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FILE - This May 8, 2017 file photo provided by his family shows Luke Patterson. Patterson was shot and killed by a New York State Trooper on May 23, 2019, while walking alone along the shoulder of a highway. The trooper said he refused to stop and made a sudden move, but there is no video record of the encounter because New York remains one of five states where the primary state law enforcement agency does not have dashboard cameras. (Patterson Family Photo via AP, File)
July 22, 2019 - 1:17 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A highway shoulder is where New York state troopers spotted Luke Patterson, walking by himself around 2 a.m. after his car became disabled. By the end of the encounter in rural New York, the 41-year-old chef would be killed by a trooper's gunfire. Authorities say the trooper...
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July 21, 2019 - 5:48 am
(WBEN/AP) In New York state government news, Democrats are hoping Andrea Stewart-Cousins can take her election success to the national level. The Yonkers Democrat and leader of the state Senate was tapped last week to lead the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, an organization that works to...
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July 14, 2019 - 6:11 am
(WBEN/AP) In New York state government news, Republicans say Gov. Andrew Cuomo is playing politics with a board creating the rules for a new public campaign finance system. State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy says Cuomo's appointment of Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs shows Democrats are...
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July 13, 2019 - 8:07 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A judge in New York has refused to block a state law repealing a religious exemption to vaccine mandates. Lawyers representing 55 families in New York filed a lawsuit this week hoping to restore the exemption, which lawmakers eliminated this year in the face of the nation's...
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July 03, 2019 - 6:19 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that people are moving out of New York "like never before" — but the reality of population changes in the president's home state is more complicated. In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump blamed high taxes and the state's leaders for...
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July 01, 2019 - 10:04 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at New York's governor and attorney general Monday, accusing the Democrats of going after him in a "political Witch Hunt." In four tweets, Trump accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James of "harassing all of my New York...
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June 30, 2019 - 6:13 am
(AP/WBEN) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is back home in New York after a quick trip to Israel that he says was meant to boost economic ties and demonstrate the state's solidarity following anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. The Democrat arrived in Israel on Thursday for a series of meetings with Israeli...
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June 30, 2019 - 5:53 am
(WBEN/AP) The numbers are in, and the recently concluded New York legislative session was officially one of the most productive in recent history. The Senate and Assembly together passed 935 bills in the six-month session that ended this month. That's 300 more than last year and the most overall in...
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June 27, 2019 - 10:29 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A county clerk in upstate New York is seeking a federal review of a new state law authorizing driver's licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally. Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner, a Republican, wrote to President Donald Trump this week asking for the U.S...
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June 23, 2019 - 6:33 am
(WBEN/AP) In New York state government news, lawmakers ended their 2019 session on Friday with a long list of progressive accomplishments but several high-profile bills didn't get a vote. The list includes proposals to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana sales, permit paid surrogacy,...
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