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SHREWSBURY, MA - MARCH 19: Medical take a patient's coronavirus test during a trial run for a new FEMA drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic at CVS at 720 Boston Turnpike in Shrewsbury, MA on March 19, 2020. The clinic had a tent on Route 9 and was waitin
SHREWSBURY, MA - MARCH 19: Medical take a patient's coronavirus test during a trial run for a new FEMA drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic at CVS at 720 Boston Turnpike in Shrewsbury, MA on March 19, 2020. The clinic had a tent on Route 9 and was waiting for federal approval. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
“Testing is not widely available in Western New York, you can not just walk in to a hospital and get tested for COVID-19. That is certainly not the case,” said Dr. David Hughes, Chief Medical Officer at Kaleida Health. “In Erie County, there’s very few labs that can do testing.”
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(WBEN) - New York State may be walking back the new requirement that anyone with a license plate more than 10 years old would have to turn it in for one with a new design. The Governor's office released a statement to WBEN, saying that idea is now scrapped. “As the DMV commissioner said weeks ago,...
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Tom Puckett
July 09, 2019 - 6:45 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns has filed a lawsuit against Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Tish James and DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder over the Green Light Law. READ: Complete Court Filing READ: Complete Court Filing Media Folder: Media Root Kearns says the bill, which...
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Albany, NY (WBEN) - The Governor pouring some cold water on the idea of passing the controversial "Green Light Bill." The State Assembly Transportation committee on Wednesday passed the bill, which would grant undocumented immigrants the ability to obtain a driver's license by passing a road test,...
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Mike Baggerman
August 06, 2018 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A bill that has passed through both houses of the New York State Legislature and may be signed soon by Governor Cuomo is a cause for concern for businesses. The New York Post reported last week that the bill, which passed through in the final days of the legislative session,...
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NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia at Burgard High School in Buffalo. March 10, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
August 04, 2018 - 5:54 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state education officials say they inadvertently shortchanged most school districts when distributing federal funding for teacher training last year, and gave charter schools more than their share. To fix the $12 million error, the state Education Department will reduce...
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AP Photo/Mike Groll
July 04, 2018 - 7:49 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state will temporarily halt work on highway construction projects to ease traffic associated with the July 4 holiday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the move on Tuesday. The work suspensions will run through Wednesday and Thursday, with work resuming on Friday. The work...
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Dave Debo
March 29, 2018 - 5:59 am
(WBEN/AP) New York lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo are working to pass a new state budget ahead of the Easter and Passover weekends, and while the sweeping tax reforms the governor first spoke of last year are not included, the possibility of a pay raise for lawmakers is. The raise for...
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Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns at the Erie County Auto Bureau at 170 Pearl Street on March 28, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
March 28, 2018 - 2:57 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns announced the results of a survey that indicated most Erie County registrants want to opt-out of having information sold by New York State. Approximately 1,500 people took part in the survey over the last week, with 95 percent choosing to opt-...
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