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ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — He was accused of calling his female co-workers "whores," grabbing one woman's head and forcing it between his legs, threatening another with sexual assault and exposing himself in the office. Now, more than a year after he was suspended, Chad Dominie may be returning to...
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Vaping products at Premier Vape on Union Road in Cheektowaga. September 16, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Brendan Keany
September 28, 2019 - 8:40 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A state judge has denied the vaping industry's request to delay a New York emergency ban on flavored e-cigarette sales. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly on Friday refused to issue a temporary restraining order on the regulations approved on Sept. 17 by Gov...
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York's Democratic governor this week urged neighboring states to work together on recreational marijuana policies that also address vaping products. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo planned Wednesday to travel to Connecticut to meet with the state's Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont...
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Mike Baggerman
September 13, 2019 - 7:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Democrat Sean Ryan will not seek another term in the New York State Assembly because he's eyeing a different seat in Albany: State Senate. Ryan told WBEN on Friday that he is officially running for the seat. "I had spent a bulk of the spring and summer talking to people in...
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Allan Harris
September 01, 2019 - 8:43 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — In New York state government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signaled he's open to raising wages for state prisoners. The Democrat weighed in on prisoner wages while defending against criticisms of his plan to require motorists to replace their license plates every 10...
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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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