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At least one person in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts did not agree Monday when Governor Cuomo's State of the State message included a full-throated pitch for ridesharing, like Uber and Lyft.  Todd Vaarwerk, director of advocacy and public policy for the Western New York Independent Living Center, does not agree with the pitch, saying ridesharing companies do not allow access for people like him, the state's disabled community.


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As he delivered his State of the State message in Amherst on Monday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled details for his proposed "Buffalo Billion Squared," the next phase of Western New York development. Among the ideas drawing cheers was a proposal to expand the Buffalo Metro Rail.


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It's the next phase of state investment in Western New York and, although it amounts to $500 million, is being called "Buffalo Billion Squared." Governor Andrew Cuomo provided hints of the additional development it would fund during his State of the State address Monday afternoon in Amherst.


Lawmakers, law enforcement decry Clark parole

Jan 9, 2017
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A group of New York lawmakers and leaders of police groups is calling on parole officials to deny the release of Judith Clark, an ex-radical who drove a getaway car in the deadly 1981 Brinks armored car robbery.

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The State of the State is coming to Buffalo Monday afternoon, as Governor Cuomo has moved the Constitutionally-mandated message and speech from Albany to six sites around the state. Monday morning he will deliver the address in Manhattan before flying to Buffalo for an appearance at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts.


The rush to get health care before it changes

Jan 9, 2017

The number of New Yorkers signing up for health insurance through the state health exchange continues to climb. In recent weeks nearly 3.5 million people enrolled in plans.

Cuomo announces new plan to improve voting

Jan 8, 2017
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On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his ninth proposal of the 2017 State of the State Address.

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Top Democrat and Republican members of the Senate and Assembly are not attending Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address.

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The Buffalo Billion has given a giant boost to economic development around here, from renovations at Parkside Candy to the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo. Governor Cuomo is coming to town on Monday for the local version of his traveling State of the State message and is likely to announce Buffalo Billion Two.

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Ahead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Regional State of the State Address in Buffalo Monday, there is a new push to make ridesharing a priority this session. A diverse group turned out at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Thursday to voice their support. 


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The minimum wage went up in New York State last weekend. Governor Cuomo has announced the launch of a task force that will ensure businesses are up to speed on changes. The state is also providing workers opportunities to learn what rate they are now required to earn, and report if they are not being paid the new minimum rate.


Hike in minimum wage prompts state task force

Jan 3, 2017
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About 200 state investigators and staffers are being assigned to spread the word about New York's recent minimum wage increase — and to make sure businesses comply.

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It appears that state lawmakers have adjourned their business for the year.

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An ethics reform proposal quietly circulated between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders for a possible special session that also could include a pay raise is getting blasted by the state’s attorney general as possibly unconstitutional.


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Advocates for the homeless say the governor and Legislature don’t need to call a special session to free up more money to help create more housing for those in need. They say political leaders could simply sign an already printed memorandum of understanding and start helping people now.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded $3.5 million for the final design of the Niagara Gorge Project. 

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In Albany’s own version of Groundhog Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still keeping open the possibility of a special session before the year ends that could include legalizing ride-sharing services statewide and a pay raise for lawmakers.


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The union representing Metro Bus drivers and mechanics says it wants the public and the Governor to know members are "very frustrated" about the lack of a contract after eight years of negotiations, and have "no confidence" in the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Executive Director to reach an agreement on their behalf.

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Discussions over a December special session has turned to finger pointing, as Governor Cuomo and Senate Republicans blame each other over lack of progress.

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Labatt USA is teaming up with other local businesses to urge Albany to pass legislation that would allow ride-hailing in Western New York.


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Two years ago, the state banned hydrofracking of natural gas within the state’s borders. However, a group of Cornell scientists who study the effects of climate change say New Yorkers are using more natural gas than ever.

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Talks between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still continuing over whether to hold a special session before the holidays — and the clock is ticking.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has spoken to federal prosecutors regarding the prosecution of his former top aide and eight others involved in an economic development scandal.


President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act — also known as Obamacare — and replace it with something else. While no one really knows what that means, one health care analyst with a prominent Albany think tank said New York could be billions of dollars in the hole as a result.


Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers are still trying to put together a special session before the end of the year that could include a pay raise.

Erie County

Erie County wants to know: How good is your internet service? It is looking to find out where it is good and where it needs help or might be non-existent.

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If the Cuomo Administration decided to write Santa Claus a wish list for items passed in 2017, what would be on that list? Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, during her most recent visit to Buffalo, was asked what her boss would like to see in the new year.


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State lawmakers are considering whether to have a special session this month where they would vote on, among other things, a pay raise for themselves.


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NY Senate Democrats now have 32 votes in the chamber, which under normal circumstances would mean they hold the majority. But in the state Senate, it’s more complicated than that.

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Despite seeing the most fruitful period of economic development in recent history, many residents and areas in the City of Buffalo continue to struggle with poverty. As part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, both the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo will help the city create a work plan to change that.


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