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March 26, 2019 - 4:16 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Robocalls would be effectively banned in the state of New York under legislation proposed by lawmakers who say the irritating, relentless calls are a top complaint from constituents. The measure, which passed a Senate committee Tuesday, would prohibit telemarketers from...
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March 24, 2019 - 6:15 am
(WBEN/AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature are making tough choices as they try to get a spending plan in place by an April 1 deadline. A proposal for Manhattan congestion pricing to fund the ailing transit system is still alive in the spending plan...
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March 23, 2019 - 2:23 pm
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz joined Citizens Campaign for the Environment to announce a proposal in the new New York State budget that would ban single-use plastic bags The proposal, which would see a ban on plastic bags and a...
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March 22, 2019 - 10:34 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York state's ban on personal ownership of stun guns is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday in the latest in a series of court decisions that have led to the loosening of restrictions on the weapons in several states. The decision came in a lawsuit filed by...
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March 20, 2019 - 10:27 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Leaders of the New York state Legislature said Wednesday that they are optimistic a new state budget can be passed before the new fiscal year begins — even though disagreements over key details of the spending plan remain unresolved. Emerging from a closed-door meeting with...
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March 17, 2019 - 6:12 am
(WBEN/AP) On-time budgets have long been a priority for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a way to demonstrate government effectiveness. That's why it is noteworthy that Cuomo's top budget director is now warning the budget may not pass before the April 1 deadline because of disagreements with Cuomo's...
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March 14, 2019 - 2:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — The Democrat-controlled New York Legislature passed its spending plans for the next fiscal year on Wednesday, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled down on his vow to refuse to sign a state budget that doesn't make the 2 percent property tax permanent. The Democrat told an...
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March 12, 2019 - 8:43 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Hundreds of people have rallied at the New York state Capitol to encourage lawmakers to approve drivers licenses for immigrants who entered the country illegally. The group behind Tuesday's event in Albany came from around the state and includes legal and undocumented...
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March 12, 2019 - 5:50 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it could take longer than he had hoped to legalize recreational marijuana in New York. The Democrat told reporters Monday that while he still supports legalization he's not confident lawmakers will include it in the state budget, which is due April 1...
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March 10, 2019 - 6:23 am
(WBEN/AP) There are growing indications that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats in the Legislature may not be able to reach an agreement on the next New York state budget by an April 1 deadline. The state Assembly and Senate have shown an ability to work fast, starting the session by passing a...
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