill, sparked by a Newsday investigation, targeting real estate discrimination by allowing the state to suspend or revoke agents’ licenses.

The state already has the power to suspend a broker’s license for fraudulent practices, misleading advertising and other causes. The new bill would add another cause: “Violation of the human rights law,” a reference to the state’s anti-...read more ››

Jul
22
2020

A bill to give Public Service Commission the power to order LIPA implement management and operations reforms was passed Wednesday by the state Senate.

Sponsored by State Sen. James Gaughran, the bill was previously approved by the state Assembly. Gaughran’s office said, the legislation will authorize the PSC to require LIPA implement reforms made in any audit where fraud, abuse, or mismanagement by a service provider was found. The...read more ››

Jul
22
2020

Real estate brokers could have their licenses revoked for discrimination during the home buying process under a measure expected to be approved later today by the state Senate.
The bill backed by Sen. Jim Gaughran would apply the state's Human Rights Law to the real estate industry, which bars housing discrimination.
The measure is being considered in response to a Newsday investigation published last year that found...read more ››

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