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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The state budget, which was approved late Sunday night, includes a provision to allows ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft to operate in across New York, but when can we expect those apps to work? State Senator Chris Jacobs shared his thoughts Monday morning. "Now the devil...
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April 08, 2017 - 6:35 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed on a $153 billion state budget that includes free middle-class tuition at state universities, Uber and Lyft's long-awaited upstate expansion and a long-sought juvenile justice reform that Cuomo calls one of his...
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Tom Puckett
April 07, 2017 - 12:40 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Reaction is coming in to President Trump's order of airstrikes in Syria. Congressman Tom Reed says in a statement: “We support the limited missile strike to disable President Assad's ability to use chemical weapons on his own people. Use of weapons of mass destruction where...
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April 03, 2017 - 3:55 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York state avoided a government shutdown Monday when reluctant lawmakers passed an emergency two-month spending measure proposed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he and the Legislature failed to strike a deal on a spending plan. The stopgap measure will fund state...
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Vote on Next Justice this Wek
Allan Harris
April 02, 2017 - 7:36 am
WASHINGTON (WBEN/AP) -- The Senate is headed for a tense showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee that could have far-reaching consequences for Congress, the high court and the nation. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republicans are determined to confirm Judge Neil...
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AP Photo/Hans Pennink
April 01, 2017 - 6:21 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York state entered a new fiscal year without a state budget Saturday as lawmakers failed to find compromises on key proposals relating to education spending and juvenile justice. Still, top lawmakers cited progress on other budget items including increased tuition...
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March 31, 2017 - 5:34 pm
Albany, NY (AP) A Republican senator says major policy issues creating gridlock in budget negotiations will likely be eliminated from the final compromise as lawmakers wrangle to craft a timely state budget. Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse said as of Friday afternoon, he and many of his...
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Brian Mazurowski
March 31, 2017 - 4:00 am
Albany, NY (WBEN) - It's in there! Ridesharing, that is. Now, the only question is when. The framework for a ridesharing bill has been agreed upon in Albany, and will be included in the state budget. "It looks like at the end of the day if all goes well, ridesharing with Uber and Lyft are going to...
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Tom Puckett
March 29, 2017 - 4:00 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Democratic Assemblyman Mickey Kearns is running for Erie County Clerk, and he's received the endorsement of the Erie County Conservative Party. It has happened before, say Kearns and party chairman Ralph Lorigo. "This is a non-partisan office, this deals with customer service,"...
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Marijuana
Richard Root
March 28, 2017 - 6:25 am
One of many platforms for Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party in Canada during their campaign for the 2015 elections was to legalize and regulate marijuana. It was one of the planks cited for Trudeau getting the vote of many young Canadian voters. A little over a year later and Canadian news is...
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