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Legal concerns at the heart of expenses
10:32 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Billions in state spending detailed by DiNapoli

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
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A report from the New York Comptroller's office shows approval for nearly $9 billion in payments made in the month of February.

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News
7:51 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Do you have unclaimed money being held by the state?

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
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Someone has $1.7 million sitting in a dormant account that is now being held by New York State.

In fact, the state has 31 million unclaimed accounts worth $13 billion.

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging people to visit www.osc.state.ny.us. Millions of people could end up with unexpected windfalls by simply typing in their names and some other identifying information. Of course, not every person with unclaimed funds will feel like a lottery winner.

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Pastors follow lead of many businesses
10:47 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Governor gets faith-based support for minimum wage hike

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Earlier this month 85 business leaders from across New York State put their collective support behind Governor Cuomo's effort to raise the minimum wage.

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second emergency benefit created as well
11:17 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Extension granted for HEAP applications

New York State Emblem
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An extension has been granted for applications to the HEAP program.

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Elmwood Bridge revamp; Scajaquada still undecided
11:00 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Elmwood Avenue Bridge to be reconstructed; Scajaquada design still undecided

Elmwood Avenue Bridge over the Scajaquada Expressway
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The State Department of Transportation took opening bids for the re-construction of the Elmwood Avenue Bridge over the Scajaquada Expressway, on February 5.

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85-year-old woman with dementia last seen Friday
10:21 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Missing Adult Alert issued for Falls woman

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A New York State Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert has been issued for a Niagara Falls resident.

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Local
4:44 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Cuomo vetoes legislation to limit CPS caseloads

New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D)
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Governor Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have required annual reports to be compiled regarding monthly caseloads handled by the staff of Child Protective Services.

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Buffalo officials remember Governor Mario Cuomo
6:10 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Buffalo officials remember Governor Mario Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo hugs his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, election 2014.
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Following the passing of Mario Cuomo, many officials in the City of Buffalo are lamenting on the career and life of the three-term New York Governor.

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WNYers respond to minimum wage increase
6:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Western New Yorkers respond to minimum wage increase

Recent minimum wage fight in Buffalo.
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More than one million workers across New York will be getting raises this New Year’s Eve, as the state minimum wage is set to increase from $8 an hour to $8.75. WBFO’s Avery Schneider talked with some Western New York residents to get their take on the hike.

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Cuomo to give inaugural addresses in NYC & Buffalo
1:51 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Cuomo to deliver inaugural addresses in NYC and Buffalo

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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo will start off the new year by delivering his second-term inaugural address, not once, but twice on New Years Day.

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Bank settlements boost spending power
10:37 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Financial windfall to benefit state budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Bank settlements will be contributing to a $5 billion windfall that New York State will be able to spread over its annual budgets beginning in 2015.

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Reports can be filed at State website
10:50 am
Sun December 21, 2014

AG investigates storm related price gouging

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is continuing an investigation into price gouging following the November storm.

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Negativity in 146th Assembly race continues
5:17 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Campaign ad criticized in Assembly race

146th Assembly candidate Steve Meyer
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A potential legal issue has arisen in the race for the 146th State Assembly seat.

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Protestors turn out for 2nd amendment rights
1:42 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors turn out for Second Amendment rights at gubernatorial debate

Protestors outside WBFO-WNED studios ahead of the gubernatorial debates.
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Ahead of the gubernatorial debates, protestors gathered outside of the WBFO-WNED studios.  The crowd was heavy with ant-fracking, pro-clean energy mantras, and just as weighted with chants for Second Amendment rights – those mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo.

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Protestors urge alternative to fracking
1:40 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors urge gubernatorial candidates to find alternatives to fracking

Protestors gather outside WBFO-WNED studios for the gubernatorial debates
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Before the gubernatorial candidates started volleying debate points, citizens were volleying protest slogans.  Outside of the WBFO-WNED studios, shouts for second amendment rights – mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo – were just as loud as chants against fracking for natural gas.

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Order seeks clear communication and protocols
11:27 am
Sat October 18, 2014

State directive for handling Ebola cases issued

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The New York State Acting Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker, has issued a directive regarding the handling of Ebola cases in the state.

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Local
5:45 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Didn't get your NYS family tax rebate? Here's what you can do...

http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/credits/family_tax_relief_credit.htm

New York State has set up a website for taxpayers who thought they were eligible for the Family Tax Relief Credit of $350  - but didn't receive a check. 

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Stricter charges to follow multiple offenses
11:26 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Stiffer DWI penalties on tap

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Drivers with multiple DWI offenses will be facing stiffer penalties come November first.

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School tax refunds also being calculated
12:03 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Tax rebates planned for homeowners

The Capitol in Albany
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A pair of tax rebate plans will begin benefiting New York State homeowners in September.

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Guildelines would control use and protect privacy
10:43 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Schumer pushes for controls on domestic drones

US Senator Charles Schumer
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New York State Senator Charles Schumer is calling for new federal regulations in governing the use of privately owned drone aircraft.

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Western New York students will benefit
11:12 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Cuomo announces grants for after school programs

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced new grants equaling nearly $11 million in support of Advantage After School Programs across the state.

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DHS monies benefit Buffalo, West Seneca
10:55 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Federal funding will improve local fire departments

Senator Charles Schumer
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New York State's two US Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gilibrand, have announced funding for improvements to a pair of Western New York fire departments.

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Local
9:30 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Solar panel plant could bring 1,000 jobs to Buffalo

SolarCity's planned purchase of solar panel manufacturer Silevo could lead to construction in Buffalo of one of the world's largest solar panel production plants.

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Supporters argue bill would boost economy and jobs
10:38 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Proposed state bill would legalize growing hemp

The Official Seal of New York State
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A pair of New York State lawmakers are proposing a bill that would legalize the growing of industrial hemp for research purposes.

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Winter related road defects not covered by state
11:29 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Owners pay to repair cars damaged by crumbling highway

I-290 Expressway
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Claims filed with New York State over vehicular damage caused by broken concrete on the I-290 expressway are being denied.

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Focus on Education
2:53 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Regents pull teacher protections from Common Core changes in final vote

Kids learning.
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The state Board of Regents at the last minute reversed course and decided not to hold a final vote on some changes to weaken implementation of the Common Core standards in New York. 

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Access to be restricted to targeted hospitals
10:47 am
Sun January 5, 2014

Cuomo expected to make deal on medical marijuana

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Medical marijuana may soon be made available on a limited basis in New York State.

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Stepped up enforcement efforts to cover holidays
10:31 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Statewide DWI crackdown in force this weekend

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Statewide law enforcement personnel are engaging in an Impaired Driving Crackdown over the holiday weekend, which is promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association.

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State officials cautiously optimistic
11:28 am
Sat August 17, 2013

State tax receipts boost financial picture

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
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There is good financial news being reported for New York State.

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Local
5:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Comptroller issues report on IDA performance

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Industrial Development Agencies, or IDAs, are doing a better job of using incentives to create and retain jobs in New York. But the state's fiscal watchdog has some concerns about accountability and transparency when it comes to tax exemptions.

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