New York State

Brendan Keany
May 10, 2019 - 2:03 pm
TONAWANDA (WBEN) - On Friday morning, New York State announced that it will make investments into creating more bike paths and pedestrians trails for Western New York residents. "I'm very pleased to announce today $4.7 million in state funding to support bike and pedestrian access here in Western...
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April 04, 2019 - 9:37 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A state lawmaker wants to expand New York's plastic bag ban to include the sacks used for restaurant take-out and leftovers. Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, announced legislation Thursday that would eliminate an exemption for restaurants in the new law banning single...
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NFTA Metro Rail stationed inside the DL&W Terminal. January 10, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
April 01, 2019 - 11:52 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - Local officials are excited about the Metro Rail's future, especially after the state announced a significant investment into the system . "We got a committment to bring home $100 million for the NFTA rail capital program," said State Senator and Transportation...
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Marijuana
Mike Baggerman
April 01, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The budget for New York State will not include legislation on much-talked about topics like sports gambling and marijuana, though it will include a ban on single-use plastic bags. Plastic bags only recently entered the statewide conversation but lawmakers and the governor...
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March 28, 2019 - 9:39 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — New York is suing the billionaire family behind the company that created OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments seeking to hold not only the firm but its owners accountable for the nation's opioid crisis. The state, which averages nine opioid-related...
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March 26, 2019 - 4:16 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Robocalls would be effectively banned in the state of New York under legislation proposed by lawmakers who say the irritating, relentless calls are a top complaint from constituents. The measure, which passed a Senate committee Tuesday, would prohibit telemarketers from...
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March 25, 2019 - 1:36 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - Governor Andrew Cuomo is adamant about a permanent property tax cap being included in this year's state budget. I won’t allow a state budget that does not include a permanent property tax cap, and neither will the Long Island state senate delegation. No tax cap –...
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March 22, 2019 - 10:34 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York state's ban on personal ownership of stun guns is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday in the latest in a series of court decisions that have led to the loosening of restrictions on the weapons in several states. The decision came in a lawsuit filed by...
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March 22, 2019 - 4:19 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The arrest of a New York man on charges of harassing a Jewish co-worker at a health food store is the latest in a rising number of anti-Semitic episodes reported in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. The Democrat joined state police Superintendent Keith Corlett for the...
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March 12, 2019 - 8:43 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Hundreds of people have rallied at the New York state Capitol to encourage lawmakers to approve drivers licenses for immigrants who entered the country illegally. The group behind Tuesday's event in Albany came from around the state and includes legal and undocumented...
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