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New York governor urges mandatory DNA samples

NEW YORK — New York’s governor on Wednesday proposed making the state the first in the country to take mandatory DNA samples from anyone convicted of a crime, including relatively lesser offenses. Governor Andrew Cuomo, in an annual “State of the State” speech to the New York legislature, said currently…

New York unions sue over retiree health-care change

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – Seven New York state unions filed federal lawsuits on Wednesday seeking to prevent Governor Andrew Cuomo from increasing the amount that retired workers pay for health care. The increases enacted this year were unconstitutional because the state has no authority to unilaterally raise retirees’ health-care…

Judge allows suit challenging New York same-sex marriage law

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – A conservative religious group may proceed with a lawsuit seeking to overturn New York’s new law legalizing same-sex marriage, a state judge has ruled. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a non-profit advocacy group founded by Christian clergy, said that closed-door talks between Governor Andrew Cuomo…

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