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May 02, 2018 - 5:53 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Legislation to make it easier for molestation victims to seek criminal charges or file lawsuits against their abusers has once again passed the New York state Assembly. The measure known as the Child Victims Act was endorsed by the Democrat-led Assembly on Tuesday...
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Mickey Kearns, left, celebrates victory for Erik Bohen, right WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger
Brian Mazurowski
May 01, 2018 - 11:20 am
Albany, NY (WBEN) - The State Assembly's newest member from Western New York received an awkward welcome on his first day at the State Capitol. Erik Bohen, who won a special election for the NYS 142nd Assembly seat last week, was sworn in to his seat on Monday. Bohen then took his place on the...
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April 29, 2018 - 6:08 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — New York's former assembly speaker returns to federal court Monday to listen as prosecutors accuse him for a second time of collecting $4 million in illegal kickbacks from a cancer researcher and real estate developers. This will be the second criminal trial for Sheldon Silver...
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new poll says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a big lead over Cynthia Nixon among state Democrats - though the "Sex and the City" actress is gaining slightly on the two-term incumbent. The Siena College survey released Tuesday found that Cuomo leads Nixon among...
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April 07, 2018 - 2:43 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — In New York state government news, Democratic reunification in the New York state Senate is altering the political calculus in Albany and more changes could be coming after two special elections later this month. Meanwhile, lawmakers take a break after passing a state...
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April 04, 2018 - 8:51 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Democrats resolved a longstanding internal rupture in the New York state Senate Wednesday that had empowered Republicans and prevented votes on liberal priorities including gun control, abortion rights and help for immigrants. Under a deal negotiated by Democratic Gov...
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March 30, 2018 - 9:38 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Lawmakers in New York state passed a $168.3 billion state budget in the early hours Saturday that includes surcharges on taxi, Uber and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy written following the #MeToo movement. The massive spending plan also...
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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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February 28, 2018 - 12:23 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Republicans in the New York state Senate have blocked an effort by Democrats to force a vote on four gun control bills. Democrats tried to bring the bills to the floor Wednesday but were overruled by the Senate's GOP majority. The bills would have strengthened background...
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Dave Debo
November 27, 2017 - 5:41 am
(WBEN) Even though most of the the talk of sexual harassment scandals are focused on either Washington or Hollywood--- there's at least one watchdog group that says Albany has a problem too. "This has been a persistent topic of discussion," says Susan Lerner with Common Cause NY, a government...
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