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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.

ALICE Project

It is generally agreed that the federal poverty level is outdated, so a number of other standard-of-living measurements have come into use to help provide a more well-rounded picture of financial hardship across America. The United Way's ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Project says the latest picture of New York State is "startling."

It is becoming a love-hate relationship, but no more discussion. The "I Love NY" signs have to come down, says the Federal Highway Administration.

New York is cracking down so-called "ticket bots," software used to snatch up tickets to concerts, plays and other events that are then resold at significantly higher prices.

NYS urging more breastfeeding initiatives

Nov 22, 2016

The New York State Department of Health continues to push for breastfeeding initiatives. On Monday, the department announced it will allocate more than $7 million toward promoting breastfeeding. 

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Federal auditors say New York improperly used as much as $150 million in grants to set up its insurance exchange under President Barack Obama's health care law and enroll people for coverage.

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Siena Research Institute has released results of a survey that shows just how pervasive cyberbullying  is among teens across upstate New York.

The survey queried teens and their parents from Buffalo to Albany. First, the numbers from the teens who were polled:

What you need to know about voting in NYS

Nov 8, 2016

The polls opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m. Here is what you need to know about Election Day voting 2016:

It's no surprise: Taxpayers living in New York state are subject to some of the highest rates in the country.

No one pays more state and local income taxes out of a paycheck than New Yorkers do, according to recent data from the Tax Foundation. The state also ranks fourth overall in property tax collections.

With that, one might be quick to think that complaining about the state's tax burden is a given. But not always.

Venessa Rodriguez of Endicott is happy with her health insurance. But one thing she's not thrilled about is that it's not always clear what she owes when she goes to the doctor.

"I think what's happened a few times (is) my doctor's office will send a lab away," she said. "And then (I come to) find out that the lab was not covered under my insurance."

The same goes for Barbara Johnston from Rochester.

New York State Senate

This year's election could determine which party controls the New York Senate, possibly giving Democrats the keys to state government.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says his office needs better oversight of state economic development contracts, in light of a corruption scandal that has led to criminal charges against Governor Cuomo’s former top aide, other Cuomo Administration associates and two major upstate developers. Karen DeWitt sat down with DiNapoli this week to talk about that and other topics, including  a drop in state revenues of nearly three quarter of a billion dollars so far this year, and his predictions for the elections.

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The traveler's lodging service Airbnb is facing significant challenges in New York State.

New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Campers flocked to New York State Parks in record numbers for the fifth year in a row this year.

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Pipeline companies are not having a lot of success in New York so far in 2016. Opponents say they are dirty and continue New York’s over reliance on fossil fuels. Two projects have already been canceled.  A pipeline company representative says the projects are not as harmful as opponents say and, in fact, essential  for the state’s current electric needs.

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State officials argue against claims that they aren't assisting enough to improve New York's 911 system.

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A new mountain bike course should be under construction soon on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. It's part of a new blueprint for nearly 160 acres of land along Furhmann Boulevard approved Monday by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

Rabies vaccine bait drops begin this week

Aug 15, 2016
Niagara County Health Department

New Yorkers may see planes and helicopters overhead this week, dropping thousands of pellets across city and rural areas. It is the annual rabies vaccine air drop and there are some things to remember when you see the waxy green, vanilla-scented packets.

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On Sunday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a hotline that will reduce and resolve a number of election day problems.

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The CEOs have spoken - and they're not happy with New York State. They rated the state 49th out of 50 for the second year in a row, saying it's the second-worst state in which to do business.

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Governor Cuomo says the economics that go with professional mixed martial arts can be a knockout for New York's economy. Joined by Ultimate Fighting Championship ex-champions Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman, Cuomo signed legislation officially ending the state's ban on the sport.

Karen DeWitt

Proponents of New York’s new medical marijuana law say so far, it’s barely functioning, and they say major revisions are necessary to allow more than just a tiny number of patients to benefit.


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A trip that began in Nevada has been hitting all points north and south to the country’s east coast made a stop in Buffalo on Friday.

There is still money available to New Yorkers for home heating aid. These dollars are available because of low energy prices and New York's mild winter. 

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With concerns over the spread of the Zika (ZEE ka) virus growing, New York State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker, is providing public information.

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Governor Cuomo has some big ideas for rebuilding the state’s neglected infrastructure. But will it come with a big price tag?

Albany says its online registration system for medical marijuana is ready. However, many have questions about how the system will actually work.


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On Sunday County Executive Mark Poloncarz responded to County Legislator Joseph Lorigo's call to reverse his stance on accepting Syrian refugees.

Photo from Karen Dewitt

The ride sharing service Uber, which already operates in New York City, is making a big push to move into upstate and Long Island. But that would require state lawmakers to take action.


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A New York comedian who is also an activist on prison rights issues is drawing attention to the state’s practice of investing a small amount of its pension fund in the private prison industry.


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