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November 30, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
In a bid to expedite money to Superstorm Sandy victims, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order tightening rules on insurance companies and relaxing rules for homeowner advocates. According to the executive order, 24 insurance companies in the state must start investigating claims filed by families affected by Sandy within six days instead of the standard 15. Companies are also prohibited from canceling policies of homeowners and small businesses in stricken areas through Dec. 15, according to the Department of Financial Services.
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November 20, 2012 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
New York City voters give their leaders high marks for dealing with Hurricane Sandy, but it was the governor of New Jersey who won the highest accolades, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday. New Yorkers continue to deal with the after-effects of the superstorm that made landfall at the end of last month and the cleanup and restoration of much of metropolitan New York is expected to cost tens of billions of dollars. Not surprisingly, those New Yorkers living outside Manhattan said by a majority of 51% to 41% that the central borough was favored by government and relief agencies, while those living in Manhattan said they weren't favored by a narrow 47%-44% margin, the poll found.
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November 8, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali and Joseph Serna
NEW YORK -- The double hit of Superstorm Sandy and an early season nor'easter could cost New York state up to $33 billion, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called utility companies' response to the emergency a “failure.” Nearly 300,000 New Yorkers still had no electricity Thursday morning, and about a third of metropolitan New York's gas stations do not have gas. A nor'easter storm that brought high winds, freezing temperatures and piles of snow...
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November 1, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a transportation emergency Wednesday night, giving New York City the go-ahead to waive fares on the city's buses, subways and rail lines through Friday. An estimated 330 buses will move Brooklyn residents through the city, which Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Joseph Lhota called a “flotilla of buses,” and half the city's subway lines will begin limited operation along with limited rail service. It will all be  slower, more complicated and more crowded at first, but these are just the first steps, Cuomo and Lhota said at a news conference Wednesday night.
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October 31, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
New York will resume limited commuter rail service on Wednesday and some subway service on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. During a televised news conference, Cuomo said the commuter rail service,  including the Long Island Railroad and Metro North, which links the city to the northern suburbs, is scheduled to resume at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Limited subway service in Brooklyn and parts of Manhattan will resume at 2 p.m. on Thursday, he said. It will be supplemented by what he called a “bus bridge,” the use of buses to carry passengers.
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October 28, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- New York City's vast subway, bus and regional rail systems will be closed Sunday night in anticipation of dangerous winds and flooding from Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to begin slamming the area overnight.  “In a situation like this, you prepare for the worst and you hope for the best,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the closures, said at a news briefing.  The closure, set to start at 7 p.m. Sunday, marks...
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September 4, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Zipping around Charlotte this week, Martin O'Malley has the air of a runner seeking a head start in a race where his competitors aren't even in the starting gates. Maryland's governor seems to be everywhere at the Democratic National Convention. He has delegation breakfasts, panel discussions and network interviews in a packed schedule that also includes a role in the opening of the convention Tuesday night, and then a prime-time speech from the podium. After that: a jam session with O'Malley's March, his Irish rock band.
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June 4, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
New York will join more than a dozen states in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana displayed in public if the state Legislature approves a proposal made Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. At an Albany news conference, Cuomo, a Democrat, called for changing the state law to make possession of 25 grams of marijuana -- whether in public or private - punishable by a fine. Currently having at least 25 grams on public view is a misdemeanor, though having the same amount in private is just a violation.
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August 31, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Eastern states took slow but steady steps toward normalcy Wednesday, coping amid rescue and cleanup efforts after Hurricane Irene turned parts of the rural Northeast into flooded disaster areas. Officials in Vermont continued to airlift supplies — including food, water, medicine and diapers — to people cut off by flooded streams and rivers. But roads across the state were open to emergency vehicles, a step up from Tuesday when at least 13 communities were isolated, according to the Vermont Emergency Operations Center.
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June 25, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
New York's Andrew Cuomo may be a freshman governor, but he's no rookie. For 12 years, during his father's two terms in the governor's mansion, and as attorney general, Cuomo had an up-close look at how Albany works — and its famously gross dysfunction. By all assessments, he drew on that experience to have a productive first legislative session, capped by passage of a same-sex marriage bill while the whole country was watching. Just two years earlier, a measure to legalize same-sex marriage had failed.
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