Ditching the Car and Enjoying the View on a Trip to the Berkshires

For the first time in 50 years, a weekend train route is taking passengers directly from New York to the Berkshires. The Berkshire Flyer will run through Labor Day. Good luck getting a seat.

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New York’s Top Judge, Janet DiFiore, to Step Down

Judge Janet DiFiore, after more than six years on the court, and whose legacy includes a sweeping opinion on gerrymandering, will leave her post at the end of August.

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His PTSD, and My Struggle to Live With It

After my partner was brutally beaten on the street, I became one of the many thousands of Americans caring for someone with post-traumatic stress disorder — and our relationship changed forever.

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Love Your Dog, but Beware of Your Homeowners’ Insurance

Many firms have long refused coverage or charge more for pit bulls and other dogs considered more dangerous, but New York and other states say policies shouldn’t be breed specific.

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‘Hochul Stood as Firm as an Oak’: Winners and Losers of New York’s Gubernatorial Debate

Our columnists and contributors give their ratings.

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Why New York City Traffic Cameras Are Off When Drivers Speed the Most

As traffic deaths rise in the city, the State Legislature still has the final say on new safety measures, even decreeing when school speed cameras can operate.

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Brian Benjamin’s Bribery Defense: He Got ‘No Personal Benefits’

The case against Brian Benjamin, who resigned as New York’s second-in-command last week, may hinge on whether political contributions in this case constituted a bribe.

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What Kathy Hochul, New York’s Governor, Has to Prove

Sex scandals, harassment, bullying, bribery. Can New York’s first female governor change the state’s political culture?

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New York’s Bail Laws Are Changing Again. Here’s How.

Governor Kathy Hochul pushed for a rewrite of the 2019 laws governing the criminal justice system.

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New York Is About to Blow Its Budget Deadline. Here’s Why.

Contentious social issues, such as revising the state’s bail law, have delayed passage of what is expected to be largest budget in the state’s history.

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The Museum Ships and Submarines That Are National Landmarks 

According to the National Park Service, some 120 vessels in the United States are designated as national historic landmarks.

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Working Families Party Endorses Jumaane Williams for Governor

Mr. Williams, New York City’s left-leaning public advocate, is waging a primary challenge against Gov. Kathy Hochul, a moderate from Buffalo.

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How the Fallout From Andrew Cuomo’s Resignation Spread to Jeff Zucker

Chris Cuomo and Mr. Zucker, the former CNN president, are among those whose careers have suffered in the year since the former governor was first accused of sexual harassment.

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Andrew Cuomo’s Groping Charge Is Dismissed

A brief court appearance brought to a close one of the most serious legal threats the former governor faced over the sexual harassment allegations that led to his resignation.

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Cuomo Will Not Be Prosecuted in Groping Case, Albany D.A. Says

The district attorney described the woman who said former Gov. Andrew Cuomo had groped her as “credible,” but added that proving her allegation would be difficult.

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Prosecutor Won’t Charge Cuomo Over Trooper’s Sexual Harassment Claim

The acting Nassau County district attorney said the allegations were “credible” and “deeply troubling” but not criminal under New York law.

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Meet the Sheriff Who Wants to Put Andrew Cuomo Behind Bars

Craig D. Apple Sr. is known among some fellow Democrats as the “Teflon sheriff” for his ability to persevere, even thrive, through trouble that might tarnish less adept politicians.

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Why It Might Be Difficult to Convict Andrew Cuomo of Forcible Touching

Will a relatively new misdemeanor sex charge, crafted to prosecute stranger gropings, lead to a conviction of a former governor?

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Cuomo’s Last Stand: What He and His Accusers Told Investigators

In Andrew Cuomo’s 515 pages of sworn testimony, the former governor defended his behavior and denied touching anyone inappropriately.

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N.Y. attorney general releases Cuomo’s sworn testimony.

In the 515 pages of Andrew Cuomo’s sworn testimony to investigators, the former governor defended his behavior, and denied touching anyone inappropriately.

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Cuomo Sex-Crime Charge May Be ‘Defective,’ D.A. Says

A judge granted the Albany County district attorney’s request for an adjournment, after prosecutors cited potentially “exculpatory” mistakes in the investigation.

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Cuomo Was Charged Without Coordination With Albany D.A., Sheriff Says

The district attorney has not committed to prosecuting former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on a sex crime charge, and the decision to file charges independently was unusual in a high-profile case, experts said.

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Cuomo Is Subject of Forcible Touching Complaint

Mr. Cuomo, the former governor of New York, resigned in August after a state attorney general report concluded that he had sexually harassed multiple women.

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Nxivm’s Second-in-Command Helped Build a Culture of Abuse, Survivors Say

As Nancy Salzman awaits sentencing, some who fell prey to the Nxivm cultlike group say Ms. Salzman’s enabling made the group’s misdeeds possible.

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Why Does New York State Sue Its College Students?

Thousands of SUNY students have been taken to court by the attorney general’s office over tuition debt. And through a quirk in the law, the only way they can defend themselves is by appearing before a judge in Albany.

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Sexual Abuse Survivors from Syracuse Seek to Change A Law

A proposed law in New York would clear the way for people who were abused after turning 18 to sue for damages.

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For Clean Energy, Buy American or Buy It Quick and Cheap?

President Biden says slowing climate change will create jobs. Tension between unions and environmentalists shows it’s not so simple.

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Wind Project Shows Democratic Tensions Over Energy

President Biden says slowing climate change will create jobs. Tension between unions and environmentalists shows it’s not so simple.

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‘Bond Girl’ Talk and Groping: Albany’s Toxic Culture for Women

As allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo put a new spotlight on sexual misconduct in New York’s capital, numerous women there described an enduring predatory and misogynistic environment.

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Cuomo Aide Says Governor ‘Groomed’ Her for Months Before Groping

A woman who has accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of groping her in the Executive Mansion said that she warned him, “You’re going to get us in trouble.”

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Cuomo Faces New Claims of Sexual Harassment From Current Aide

The aide, Alyssa McGrath, accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of ogling her body, remarking on her looks, and making suggestive comments to her and another woman in his office.

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For Some Women, Working for Cuomo Is the ‘Worst Place to Be’

Dozens of current and former employees of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive chamber described the office as chaotic, unprofessional and toxic, especially for young women.

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Cuomo Sexual Harassment Accusation Is Referred to Albany Police

The police characterized the alleged groping by the governor of a female aide as something that may rise “to the level of a crime.”

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Aide Says Cuomo Groped Her, as New Details of Account Emerge

Gov. Andrew Cuomo characterized the new allegations as “gut-wrenching,” but insisted that he has “never done anything like this.”

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Nurses Are Anxious and Angry in 2nd Wave: ‘We’re Not Prepared’

“We’re worse off in some ways than we were in the beginning,” said one nurse about the lack of workers and resources at her New York hospital.

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Nxivm’s Leader Is Guilty of Ugly Crimes. These Die-Hards Stand by Him.

Keith Raniere has been convicted on sex trafficking, fraud and other crimes, yet some ardent followers maintain his innocence.

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How the Nxivm Sex Cult Leader Tore One Family Apart

Keith Raniere, the founder of Nxivm, had abusive sexual relationships with three sisters who joined his organization, the family said. Their father still supports him.

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Sex Cult Leader, Facing Life Sentence, Regrets Nothing

Several victims are expected to testify when Keith Raniere, the founder of Nxivm, is sentenced this week for sex trafficking, extortion and other crimes.

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Clare Bronfman, Facing Sentencing, Refuses to Disavow ‘Sex Cult’ Leader

Ms. Bronfman will be the first defendant in the Nxivm case to be sentenced. Prosecutors have asked for five years in prison.

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