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Governor Cuomo says the state legislature fell down on the job by leaving town without passing an extension of mayoral control for the New York City schools, and he has not ruled out calling them back for a special session.

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A busy legislative session in Albany has failed to produce any agreements on ethics reform, even though Albany is in the midst of a corruption crime wave. WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt spoke to long-time League of Women Voters lobbyist Barbara Bartoletti about the lack of action.


The state Senate is likely to confirm Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nomination to fill the latest vacancy on the state’s highest court. Judge Paul Feinman would be the first openly gay judge on the Court of Appeals.

New York has raised the age of marriage to 17, replacing a law that allowed children as young as 14 to legally wed.

Anything to drink with that popcorn? Not a beer. A plan to permit movie theaters in New York to seek a license to serve alcohol appears to be a flop.

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There was a flurry of activity — along with threats and ultimatums — on Monday at the State Capitol, but there were no agreements on major issues as the session draws to a scheduled close on Wednesday.

Collins renews vow to carry a gun at public events

Jun 19, 2017
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Congressman Chris Collins, who last week raised eyebrows by suggesting he would carry a gun following the shooting of a colleague, has again stated his intention to be armed during public appearances, not just for his safety but also for that of staff and constituents.


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The legislature is approaching its final week of the 2017 session, and agreements on outstanding issues, including mayoral control over the state’s largest school system, remain elusive.


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A series of state and federal raids yesterday targeted the Grassroots political club and its founder, Maurice Garner. The group is best known for developing the careers of Mayor Byron Brown and State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes.

Governor Cuomo has named the first openly gay judge to New York’s highest court. Paul Feinman, an appellate court judge and LGBT rights advocate, has been tabbed to fill a vacancy on the New York State Court of Appeals.


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A faction of breakaway Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Conference has been in the news lately for receiving stipend payments for chairing committees that the Senators in fact did not chair. Here’s a look at the history of this power-brokering group of senators and what may be in store for its future.


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Imagine keeping track of thousands of questions and requests for action to city agencies and city-affiliated agencies. It is routine for Buffalo's Common Council, but it now is setting up a new system to keep track of those queries.

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Legislative leaders are dug in on remaining issues in the 2017 session and are accusing each other of unfairly linking unrelated items to renewal of mayoral control over New York City schools. Time is running out for scheduled meetings.


The New York State legislative session is drawing to a close and Democrats and Republicans are digging in on the remaining issues of 2017. Among them is a measure to extend the New York City mayor’s control of the public schools, which has now been linked to a number of diverse issues affecting people in the rest of the state.

With little more than a week left in the legislative session, some state lawmakers and community advocates are renewing the push for legalized recreational marijuana in New York State.

The state budget has been in place for just less than two months and already there are signs that tax revenues may be significantly lower than expected. Anticipated federal tax reductions later this year may be one of the reasons.

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With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, some New York lawmakers are pressing for reform of the state’s economic development contracting process. The push comes in light of a scandal that has led to federal corruption charges against several former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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The New York Legislature has overturned a state law that allows 14-year-olds to legally wed.

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Erie County lawmakers voted Thursday to approve plans for how to spend one million dollars to curb an ongoing opioid addiction crisis. More will be discussed. Meanwhile, the legislator who first introduced the idea of the million-dollar boost is frustrated by what he considers stalling by his peers.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed Tuesday to help defeat the state’s Republican members of the House of Representatives when they are up for election next year.


Boston Town Clerk Jennifer Mule has resigned her post, effective immediately.

The New York State Legislature is back at the Capitol for three weeks of meetings before the session ends later in June. A number of advocacy groups say there’s an opportunity for lawmakers to act to address some of the harm that they say President Donald Trump’s policies are causing. But divisions in the Legislature may hinder any chance of achievements.


Supporters of a constitutional convention in New York say the amendment deserves prominent placement on the November ballot. Opponents say the entire idea is too risky, and that the state should skip it.


Debate over NY primary date not typical politics

May 30, 2017

New York lawmakers want fewer elections. They say they can save millions of dollars by consolidating primaries for state and federal offices into one day, but they cannot agree on when that day should be.

More than a month after a proposal was first introduced to provide the Erie County Health Department with $1 million for efforts to curb opioid addiction, members of the Legislature agreed on how to proceed.


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President Donald Trump, who’s never been very popular in New York, has reached an all-time low in the opinions of voters, according to a new poll.


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One day after Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown stated that the city and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation were moving ahead with Canalside's 2004 master plan, Governor Andrew Cuomo came to town and committed state money to spark development on an idled plot of land at Canalside.

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Federal appeals court judges do not seem eager to embrace the arguments of lawyers seeking a new trial for former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son.

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Buffalo Common Councilmembers made minimal changes, as they approved Mayor Byron Brown's half-billion-dollar city budget proposal Tuesday, which holds the line on taxes.

NYS equal rights amendment back on table

May 17, 2017
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Democrats in the New York State Senate want to add an equal rights amendment to the state constitution.

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