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New York State has decided to allow all bars and restaurants in orange zones statewide to resume indoor dining at 50% capacity. That decision is in reaction to a court ruling allowing nearly 100 establishments in Buffalo to do that.

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Perhaps no sector has been hurt more by the COVID-19 pandemic than the arts. During the second in a series of State of the State addresses, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative that could bring back outdoor performances, and perhaps even indoor performances. WBFO’s Tom Dinki got reaction from those in the Buffalo arts scene.

  

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out a plan to turn New York State away from its current reliance on fossil fuels into a more energy-efficient state and create thousands of new jobs.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to mandate internet service providers in New York to offer high-speed internet to low-income consumers at $15 per month, and is seeking to create a fund for families that can’t afford it at that rate.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo detailed his plans to use rapid coronavirus testing in 2021 to reopen restaurants, theaters and arts venues -- including New York City’s Tribeca Film festival in June -- even before most New Yorkers are vaccinated.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give the second in a series of State of the State addresses Tuesday at 11: 30 a.m. Watch it live here.

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The Buffalo Bills have been granted permission to have a limited number of fans attend their second straight home playoff game.

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In a year when New York state faces a $15 billion budget deficit and a greater demand for basic services, advocates for survivors of domestic violence say they are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also prioritizing their concerns.

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During the first of four State of the State speeches, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that fighting the COVID-19 pandemic will be the top priority. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the first in a series of 2021 New York State of State addresses Monday. Watch it here.

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In the Syracuse suburb of Manlius, police transparency carries a hefty price tag.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, after nearly a week’s delay, is scheduled to deliver his State of the State speech on Monday. He said in the midst of a worsening pandemic and economic losses, the message will be a bit brighter now that Democrats are set to control both houses of Congress, and President-elect Joe Biden said he’ll push for a bailout for states like New York that were hit hard by the pandemic.

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More New Yorkers will become eligible to receive the COVID vaccine beginning Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday. Concerns remains, though, for having enough supply to meet demand, as members of the Western New York Vaccination Hub explained shortly after the governor's announcement.

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Giving both economic and equity reasons, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came out strongly in favor of marijuana legalization for adult recreation in the state Wednesday afternoon.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced late Wednesday that he would send 1,000 members of New York State's National Guard to the nation's capitol "to aid and facilitate the peaceful transition of presidential power."

The New York State Legislature began the 2021 session with a strengthened Democratic base and intensifying challenges, including the ongoing pandemic and the growing budget deficit. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use by adults, his third attempt in as many years to get the drug fully legalized in the state.

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Republican members of the state Legislature want to rein in some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers that he has held through the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it’s time for more than just one branch of government to make all of the decisions.

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County leaders in New York said Tuesday that their health departments have been developing vaccination plans for years and can help smooth the rocky rollout of the state’s vaccination program, but they need more cooperation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration.

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In New York state, like in most of the nation, the COVID-19 vaccination rollout is behind schedule and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to withhold new doses from hospitals that do not speed things up.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the New York State health department testing labs have discovered a case of the more contagious form of the coronavirus first discovered in the United Kingdom.

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Another inmate death in the New York State Prison System has prison reform advocates calling for emergency action. 

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New York State has recorded more than 1 million positive COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

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As the new year begins, New York state leaders face two major challenges. One is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as infection rates spike again and a vaccine rollout begins. The second is the state’s related multibillion-dollar budget deficit, which needs to be closed by spring.

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New York State is making an exception to its restrictions on large gatherings to allow fans to attend a Buffalo Bills home playoff game in January as long as all test negative beforehand. It will be the Bills' first playoff game in 25 years and a huge test not only for the team but COVID-weary New Yorkers.

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While many New Yorkers will be happy to put 2020 behind them, there’s no denying it was a year like no other. At the Capitol, the Legislature took a back seat as Gov. Andrew Cuomo gained power and popularity among residents who eagerly tuned in for his coronavirus briefings.

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New York state lawmakers held a special December session Monday to enact new protections for tenants unable to meet rent payments, due to pandemic-related job losses and other financial challenges.

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New York state’s positivity rate for the coronavirus jumped to 8.3%, according to the latest numbers released Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The news comes as the state continues its vaccine rollout and the governor is withholding scheduled pay raises for all state elected officials.

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Western New York had the highest positivity rate in the state just a month ago. On Monday, the region was the fourth lowest.

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New York lawmakers plan to convene remotely for a special session Monday to pass a bill extending the state's ban on residential evictions past its Jan. 1 deadline.

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