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January 07, 2019 - 1:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Legalized marijuana, sports betting and new traffic tolls in Manhattan are just some of the measures Democrats believe they can push through the New York Legislature in a 2019 session that begins this week with their party in control of both chambers and the governor's...
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December 29, 2018 - 6:12 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have allowed workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave after the death of a family member. The bill expanding the state's paid family leave law was opposed by the Business Council and other business groups. The council said...
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Crystal Peoples Stokes speaking at a mural dedication event at the Northland Workforce Training Center. September 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Albany, NY (WBEN) - Buffalo Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes will become the new State Assembly Majority Leader when the legislature re-convenes in January. Peoples-Stokes was appointed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. The Announcement was made on Monday. Peoples-Stokes has represented the...
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December 14, 2018 - 12:51 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) - A pay raise for New York lawmakers that will give them the highest state legislative salaries in the nation is being challenged in court. The Government Justice Center filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the legality of a panel's vote last week to raise lawmakers' pay for...
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December 06, 2018 - 8:19 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers will soon make the highest state legislative salary in the country after a state compensation panel voted Thursday to raise their pay for the first time in 20 years. The 63 percent increase will be phased in over three years, with legislative pay going...
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November 26, 2018 - 8:57 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Senate will be led by a woman for the first time in the state's history after Democrats formally chose veteran lawmaker Andrea Stewart-Cousins as their leader Monday. Stewart-Cousins has led the Senate's Democratic minority since 2012 and is now poised to...
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Amherst, NY (WBEN) - While the eyes of most voters were on who would control the House of Representatives and Senate in Washington, in New York it was state-wide races that may prove to have the biggest impact. Democrats swept state-wide elections, meaning the party now controls not only the...
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October 27, 2018 - 5:44 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — In New York state political news, there's still time for at least one more debate in the governor's race, but don't expect Gov. Andrew Cuomo to show up. The other four candidates have agreed to participate in the exchange hosted by the League of Women Voters. But Democratic...
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Downtown Buffalo. October 9, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
October 18, 2018 - 7:32 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new report finds that when it comes to federal government, New York gives more than it receives. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says taxes paid by residents and businesses last year total about $24 billion more than the federal funds allotted to New York. It's the third straight...
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October 01, 2018 - 6:08 am
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo leads Republican Marc Molinaro 50-28 percent in a six-person field for Governor. Working Families Party candidate Cynthia Nixon has the support of 10 percent and the other three minor party candidates receive combined support of four percent,...
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