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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.

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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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.

Despite years of audits and prosecutions, financial people in volunteer fire companies continue to steal from their fire companies, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York attended an event at a Manhattan synagogue in which he sharply criticized the city for not closing Rikers Island, the city's notorious jail.

Matt Ryan New York Now

The state Legislature’s one-house budgets make some changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $163 million proposal to offer free tuition at public colleges in New York to some middle-class students.

Karen Dewitt

The New York State Senate and Assembly are in agreement on a plan to increase funding for the care of the developmentally disabled.

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Two of the biggest cities standing in the way of Tuesday's nor'easter, New York City and Philadelphia, have lifted their blizzard warnings as the storm's path has shifted to the west and meteorologists have tempered their forecasts for the major urban areas.

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The New York Public Service Commission could make a decision this week that would have a big impact on the state's solar industry. Advocates for small solar producers worry they will be left behind.

NYS Comptroller's Office

Once again, the New York State Comptroller's Office has millions of dollars in unclaimed funds looking for their owners, including more than $113 million owed to 241,221 accounts in Erie County.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the agency that investigates mistreatment of disabled people in state care refused to hand over thousands of records needed to complete a state audit.

Victims of child sex abuse in New York say the political power of the Roman Catholic Church and other institutions is preventing lawmakers from passing a law that would relax one of the nation's tightest statutes of limitations on filing criminal charges and lawsuits.

Hundreds of health care providers are asking state authorities for increased support for community-based services to help uninsured patients.

Press office Gov. Andrew Cuomo

On Sunday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new organization designed to improve economic and cultural relations between New York and Israel.

Ne York State

A boost is in store for the New York economy. Empire State Development says 43 businesses are expanding or coming to New York state to partner with colleges and universities.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

The Peace Officer Training Academy is holding an Open House Saturday  for its new location in a renovated factory building at 2180 Elmwood Avenue. It is the first time since the initial class in August 2000 that the Academy has had its own facility.

NYS Health Exchange sees 28% enrollment increase

Feb 6, 2017
New York State

The window to sign up for health insurance through the New York state Marketplace has come and gone, but the marketplace was busier than ever even though there are lots of questions about what may happen to the current health care system.

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New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Charter Communications - the parent company of the former Time Warner Cable - alleging the cable and internet provider failed to deliver on promised internet speeds and reliability at least since 2012.

The State Assembly has passed legislation that would strip taxpayer-funded pensions from public officers convicted of corruption, as well as a resolution aimed at preventing conflicts of interest with regard to legislators' outside income.

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Buffalo parents in the District Parent Coordinating Council have filed a petition with the State Department of Education demanding the removal of School Board Member Carl Paladino for what they call "his history of racist, incendiary and destructive behavior," including his most recent published statements about the Obamas.

New York lawmakers will soon begin several weeks of hearings on Governor Cuomo's $152 billion state budget proposal.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

Several names are popping up as possible contenders to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018. One Republican business expert is exploring that idea and attacking what he calls Cuomo’s lack of understanding of how businesses create jobs.

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Buffalo will be the site for Ultimate Fighting Championship 210 on April 8, as the Octagon sets down at KeyBank Center for the promotion's first visit here since 1995.

An expansion of industrial hemp farming was one of Governor Cuomo’s proposals at his regional State of the State address in Syracuse. The proposal comes the same week the state allots more money to fight drug addiction.

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 has been a violent start to 2017 in Western New York. Police are investigating three gun deaths in Buffalo over the weekend, plus two other shootings - one in Buffalo and another in Lockport.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Duffy

Electors are gathering Monday in every state to formally elect the President and Vice President of the United States. Usually this is a mere formality, but anti-Donald Trump forces are trying one last time to deny him the White House.

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Manufacturers in New York state expanded more quickly in December than in November, driven by a big jump in new orders.  That is the latest from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Joel Ulrich / National Public Radio

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.

Holocaust Center joins alarm about hate crimes

Dec 9, 2016

In recent months, there has been a surge in reported hate speech - on Jews, Hispanics, Muslims, African Americans, women and members of the LGBTQ community. Now an international group of 90 organizations, including the Holocaust Center of Buffalo, plus 71 Holocaust scholars and educators have signed on to a statement condemning such intolerance.

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