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Cuomo proposes opioid tax to pay for epidemic

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One of the new sources of revenue included in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed executive budget is an opioid epidemic surcharge. The $0.02 tax per milligram of active opioid ingredient on pills would be levied on drug manufacturers.

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The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will be open for visitors Monday, with New York State picking up the tab for the federal workers.

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Erie County legislators have unanimously asked Albany to extend the deadline for renewing pistol permits, noting potentially thousands of permit holders have not renewed.

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State officials say New York's 10th and final emergency stockpile of disaster response supplies is now operational in Western New York.

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State Sen. Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat, spoke publicly for the first time since an investigation has begun into allegations that he sexually harassed a female staffer.

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As Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his budget for the next fiscal year Tuesday, a prospective Republican challenger says legal marijuana is a key way to ease the state's fiscal crisis.

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It’s not just consumers. Recycling plastic bags for many retailers has proven difficult. To help with this problem, the New York Plastic Bag Task Force has identified eight possible solutions and sent the report to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for consideration.

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Part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week was an expansion of his shared services plan. That’s a push by the state to get local governments to be more efficient to ease property tax burden. However, the New York Association of Counties thinks the governor needs to look in the mirror.

The 2018 election season is beginning, but state Republicans are still trying to settle on a strong candidate to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to seek a third term.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State speech, floated the idea of converting the state income tax to a payroll tax to help reverse the new federal law that limits deductibility for state and local taxes. Many support the concept, but businesses say it is not so easy to make the change and it could bring unforeseen complications.

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This year will be one of criminal trials for former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as the former leaders of the New York State Legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact some ethics reforms in 2018.

The week after Christmas is usually a short and slow one for town officials in New Paltz, N.Y. — but not this time.

"When we opened town hall Wednesday we had almost 100 voicemails from people inquiring about how they could prepay their taxes," says Daniel Torres, the town's deputy supervisor.

And the phones kept ringing. People started lining up. Torres says the clerk's office has a only few people working in it.

"The clerk's office was so overrun. After a certain while we couldn't even pick up the phones anymore," he says.

Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the New York State Legislature met Wednesday to hear a very long State of the State message about the issues affecting their political perspective and their districts.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday, kicking off a challenging year of budget deficits and re-election races.

The new year dawns with political storm clouds bearing down on New York lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing measures to fight the crushing burden of student loan debt.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not officially announced a candidacy for a third term, but has told everyone he is planning to run next year.

With a projected multibillion-dollar deficit and looming federal changes that could cost the state billions more, the biggest obstacle in the upcoming 2018 legislative session will be balancing the state budget.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a female journalist did "a disservice to women" for asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government. Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer says he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment.

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Three Western New York schools will receive aid as part of an education initiative that was proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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The woman accusing Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment says in a federal lawsuit that Gov. Andrew Cuomo knew and did nothing to stop it. However, the governor's office denies the allegations.

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New York State is creating a suicide prevention task force to study ways to reduce the number of New Yorkers who take their own lives.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his effort to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca took a hit Thursday in State Supreme Court.


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Dozens of New York state lawmakers have written to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's top corrections official to urge them to end solitary confinement of prisoners.

Democrats in New York are heartened by what they call a “blue wave” in this week’s election results in the state and the nation.

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A new State Health Department study is looking to determine why Western New York is one of the worst regions in New York for cancer and what can be done about it.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out a plan to solve a grim mystery in New York State. Cuomo says scientists and health researchers will spend the next year trying to find out why cancer rates are so much higher in some areas.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that bans electronic cigarettes from places in New York State where smoking tobacco is already prohibited.

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New York volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers will be eligible for health care benefits under a new state law.

The first wave of rail tanker cars began arriving in the Adirondack Park last week. The mothballed industrial cars are being stored on track in the heart of the Park.

Iowa Pacific and its Saratoga North Creek Railroad subsidiary say they eventually hope to store thousands of mothballed oil and chemical tanker cars near the High Peaks Wilderness.

The company says it will drop the controversial plan only if it is paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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