Here’s a look at AP’s plans in New York for the weekend. Questions are welcome, and should be directed to New York Editor James Martinez at 212-621-1607 in New York City or Upstate Administrative Correspondent George Walsh in Albany at 518-458-7821.
A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast. Competitive stories are not previewed and these plans are subject to change. Further advisories will keep you up to date.
SATURDAY for SUNDAY:
ALBANY, N.Y. — Carly Tangney-Decker sees medical marijuana is the best chance for her seizure-stricken baby daughter to lead a better life. Baby Mabel’s parents are among the advocates for medical marijuana in New York. Efforts to pass medical marijuana legislation in New York have failed for years, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent change of heart on the issue have advocates hoping the political calculus in Albany is finally shifting. The question is whether Cuomo’s proposed test program for medical marijuana at 20 hospitals goes far enough. By Jennifer Peltz and Michael Hill. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon Saturday.
NEW YORK — A businessman and member of an insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect was led away from his office doorstep in Brooklyn late one snowy night to a waiting van. The body of Menachem Stark was later found smoldering in a trash bin miles away on New York’s Long Island. His family has described him as an honest family man and has offered $25,000 for any information leading to the arrest of a suspect, while investigators delve into a shady network of business dealings and rumors fly about the mystery of his killing in a community known for its secrecy. By Colleen Long. UPCOMING 650 words by noon Saturday. Photos.
SUNDAY for MONDAY:
NEW YORK — Bill de Blasio is the first Democratic mayor of New York in more than a generation and he aims to waste no time in implementing a sweeping liberal agenda for the nation’s largest city. His first priority is to persuade Albany to back his plan to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund universal pre-kindergarten. He’ll aslso tackle the creation of 200,000 units of affordable housing, the repairing of frayed relations between police and community and a more inclusive homelessness policy. De Blasio will be watched carefully by liberals across the nation and his success could lead to imitators in other urban centers. By Jonathan Lemire. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon Sunday. Photos.