.New York, NY, USA
24 hour subway services were halted in New York amid rising cases of COVID-19. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The step comes as vaccination drive in the US is in full swing
  • Multiple businesses will also be allowed to function after May 19
  • The train services will resume fully on May 17

.New York, NY, USA
Democratic party lawmakers Chuck Schumer and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • New York on Wednesday approved the $2.1 billion "excluded workers" fund
  • One-time payments of up to $15,000 will be issued to workers who lost their jobs
  • The fund was approved by the state's Congress as part of a budget worth $212 billion

.New York, NY, USA
This illustration photo taken in Los Angeles on April 6, 2021 shows a person looking at the app for the New York State Excelsior Pass, which provides secure, digital proof of a Covid-19 vaccination, in front of a screen showing the New York skyline. (AFP

  • New York is the only American state to have launched such a pass
  • The pass says whether carrier has received the vaccine or has recently tested negative for the disease
  • Other state leaders have firmly rejected the idea

.New York, NY, USA
People 21 years of age and older are allowed to possess 24 grams of cannabis concentrate and up to 3 ounces of cannabis. (Picture credits: Representational image/Unsplash)

  • Trunks of the car may not be searched by officers
  • Smoking and driving under the influence of marijuana are illegal
  • Marijuana can be bought from authorised sellers only

.Albany, NY, USA
The use of marijuana is still illegal in many US states. (Picture credits: Representational image/Unsplash)

  • The New York Senate passed the bill, with 40 votes in favor and 23 against
  • The state Assembly passed it with the vote count of 100 in favor and 49 against
  • It also allows adults over 21 to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office said the change could net an additional $350 million in annual tax revenues and create tens of thousands of jobs.(Photo Credit: Twitter/@TishJames)

  • New York will now join 14 other US states and the District of Columbia in permitting use of cannabis 
  • The law will allow adults, 21 and over, to purchase cannabis and grow plants for personal consumption
  • New York would automatically clear records of people with past convictions of marijuana-related offenses

.New York, NY, USA
Recreational use of marijuana has been permitted in states like New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • Marijuana will be permitted for people over the age of 21
  • State officials believe the step can $350 million in annual tax revenues
  • The law eliminate penalties for possession of up to three ounces of the drug

.New York, NY, USA
Health officials are currently tracking multiple variants of the virus in the United States. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The infected person is an old woman from Brooklyn 'with no travel history'
  • All her potential contacts are being tracked
  • The first case of the Brazilian variant was detected in January

.Albany, NY, USA
Governor Andrew Cuomo has been criticized for ordering nursing homes to take patients who had tested positive early on in the outbreak. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@TishJames)

  • Multiple women have accused Cuomo of inappropriate touching and sexual misconduct
  • Alyssa is the first current aide to publicly talk come forward
  • Cuomo may soon face trial for getting impeached

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
President Joe Biden has broken his silence. (Photo Credit: AFP File)

  • "I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us," Biden said
  • He was asked if the Democratic governor should resign
  • Jen Psaki has previously pointed to New York Attorney General Letitia James' independent investigation