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January 05, 2020 - 6:19 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBENAP) — New York lawmakers are set to return to Albany this week for the start of the new legislative session, and a second year of near-total control of state government by Democrats. During last year’s session, Democrats — who wrested control of the state Senate from Republicans...
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Brendan Keany
December 08, 2019 - 7:37 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN) - The HPV vaccination debate continues to be in the spotlight across New York State. On Thursday, parents from around the state pulled their kids from school for a blackout event - their way of protesting any potential HPV vaccination mandate from Albany. Legislation which would...
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November 05, 2019 - 3:51 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — New York is unlikely to approve statewide mobile sports betting anytime soon. Despite a push from lawmakers who favor letting people bet on their phones or laptops, sports betting remains restricted to in-person wagers at upstate casinos. At the Sports Betting USA conference...
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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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Governor Cuomo updates standoff with feds on WAMC Radio in Albany
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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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