New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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January 22, 2020 - 9:15 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a $178 billion budget proposal this week alongside a host of laws he wants to pass — from allowing e-bikes to a ban on single-use Styrofoam containers. The Democrat has made it a practice of his to propose multiple new laws with budgets...
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Brendan Keany
January 22, 2020 - 4:00 am
At this time last year, lawmakers were extremely optimistic about the opportunity to pass legislation that would effectively legalize the sale of adult-use marijuana in New York. Of course, legalization never came to fruition, despite the successful attempt to further decriminalize it. This year,...
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The flu
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January 15, 2020 - 1:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York state says it’s seeing more reported cases of influenza so far this season than in recent years. The state’s online flu tracker shows the state has seen over 10,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza as of Jan. 4. That’s up from roughly 3,000 in 2017. The...
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Marijuana
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January 13, 2020 - 7:00 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast — it had already passed in three of the region’s states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York. Now, after legislative efforts stalled and a vaping sickness...
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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January 12, 2020 - 7:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York’s health care industry is waiting with some trepidation to see how Gov. Andrew Cuomo intends to plug an over $8 billion hole in the state’s Medicaid program. The Democrat is expected to release his annual budget proposal in the next two weeks, and the stickiest...
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Voter Registration
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January 09, 2020 - 6:01 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York would automatically add any citizen that fills out a state form to the voting rolls under a revised bill set to head to the state Senate. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is scheduled to push for the bill alongside voting advocates and other Democrats...
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School speed zone camera outside Hutch Tech High School
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Tim Wenger
January 05, 2020 - 6:00 pm
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The eyes of the law will be watching you as you pass through school speed zones in the city of Buffalo beginning Monday. Literally. Fourteen school speed zone cameras are going LIVE and that number will grow to 20 in coming weeks as violations are automatically sent to...
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Mimimum Wage
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December 30, 2019 - 7:35 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — The minimum wage is rising to $15 for all workers in New York City — making it among the first places in the country to reach the goal sought by many labor activists. Workers elsewhere in the state will make less: $13 in the city’s near suburbs and $11.80 upstate. The...
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NYS Capitol
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December 22, 2019 - 8:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York is set to stop requiring fingerprints from individuals applying for public assistance. The Albany Times-Union reports that the state will stop using fingerprinting technology for applicants to Family and Safety Net Assistance starting Jan. 15. Since 2012, the state...
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Social Media
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December 22, 2019 - 6:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y (WBEN/AP) — New York’s governor says convicted sex offenders should be required to disclose their social media screen names to prevent them from using apps to exploit children. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that existing laws targeting online predation don’t account for new technology...
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