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Mike Baggerman
January 28, 2020 - 11:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A bill in Albany would allow anyone to be eligible for parole, regardless of their crime or sentence.
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Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, a Democrat who represents Buffalo, speaks at a rally for marijuana legalization at the New York State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. New York could have one of the most lenient marijuana possession thresholds in the nation if an alternative legalization proposal is passed this session. (AP Photo/Ryan Tarinelli)
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January 28, 2020 - 9:56 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A legislative proposal in New York would go further than states across the U.S. over how much marijuana a person could have before getting in trouble. The bill, backed by a number of Democrats in both chambers, would allow people over 21 years old to have three ounces of...
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January 26, 2020 - 7:14 am
Public negotiations over New York's budget are set to begin
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Governor Andrew Cuomo
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January 22, 2020 - 9:15 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a $178 billion budget proposal this week alongside a host of laws he wants to pass — from allowing e-bikes to a ban on single-use Styrofoam containers. The Democrat has made it a practice of his to propose multiple new laws with budgets...
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Mike Baggerman
January 22, 2020 - 10:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Republican lawmakers from the region were quick to criticize Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed $178.6 billion budget on Tuesday , with many still concerned over the $6.2 billion deficit facing the state.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo unveils his 2021 budget proposal. January 21, 2020.
Governor Andrew Cuomo unveils his 2021 budget proposal. January 21, 2020.
Mike Baggerman
January 21, 2020 - 1:11 pm
Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his proposed budget on Tuesday afternoon. In it, Cuomo pitched a climate change agenda worth $33 billion over five years and a $275 billion infrastructure program. He also pushed for legalization of cannabis as part of the budget, saying that passing it in the budget...
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January 19, 2020 - 8:28 am
(WBEN/AP) Health care interests are giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to political parties as New York's Legislature gears up for fights over how to contain soaring Medicaid costs, state records show. The contributions are among others disclosed by politicians and political committees this...
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 E-cigarettes devices are display in a local store
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January 13, 2020 - 11:01 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers could ban flavored tobacco products amid growing concern over the tobacco and vaping industry’s use of flavorings to attract young people and African Americans, though it’s unclear whether a push to ban menthol cigarettes will succeed. The Democratic...
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January 13, 2020 - 7:00 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast — it had already passed in three of the region’s states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York. Now, after legislative efforts stalled and a vaping sickness...
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Vaping products at Premier Vape on Union Road in Cheektowaga. September 16, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Albany N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A judge has blocked New York state from enforcing an executive order banning flavored vaping products. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Catherine Cholakis ruled that the state Public Health and Health Planning Council overstepped its authority last September when it issued...
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