New York State Legislature

Child Victims Act
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May 27, 2020 - 9:17 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — The New York state Senate and Assembly on Wednesday voted to extend the deadline for residents who were sexually abused as children to file legal claims, citing the upheaval caused by the coronavirus. The original deadline for those making claims under the Child Victims Act...
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April 03, 2020 - 3:29 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A $177 billion state budget passed by New York lawmakers Friday leaves leeway for spending cuts of as much as $10 billion as the full financial toll of the coronavirus outbreak becomes more clear. The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have not decided...
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March 31, 2020 - 9:35 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — As New York navigates the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers are trying to find their way forward on a state budget despite uncertainty about the size of the financial toll the outbreak will take. The governor, a Democrat, has suggested lawmakers could pass...
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June 17, 2019 - 11:47 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - The likelihood of recreational marijuana legalization passing in the state legislature before the end of session on Wednesday has seen somewhat of a roller coaster ride. Recently, Governor Cuomo made pessimistic comments regarding its passage, saying that there may...
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March 31, 2019 - 8:52 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A statewide ban on plastic bags and first-in-the-nation tolls for motorists entering the busiest sections of Manhattan are coming to New York under a new state budget that takes several ambitious steps to address long-standing environmental and transportation challenges...
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March 30, 2019 - 9:10 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New tolls to drive into parts of Manhattan and a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags are two of the biggest proposals poised for approval as New York state lawmakers work to pass a new state budget before a Monday deadline. Other measures expected to be included in the...
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March 20, 2019 - 10:27 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Leaders of the New York state Legislature said Wednesday that they are optimistic a new state budget can be passed before the new fiscal year begins — even though disagreements over key details of the spending plan remain unresolved. Emerging from a closed-door meeting with...
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Buffalo Distilling Company on Seneca Street in Buffalo. March 15, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
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March 18, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – A bill introduced this month in the New York State Assembly would increase taxes on alcohol by 50 percent and allocate the revenue from the tax increase for addiction prevention and recovery services and programs. The bill was introduced by New York City Assemblyman Michael...
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March 12, 2019 - 12:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow minors to play bingo with adult supervision. State Sen. Timothy Kennedy sponsored the bill. The Buffalo Democrat says his legislation will ensure that children can take part in "the decades-old tradition of playing...
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January 09, 2019 - 9:15 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers opened their 2019 session Wednesday in historic fashion as Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins became the first woman to lead a chamber of the state Legislature. Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers, was tapped as the Senate's majority leader as a record-high 70 women...
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