New York

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Tim Wenger
April 02, 2017 - 8:40 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — The threat of a state government shutdown loomed Sunday as lawmakers struggled to strike deals on a budget, an impasse that harkened back to eras of political dysfunction that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has claimed are in the past. Outstanding issues include education...
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April 02, 2017 - 3:35 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — The New York state budget is now two days late as lawmakers struggle to find agreement on education spending, charter schools and juvenile justice reform. The Assembly and Senate plan to work late Sunday in the hopes of striking a deal. If they fail to reach agreement by...
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April 01, 2017 - 8:09 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers put in a rare weekend workday Saturday searching for consensus on a new state budget, already a day late. Leading lawmakers talked of progress, but there was little evidence on display in the halls of the Capitol. Key lawmakers huddled behind closed doors...
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AP Photo/Hans Pennink
April 01, 2017 - 6:21 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York state entered a new fiscal year without a state budget Saturday as lawmakers failed to find compromises on key proposals relating to education spending and juvenile justice. Still, top lawmakers cited progress on other budget items including increased tuition...
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March 28, 2017 - 1:56 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state leaders could delay high-profile budget ideas such as free college tuition for middleclass students because of uncertainty in Washington. The Democrat said on NY1 Television Monday evening that the possibility of deep cuts in federal funding...
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Dave Debo
March 28, 2017 - 5:36 am
(WBEN/AP) Legislators hope to approve a new state spending plan by Saturday, the first day of the new state fiscal year, but at least one local lawmaker is raising caution that the state could return to the days of state budgets not routinely passed on time. "I'm hopeful that it will be done on...
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Amherst, NY (WBEN/AP) - Governor Andrew Cuomo says he would consider suing the federal government if they adopt a provision that would shift medicaid costs in New York from the county to the state. The proposal would end a requirement that counties pay a share of Medicaid. It would only apply to...
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State Senator Chris Jacobs (WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger)
Mike Baggerman
March 18, 2017 - 10:37 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Tourists in Buffalo for the NCAA Tournament are disappointed over the lack of ridesharing options like Uber and Lyft in Upstate New York. On Saturday, State Senator Chris Jacobs went to the most popular location this weekend in Buffalo, the KeyBank Center, to advocate for...
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March 14, 2017 - 7:41 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state has banned tractor-trailers from most of its major interstate highways, including the entire length of the 570-mile Thruway system from New York City to the Pennsylvania border in western New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the ban Tuesday morning as a major...
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March 14, 2017 - 4:19 am
Exclusive WBEN Audio On The WBEN Liveline Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (WBEN) New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul is defending the weather related the State of Emergency in New York State, after a slow and steady snowfall across the entire Northeast hit with the low-scale intensity that the Buffalo...
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