New York

Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy with Ontario County GOP Chair Trisha Turner. August 14, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
May 21, 2019 - 2:19 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN) - On Monday, it was announced that Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy would be replacing Ed Cox as the state chairman for the party, and on Tuesday, he was formally introduced. In unity there is strength and the NYGOP is going to be stronger than ever. ⁦ @ChairmanEdCox ⁩...
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Brian Mazurowski
May 14, 2019 - 11:02 am
Albany, NY (WBEN) - A plan to permit certain types of sports betting in New York State may get one final push before the end of the legislative session. On Monday, The Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee approved a bill that would allow commercial casinos to offer mobile sports wagering...
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May 08, 2019 - 12:28 am
ALBANY (WBEN) - The state committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering is convening in Albany Wednesday morning for a public hearing to discuss mobile sports betting in New York. While State Senator Tim Kennedy doesn't serve on the committee, he discussed his general feelings toward sports betting and...
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April 29, 2019 - 10:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP/WBEN) - The National Rifle Association is "under siege," President Donald Trump said Monday in response to New York state's decision to investigate the organization's status as a tax-exempt nonprofit. The Republican president accused state Attorney General Letitia James and her fellow...
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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz' re-usable shopping bag. April 1, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
April 12, 2019 - 2:58 am
NEW YORK (WBEN) - The New York State Budget gave counties the option to impose a five-cent fee on paper bags to coincide with the plastic bag ban that's set to begin in 2020. Part of the money gained from the tax would help support local programs to buy reusable bags for low income families, while...
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Albany, NY (WBEN) - A bill to legalize marijuana in New York State did not pass with the state budget as originally planed, but supporters are still hopeful it will happen this year. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul said it's one of the Governor's top priorities that still needs to be taken care of. "...
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Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) - Two Tonawanda paramedics accused of stealing drugs from a drop off bin inside a police station have been terminated after a hearing on Thursday morning. The two men, Jon Cinelli and Jeremy Pecoraro, were previously suspended from their jobs earlier this week following an...
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National Comedy Center in Jamestown, February 8, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Tom Puckett
March 12, 2019 - 6:45 pm
Jamestown, NY (WBEN) The National Comedy Center is now the nation's official comedy center, thanks to a vote by Congress as part of the Lands Act of 2019. “Jamestown is now to comedy what Cooperstown is to baseball and Cleveland is to rock and roll,” said Tom Reed. “As the nation’s first state-of-...
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February 28, 2019 - 8:05 pm
Bew York (WBEN) - A group made up of business leaders, elected officials and others is sending an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urging him to reconsider the decision to abandon plans for a headquarters in New York City. The letter is expected to appear in The New York Times on Friday. READ:...
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(WBEN) - A coalition of companies in the marijuana industry is launching an ad campaign this week aimed at encouraging New York State lawmakers to legalize cannabis as part of the state budget. "It's time New York starts competing in this growing industry," says a voiceover in the TV ad, that cites...
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