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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Wednesday clearing away legal hurdles that could have prevented state prosecutions of people pardoned by President Donald Trump for federal crimes.

Supporters of the new law, including newly empowered Democrats elected last year, said New York’s broad double jeopardy law didn’t explicitly give state prosecutors a green light to bring charges when a defendant has received a federal pardon. The law says a presidential pardon wouldn’t be sufficient for a member of a president’s family or close associate.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being criticized for using a racial slur for African Americans while discussing historical discrimination toward dark-skinned Italian immigrants. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state will be suing the International Joint Commission for failing to properly manage water levels on Lake Ontario.

The governor addressed reporters and local public officials on the deck of Silk O’Loughlin’s in Irondequoit, overlooking the water.

"The facts of the matter are plain and simple," Cuomo said. "The IJC's function is to manage the lake level. That is their job, to manage the lake level. They have failed to manage the lake level. Period."

The New York State Health Department has decided to put off a ban on menthol-flavored nicotine vaping products until a court case challenging an earlier ban on other flavored e-cigarettes is resolved. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a measure to prohibit the performance of pelvic exams without informed consent on patients under anesthesia or unconscious.

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New York's Medicaid budget is growing at a faster rate than the state can currently afford. That comes as a published report alleges a potential pay-to-play arrangement between a large hospital association and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2018 re-election campaign.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state figures Wednesday that show the number of new HIV diagnoses has dropped to a new low since the peak of the epidemic.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced some changes this week to his plan to build back the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul could win the congressional seat Chris Collins resigned on Monday. Hochul said she agrees—but she’s still not going to run.


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A legal challenge to a provision of the 2017 federal tax reform law that capped state and local tax deductions at $10,000 has been dismissed by a federal court.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the State Police to increase their presence near synagogues and religious centers during the upcoming Jewish High Holidays.

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New York’s ban on flavored electronic cigarettes could soon be extended to menthol e-cigarettes. 

New York State is relaxing party enrollment deadlines to make it easier to cast a ballot in primary elections.

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Owners of existing clean energy power plants in New York say they’d like the same support from the state for their businesses that new ones get. 

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New York State has expanded the statute of limitations for second and third-degree rape. The time allowed to report the crime is not unlimited, as with first degree rape, but prevention advocates are hopeful the new legislation will increase reporting rates and, in turn, convictions.

A spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that a plan to charge up to $45 to replace license plates more than 10 years old is no longer going forward.


There’s new scrutiny on vaping products of all kinds, as the number of New Yorkers sickened with a disease that is so far related to some black-market marijuana vaping products has now risen to 60. Hundreds of people across the United States have been sickened, and six have died.


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Struggling to fundraise and lagging in the polls, New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand suspended her 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday evening. She closed her run Wednesday with a campaign video, as it became clear she would be left out of the next debates.

Gillibrand announced herself as a Democratic presidential hopeful to a national audience in January on the “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.

The next day, New York’s junior Senator took her message to a diner in Brunswick near her home in Rensselaer County.

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The decrepit five miles of the New York State Thruway through Seneca Nation land is turning into a political free-for-all, with no immediate prospects the road will be repaired. The road is so bad, the speed limit is down to 45 mph.

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A former teacher at the now-closed Immaculata Academy in Hamburg, who is also a former mayor of Blasdell, has been named in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed on behalf of three women now in their 50s. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with Attorney Dan Chiacchia, representing the women who attended Immaculata when they say the abuse by teacher Michael McGuire took place.


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The head of the state’s Republican Party said there is no need to require New Yorkers to buy new license plates beginning in 2020, if their current plates are still readable and in good condition.

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New York State is launching a statewide survey to pick a new license plate design. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the survey on Monday. His website will allow New Yorkers to choose among five proposed designs.

After economic development corruption scandals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli have finalized a plan to restore the comptroller's auditing powers over economic development contracts.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the nomination of Eric Gertler to serve as president and CEO of Empire State Development. Gertler is executive chairman of U.S. News & World Report and has been on the board of ESD since June 2018. The attorney will assume his new role in September and outgoing CEO Howard Zemsky will maintain his position as chair of the state's economic development agency.

New York health officials have issued emergency regulations restricting medical exemptions from vaccination for children attending school or child care.

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A new poll shows voters have mixed opinions about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 


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For five miles across the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Territory, the New York State Thruway paving is so bad the Thruway Authority had put up "rough road" signs. Three politicians are charging Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being political in his dealings with the Seneca Nation, leaving the road in bad shape.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday approved a law allowing victims of sexual offenses, stalking and human trafficking to hide their address from offenders.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a measure expanding the number of public officials who can break into a vehicle to rescue an endangered pet from an extremely hot or cold car.

Until now, only the police could escape liability for damaging a vehicle in order to rescue a pet. The new law says firefighters and emergency medical professionals will not be liable when they help a pet.

The new law is intended to speed up the rescue of pets since potential rescuers such as firefighters and EMTs will not have to wait for the police to arrive.

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New York has banned the manufacture, sale and possession of 3D-printed guns and other types of undetectable firearms under a measure signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who also signed new rules for the safe storage of firearms in homes with children.

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