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A leading Senate Democrat says if a planned unification between rival factions in the State Senate occurs, do not expect any immediate action on key items like women’s reproductive rights, public financing of campaigns and transgender rights.

You may have never heard of it, but two state lawmakers want to block the sale of a herbal substance called kratom to minors.

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Many Mohawks are mourning the loss of a high-profile and often times controversial, leader. Born in Buffalo, Kakwirakeron - also known by his English name, Arthur Montour Sr. - died on October 31. He was 75 years old and left behind 59 grandchildren.

New York State Thruway Authority

Winter is around the corner and the New York State Thruway Authority has announced its readiness for the season.

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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.

A New York prison inmate will spend 10 more years behind bars for the attempted murder of another inmate inside the maximum security Attica Correctional Facility.

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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Reconstruction of the Scajaquada Expressway is slated to start this summer, but that has not settled neighborhood views on the New York State Department of Transportation's plan. A crowded public meeting Wednesday night was generally opposed to the plan.

Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash told the School Board Wednesday night that BUILD Academy is not the worst school in the state, no matter what test scores show. However, the school is in rough shape and its future is uncertain.

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It was a good night for Democrats in some of the nation's largest cities.

New York's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a forceful critic of President Trump, easily won a second term. And Democrats also won several major cities and closely watched races, including those in Boston, Charlotte, N.C., and Seattle.

With all of the precincts counted, de Blasio had 66 percent of the vote to 28 percent for his main rival, Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

In odd-numbered years, Election Day consists of a hodgepodge of state, local and special elections.

But in an era when, to flip an old phrase, all politics is national, these low-profile, low-turnout elections might have a lot more to say about the direction of the country than may have been the case just a few years ago.

Two governors races and one president in the background

Did you know the Farm Bill covers more than farms?

Nov 3, 2017
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The New York Agriculture Commissioner is touring the state asking for input on how the Farm Bill affects New Yorkers.

New York State Department of Health

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.

There is some misinformation on social media regarding a key ballot item in next month’s elections on whether to hold a constitutional convention.

President Trump's plan to eliminate the subsidies that help insurance companies absorb the cost of covering people with lower incomes is now before a federal judge. In the meantime, the clock is ticking down to the next open enrollment period under the existing health law - known as Obamacare.

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.

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New York State is working through its Parks 2020 plan, a $900 million shopping list of renovations and improvements for the state's vast network of parks. Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey says it is working and why parks attendance has risen from 57 million to 69 million this year.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

We walk up the trail to the summit of Hadley Mountain in the southern Adirondacks, fallen leaves crunching underfoot. The wind picks up a bit as we climb up the fire tower for the panoramic view.

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No more elephants under the big top in New York State.

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A proposal in the Senate to help stabilize Affordable Care Act marketplaces would ensure that subsidies paid to insurance companies benefit consumers rather than padding the companies' profits.

New York state is taking steps to make it easier to sign up as an organ donor.

NY sends crew to help fight CA wildfires

Oct 15, 2017
National Public Radio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that a crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation left Sunday for California to help crews there deal with the devastating wildfires.

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New York State United Teachers and its largest local affiliate, the United Federation of Teachers, are taking newly approved rules for charter school teachers to court.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

The State Comptroller announced New York has joined 28 other states in offering a program that will help people with disabled children save money for their future.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A lot of New York residents want to take advantage of the Excelsior scholarship for public colleges and universities in the state. However, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo talking about a $4 billion budget deficit, there might be a fight over money for the next three years.

The New York State Department of Health has confirmed that an Erie County resident has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus.

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