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With a state-appointed committee due to decide Thursday where a new city passenger train station should be located, a highly visible preservationist is arguing the new station should be in downtown Buffalo on Washington Street just south of Exchange Street.

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A residency requirement for college students seeking free tuition at New York’s public colleges is drawing criticism. Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended the late addition to the plan, approved as part of the state budget earlier this month.


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The state budget struggle in Albany is high political theater, with the legendary "three men in a room" fighting over where the money goes and what it all means to the future of New York. How was the experience for two new local lawmakers?


New York State will use $1 million set aside in its new budget to establish a hate crimes task force.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is encouraging New York residents to take advantage of state rebates offered for the purchase of an electric car.

New NYS budget holds line on homeless funding

Apr 13, 2017
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says among the items approved in the new state budget is $20 billion for New York's homeless. This includes $2.5 billion "to advance the creation of 100,000 new affordable and 6,000 supportive housing units."

However, after a review of legislative figures, that appears to hold the line on funding for New York's five-year plan against homelessness. This comes at a time when demand is continuing to rise, according to a couple of local advocates.

New York has become the first state to offer four years of free college to students whose families make $100,000 or less each year.
To receive the so-called Excelsior Scholarship, students have to attend school full time, maintain a minimum grade point average depending on their program and finish their degree on time.

Cuomo takes budget victory lap in Buffalo

Apr 11, 2017
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Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared in Buffalo on Tuesday morning to celebrate several components of the newly-passed state budget and to promote the next phase of his ambitious Buffalo Billion program.


New York state has passed legislation that would create the largest experiment in the country to offer free tuition at two- and four-year colleges. The Excelsior Scholarship, approved over the weekend as part of the state budget, would cover full-time students in the State University of New York system, which totals 64 campuses and 1.3 million students.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, appeared with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and state education leaders in an event hailing the new program, which would begin this fall and is estimated to cost $163 million per year.

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With the passage of the state budget, lawmakers have approved the Buffalo Billion II, the second wave of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development plan for Western New York.  The $400 million in state dollars will help boost some high-profile projects. But there are those who believe the program's lack of transparency makes it vulnerable to corruption.


New York will be the first state in the nation to offer free college tuition to middle-class students under the new state budget deal worked out by Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers.

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New York State lawmakers have agreed upon a new $153 billion budget that is expected to be approved next week.

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School districts have been left in limbo, with the passage of a New York state budget extender instead of an approved spending plan.

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New York State will avoid a government shutdown after lawmakers approved a two-month stopgap spending plan Monday.

In 2015, New York announced it had reached a landmark settlement with the New York Civil Liberties Union, which sued over the state's aggressive use of solitary confinement to discipline inmates.

Five Mualimm-ak is one of the activists who pushed for the changes. He spent five years in solitary and says it left him broken.

"When people say you survived solitary? Nobody survives that," he says.

Cuomo asks for extension to keep NYS operating

Apr 3, 2017
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With New York State budget negotiations at an impasse, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked legislative leaders to extend last year's budget through the end of May while Democrats and Republicans continue working to settle their differences.

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The new fiscal year began today for the State of New York, and for the first time under Governor Andrew Cuomo's leadership, the state budget will be late.

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With lawmakers in Albany preoccupied with getting the budget done by week’s end, groups have to get creative to gain attention. Supporters of spending for public defense for the poor came up with one way: a “Wheel of Fortune”-style game staged right in the middle of the action.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning that the state might not be able to add more money for schools this year because of uncertainties in Washington over federal funding.


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New York State regulators have scheduled public meetings to gather comments from utility customers impacted by the windstorm that knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Western New York earlier this month.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders plan to meet all week, but no agreements are finalized yet on a state budget that’s due Friday.


Many proposals in Washington right now including the changes to the Affordable Health Care Act, could mean multi billion dollar budget gaps for New York State. With the budget due this week, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders think that at the very least, they may have to come back later in the year to revise the spending plan.


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On Saturday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is ordering an investigation into the flyers with racist messages that circulated around the Village of Lewiston earlier this week.

New York State is home to over 4.4 million immigrants and now a new initiative will guarantee them access to legal assistance.

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A provision to shift Medicaid health care costs in New York from counties to the state as part of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act by Congress is meeting with a cool reception from state leaders.


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Congressman Chris Collins says an amendment to the American Health Care Act that he introduced could save Erie County taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. And County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw released a plan Tuesday on how to spend the savings. 


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The next two weeks at the New York State Capitol are going to be very busy as lawmakers face the deadline for a new budget. Several issues remain unresolved.


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Two Ontario cabinet ministers are heading to New York Tuesday to urge legislators to exempt Canada from a Buy American policy it plans to introduce.

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Uber and the NAACP issued a joint report Monday that calls on state lawmakers to approve ride-hailing service - or ride-sharing - across Upstate.

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Many gathered at Battery Park in New York City Sunday afternoon rallying to resist voter suppression.

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