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December 11, 2018 - 5:54 am
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — The ex-president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute is facing sentencing in the corruption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic redevelopment program. Alain Kaloyeros, born in Beirut in 1956, was the school's president when the Democratic...
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December 09, 2018 - 7:53 am
(WBEN/AP) In New York state government news, good-government groups are cheering new restrictions on how much money lawmakers can make from outside jobs. Meanwhile, the Assembly returns to Albany to get ready for the 2019 session and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a new role in the National...
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December 06, 2018 - 8:19 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers will soon make the highest state legislative salary in the country after a state compensation panel voted Thursday to raise their pay for the first time in 20 years. The 63 percent increase will be phased in over three years, with legislative pay going...
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December 06, 2018 - 3:50 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — A Syracuse executive has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for defrauding the state's Buffalo Billion project. RELATED: Louis Ciminelli sentenced to 28 months in Federal prison, $500 thousand fine Joseph Gerardi, 59, was sentenced in connection with the Buffalo Billion...
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December 04, 2018 - 9:09 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Should hateful tweets keep you from getting a gun? That's a question many have asked after suspects in several horrific mass shootings were found only later to have left social media hints of violence that went unheeded for years. Now a New York lawmaker has introduced a...
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December 02, 2018 - 6:26 am
(WBEN/AP) In New York state government news, legislators will soon learn whether they will get their first raise in two decades. A commission created to study a possible pay increase for the Senate and Assembly is due to make its decision by Dec. 10. Lawmakers now make $79,500. Meanwhile, Attorney...
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November 27, 2018 - 8:41 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — Numerous U.S. states are considering jumping on the legal sports betting bandwagon, even as they struggle with the details of regulating it. How much to tax it, and how to regulate mobile betting on phones are emerging as thorny issues for states. So far, seven states offer...
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November 27, 2018 - 8:30 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo again dismissed talk that he will run for president, saying Tuesday that he is focused on leading the nation's fourth-largest state and not preparing a run for the White House in 2020. "I am ruling it out," he said when asked about a possible...
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November 27, 2018 - 8:54 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) - State lawmakers in New York are taking a look at what the state can do to lessen the burden of student loan debt. The Assembly's committees on banks and consumer affairs and protection are scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday in Albany to look at student borrowing and...
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Mike Baggerman
November 27, 2018 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer called a bill which would mandate a background check of social media when applying for a handgun license "outrageous". The bill, which was introduced by Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker earlier this month, would require the person applying...
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