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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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Brian Mazurowski
June 19, 2019 - 10:41 am
Albany, NY (WBEN) - Hope is dwindling for those who want to see sports betting allowed in more than just a handful of casinos across New York. With potentially hours left to go in the State Legislative session, it doesn't appear that mobile sports betting will come to the state any time soon as...
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Mike Baggerman
June 19, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Wednesday is the final scheduled session day in Albany in 2019, but don’t think that it means lawmakers will call it quits for the year just because time ran out in the day. Multiple state politicians and staffers have told WBEN that they’re expecting to remain in Albany...
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June 18, 2019 - 8:06 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Top lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo have struck a deal on legislation setting new targets for reducing carbon emissions just days before the Legislature plans to adjourn for the year. Negotiations on proposals to legalize marijuana, however, continued with little...
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Mike Baggerman
June 12, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - There is one week remaining in the 2019 Albany session. Lawmakers have until June 19 to pass these bills. Below is the latest on a number of issues: Marijuana - Unlikely to Pass Lawmakers in the Assembly have not made any official changes to the "Marihuana Regulation and...
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May 22, 2019 - 9:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings. The Democrat-led Senate and...
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Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong Sr. May 17, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
May 17, 2019 - 1:23 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Seneca Nation continues to take a "wait and see" approach on the topic of legalized sports gambling across New York State. "We're monitoring it," Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr., said. "We're just going to watch and see where it's at. We have our management team...
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May 17, 2019 - 6:22 am
Albany, N.Y. (WBEN) - A new bill introduced by the State Senate would make it illegal for pedestrians to cross the street while using their cell phones. State lawmakers are considering fines that could range from $50 to $150 depending on the number of offenses. "This is a bill that says don't text...
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Mike Baggerman
May 15, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Lawmakers in the New York State Senate passed a bill which would remove the lifetime ban on jury duty for convicted felons who have completed their sentence. Under current law, if a person was convicted of a felony, that person can never serve on a jury, even if all the terms...
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Brian Mazurowski
May 14, 2019 - 11:02 am
Albany, NY (WBEN) - A plan to permit certain types of sports betting in New York State may get one final push before the end of the legislative session. On Monday, The Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee approved a bill that would allow commercial casinos to offer mobile sports wagering...
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