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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.

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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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Acting on a bill sponsored by two state lawmakers from Western New York, Governor Cuomo has signed a new law that will allow the grandchildren of murder victims to be reimbursed for counseling.

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New York State has added to its tourism strategy. On Saturday, Governor Cuomo announced the groundbreaking of the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York.

New York State continues to make strides towards authorizing cannabis for medical treatment. Many are jumping on the medical marijuana industry band wagon.

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Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In honor of the occasion, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a proclamation and signed two pieces of legislation.

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Stressing its value in promoting tourism, Albany is putting a million dollars into Lockport's newly-opened Cornerstone Arena in the center of the city.

Over 1 million more New Yorkers on Medicaid

Jul 19, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York has added 1.1 million people to Medicaid since the state health exchange opened last year in the national effort to connect the uninsured with low-cost coverage.

More New Yorkers are going solar

Jul 7, 2015
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Solar energy use is heating up in New York State, according to a state report released this week.

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The first and only state park in the City of Buffalo opened on Sunday, and is set to offer Western New Yorkers a new waterfront destination.

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What's probably going to be a very long fight over the financing system for New York charter schools went into State Supreme Court Thursday.

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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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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 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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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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An extension has been granted for applications to the HEAP program.

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

Cuomo vetoes legislation to limit CPS caseloads

Jan 4, 2015
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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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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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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.

Cuomo to deliver inaugural addresses in NYC and Buffalo

Dec 28, 2014
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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 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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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is continuing an investigation into price gouging following the November storm.

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

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

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