Andrew Cuomo

New York's big climate move

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: John Paraskevas/Newsday via Getty Images
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: John Paraskevas/Newsday via Getty Images

New York is on the cusp of passing the nation's most aggressive climate and energy law.

Why it matters: The deal that emerged between lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo early this week is among the most striking examples of states enacting tougher policies as the White House unwinds federal efforts.

NY ends vaccination exemptions for religious beliefs

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Photo: John Paraskevas/Newsday/Getty Images

In the latest attempt to address the ongoing measles outbreak, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Thursday ending vaccination exemptions based on religious beliefs, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: New York City has long been trying to figure out how to combat the measles outbreak — particularly because of the resistance of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to vaccinations. Cuomo said he understands the importance of religious freedom, but protecting public health is equally important, per the NYT.