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(WBEN) - New York State may be walking back the new requirement that anyone with a license plate more than 10 years old would have to turn it in for one with a new design. The Governor's office released a statement to WBEN, saying that idea is now scrapped. “As the DMV commissioner said weeks ago,...
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(WBEN) - A new Siena College Poll says that by a 2-to-1 margin, New Yorkers oppose the requirement to turn in old license plates for new ones, and Three-Quarters say the $25 fee is unfair. The latest polling numbers were released Tuesday morning. The new State requirement states that motorists must...
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NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — Vape shops in New York are scrambling to respond to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to prohibit the sale of flavored vaping products — a ban poised to take effect Tuesday. Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed the ban on Sunday . The emergency regulation will take effect immediately if approved...
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Allan Harris
September 15, 2019 - 6:07 am
(WBEN/AP) In New York state government news, lawmakers are taking aim at e-cigarettes amid a worrisome wave of lung illnesses thought to be linked to the popular products. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed banning all flavored e-cigs, while state lawmakers have proposed restrictions on the sale of the...
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Parents of unvaccinated children in New York state gathered in Albany Monday to protest the repeal of a religious exemption to school immunization requirements. Hundreds of people carrying signs and dressed in white assembled in front of the state education building Monday...
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NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — New York's health commissioner is urging people to stop vaping, echoing recent warnings about the habit from the federal government. Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement Saturday that people should abstain from vaping while "the definitive cause of reported vaping-associated...
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Allan Harris
September 08, 2019 - 5:51 am
(WBEN/AP) In New York state government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed gun legislation that bolsters the state's background check process for firearm licenses. The law allows authorities to review out-of-state records tied to an applicant's past or present mental illness. The governor's...
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Allan Harris
September 01, 2019 - 9:13 am
(WBEN/AP) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced eligibility requirements for the 2019 Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery Program that will assist homeowners directly impacted by this year's record breaking Lake Ontario flooding. First announced by Governor Cuomo on August...
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Allan Harris
September 01, 2019 - 8:43 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — In New York state government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signaled he's open to raising wages for state prisoners. The Democrat weighed in on prisoner wages while defending against criticisms of his plan to require motorists to replace their license plates every 10...
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York softened penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and created a process for erasing certain past offenses in a state law that went into place Wednesday. The maximum penalty for possessing less than an ounce of pot has been lowered to $50. The legislation...
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