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Allan Harris
June 25, 2017 - 5:47 am
(WBEN/AP) In New York state government news, several high-profile measures that failed to pass before the New York Legislature wrapped up its annual session are bound to return next year. They include bills to legalize physician-assisted suicide, permit alcohol sales in movie theaters and crack...
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May 03, 2017 - 1:27 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state lawmakers are gaining momentum in a measure to expand medical marijuana coverage to those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently, medical marijuana in New York can only be used to treat serious illnesses such as cancer and Lou Gehrig's disease...
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Mike Baggerman
April 08, 2017 - 1:46 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Local politicians are reacting to the news that a state budget deal was reached. Here is a compilation of what they're saying. State Senator Chris Jacobs "I am relieved," he said. "I was certainly willing to wait a bit to get what we felt was a good budget. There were...
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April 08, 2017 - 6:35 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed on a $153 billion state budget that includes free middle-class tuition at state universities, Uber and Lyft's long-awaited upstate expansion and a long-sought juvenile justice reform that Cuomo calls one of his...
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April 03, 2017 - 3:55 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York state avoided a government shutdown Monday when reluctant lawmakers passed an emergency two-month spending measure proposed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he and the Legislature failed to strike a deal on a spending plan. The stopgap measure will fund state...
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April 01, 2017 - 6:21 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York state entered a new fiscal year without a state budget Saturday as lawmakers failed to find compromises on key proposals relating to education spending and juvenile justice. Still, top lawmakers cited progress on other budget items including increased tuition...
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March 31, 2017 - 5:34 pm
Albany, NY (AP) A Republican senator says major policy issues creating gridlock in budget negotiations will likely be eliminated from the final compromise as lawmakers wrangle to craft a timely state budget. Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse said as of Friday afternoon, he and many of his...
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Mike Baggerman
March 28, 2017 - 4:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - As the New York State legislature prepares for the state budget vote, cries for ridesharing to come to Buffalo continue. However, if you're optimistic about ridesharing in Upstate New York as part of the budget, you should think again. "It's in the middle of 'three men in a...
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State Senator Chris Jacobs (WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger)
Mike Baggerman
March 18, 2017 - 10:37 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Tourists in Buffalo for the NCAA Tournament are disappointed over the lack of ridesharing options like Uber and Lyft in Upstate New York. On Saturday, State Senator Chris Jacobs went to the most popular location this weekend in Buffalo, the KeyBank Center, to advocate for...
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Mike Baggerman
March 18, 2017 - 4:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes visited East High School late-Friday afternoon to advocate for “raising the age” for individuals who commit crimes to be charged as an adult. The bill, which would raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old. The bill has...
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