New York State

Allan Harris
April 22, 2018 - 5:50 am
(WBEN/AP) Syracuse University announced Saturday that it has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that fraternity members say was intended as satire. Chancellor Kent Syverud called the Theta Tau video "racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist and sexist" in a video posted on...
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Allan Harris
April 08, 2018 - 6:56 am
(AP/WBEN) A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president's namesake skyscraper. New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause of Saturday's blaze is not yet known but the...
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - While lawmakers in Albany continue to work toward a budget, it appears that one much talked about piece of legislation will be left aside. A child victims act will not be part of the state budget, if it is passed anywhere near on-time. "I am very, very sad to say that it's not...
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Dave Debo
March 29, 2018 - 5:59 am
(WBEN/AP) New York lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo are working to pass a new state budget ahead of the Easter and Passover weekends, and while the sweeping tax reforms the governor first spoke of last year are not included, the possibility of a pay raise for lawmakers is. The raise for...
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March 05, 2018 - 7:03 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — On the day WBEN brought 12 Voices in 12 Hours, a day-long discussion on guns and school safety, the New York Senate voted to increase state funding to help schools pay for armed police and security upgrades. Other bills endorsed by the Senate Monday would mandate two annual...
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Dave Debo
February 19, 2018 - 7:14 am
A new Siena College Poll has President Obama at the top of the list of most favored living presidents in New York State, with President Trump at the bottom. But for both of them, the support is primarily coming from their own party. Only President George H.W. Bush has high favorability ratings...
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Dave Debo
January 17, 2018 - 6:45 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to fight back against Washington Republicans on Tuesday with a $168 billion state budget proposal that lays out spending on schools and mass transit while also confronting greater uncertainty in federal funding. The Democrat said he’ll urge...
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Dave Debo
January 16, 2018 - 6:25 am
(WBEN) In his State of the State message earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Santa Claus skipped New York State this year. Later today, he is expected to unveil a budget proposal that deals with a $4 Billion deficit, reforms state taxes in light of federal changes, and is expected to...
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Richard Root
January 16, 2018 - 4:27 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Former Erie County Executive, and current Republican Gubernatorial candidate Joel Giambra, held a press conference Monday saying he supports legalizing and regulating marijuana for recreational use. Giambra says the revenues from legal pot could go help fix roads and bridges...
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Dave Debo
December 18, 2017 - 7:25 am
(WBEN) The race to challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to kick off in a big way this week with Republicans Harry Wilson, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and State Senate Majority Leader John Di Francisco all saying they would have an announcement on their efforts before Christmas...
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