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All colleges in New York state will be mandated to adopt uniform affirmative consent policies, including private schools, Reuters reports. Governor Cuomo signed the bill on Tuesday during a rally at NYU, saying “Why is sex assault on college campuses such a problem? Because we let it go on too long.” “The so-called ‘yes means […]

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New York State has begun accepting applications for its nascent medical weed program, Forbes reports. Potential providers have until May 29th to apply with the Department of Health, and approvals are scheduled to be announced in July. The application fee is $10,000 and the registration fee will be $200,000. Potential distributors will have to demonstrate […]

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As New York cautiously inches towards implementing a medical weed program, the Department of Health released some of the groundwork for the state’s “medical marihuana [sic]” program that’s being proposed (PDF doc). The regulations are every bit as restrictive as imagined — and for some families, not timely enough, forcing them to flee to other […]

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In a decision that shouldn’t even have to be debated, New York State settled with the NYCLU today, agreeing to provide defendants with a suitable attorney if they cannot afford one. Despite the fact that it has been the law for 50 years, New York has consistently failed to provide a defense lawyer and has even gone as far […]

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Albany is currently debating an appeal to give a chimpanzee the right to personhood. Specifically, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP) hopes that the courts will award a 26-year-old chimpanzee named Tommy the right to not spend the rest of his life alone in a small cage. Founder of the NRP, Steven Wise tells Wired, “Both […]

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According to a recent study, only 22% of adults in New York are in the donor registry, compared to 48% in other states nationwide. The lagging rate is mostly due to bureaucratic reasons. Nonprofits run the registries in the eight out of ten states with the highest sign-up rates for organ donation, leading to more direct advocacy. […]

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The highest court in New York State ruled this week that towns can use zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracking within their borders, the New York Times reports. There has yet to be any fracking in the state, as the State Health Department studies its harmful potential, but that hasn’t stopped people from worrying what […]

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Last week, California became the second state (with New Jersey) to ban “revenge porn,” making it a criminal offense punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine according. New York senators are proposing similar and harsher measures: Revenge porn refers to nude and sexually explicit photos and videos that are meant […]

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When the 135-year Willard Insane Asylum was demolished in 1995, a local NY State preservationist came across some incredible relics: hundreds of dusty old suitcases belonging to patients who had lived and died within the hospital’s walls. Eleven years later, photographer Jon Crispin was given permission to come and investigate. Since then, he has been […]

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Fair weather fucks, listen up: stop leaving New York. You’re messing it up for the rest of us. According to a new report, New York has lost 1.6 million residents to other, lesser states in the last decade. […]

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