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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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January 09, 2019 - 2:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers are kicking off their 2019 session, a six-month work period expected to be dominated by debates about marijuana legalization, congestion tolls in Manhattan and making it easier to vote. The work gets under way Wednesday when members of the Senate and...
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January 07, 2019 - 1:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Legalized marijuana, sports betting and new traffic tolls in Manhattan are just some of the measures Democrats believe they can push through the New York Legislature in a 2019 session that begins this week with their party in control of both chambers and the governor's...
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December 06, 2018 - 8:19 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers will soon make the highest state legislative salary in the country after a state compensation panel voted Thursday to raise their pay for the first time in 20 years. The 63 percent increase will be phased in over three years, with legislative pay going...
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