Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.
A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state’s ethics commission. It finds over $200 million was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government and policy in Albany.
The U.S. Supreme court decision McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down some campaign donation limits, is expected to have an effect in New York. Reform advocates say Governor Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counter act the ruling.
The recently enacted state budget also marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Governor Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform.
Any type of sustainable economic development has consistently passed over the City of Niagara Falls. But Mayor Paul Dyster says there are eight big projects in the works and insists there will be changes to boost tourism.
New York State has declared a State of Emergency for all of Western New York and parts of northern Central New York. The action comes after the National Weather Service officially declared a Blizzard Warning in Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Monroe, Livingston, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego and Wayne counties.
Protests in Ukraine began late last year with hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians taking to the streets to rally against corruption and police violence in the country. Congressman Brian Higgins says the violence happening there is a complicated matter.
In his State of the County address Wednesday night, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for an 'War on Poverty', saying something needs to be done to deal with the issue that is effecting children in school to seniors who are fiscally on the edge. The county executive delivered his address from the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library in downtown Buffalo.
We're talking about RINOs in this edition of Press Pass. Investigative Post's Jim Heaney looks at the campaign contributions made by Buffalo School Board member and former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino.
The blow-back continues over Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give convicts a free college education. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - legislation will be proposed on Capital Hill to bar Cuomo from funding the program with federal tax dollars.
Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Rochester Thursday. He stopped by the Eastman Business Park to give a regional budget presentation and to announce a $3 million grant for a new Bioscience Manufacturing Center.