Andrew Cuomo

Marijuana decriminalization. Black woman with long braids lighting a pipe.

New York Becomes the 15th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

The new law is designed to issue fines instead of jail time and to create a path for people to expunge possession convictions from their records. 

Alibi Lounge. Street shot from bar in Harlem showing flags and NYPD cruiser.

Rainbow Flags Burned Outside Harlem Bar on Eve of Pride

Alibi Lounge is dubbed the “only Black gay lounge in NYC.” Governor Andrew Cuomo directed New York’s Hate Crime Task Force to investigate the incident.

Prison Reforms

New York Governor Restores Voting Rights to Parolees

An estimated 35,000 residents, overwhelmingly Black and Latinx, stand to benefit from Andrew Cuomo’s executive order.

Jay Z on NY Policing: 'Every Single Human Being Matters'

But is his statement enough?