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New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is visiting Western New York this week. One of his stops Tuesday afternoon was New Era Field.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is continuing to offer his views in the national debate about gun control. He's asking Democratic presidential candidates to endorse four gun control measures previously adopted in New York.


Now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have conceded defeat in their effort to legalize adult recreational marijuana, they have agreed to further decriminalize the drug.


Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Hundreds of tenants’ rights protesters at the New York State Capitol on Tuesday blocked the entrances to the Senate and Assembly chambers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, as they demanded the 2019 session not end until there is reform of the rent laws.

The groups achieved some results: Senate Democrats announced they have agreed to the measures pushed by the groups.

Legislative leaders have announced an agreement in principle on nine bills that they say will extend and strengthen New York City’s rent laws. It’s part of an effort to get a number of bills passed before adjournment later in June.


A bill that would create a back door method to release President Donald Trump’s taxes is moving through the State Senate and could be voted on as early as next week.


Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Democrats in the state Assembly say they plan to move ahead with a bill to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in New York. However, the Assembly speaker said he wants to educate people about the benefits of the measure first.

Public campaign financing could be coming to New York by the end of this year, now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature have created a commission to come up with a plan.


Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The new state budget, due April 1, will be first one decided by an all-Democratic state legislature in a decade, after Republicans ruled the Senate for most of the past century. And while the leadership of the Senate and Assembly have been newly reasserting their governing powers, when it comes to the spending plan, there’s only so far that they can go in their disagreements with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Zach Hirsch

The chance to include the legalization of adult recreational marijuana in the state budget is fading, now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to be backing away from the proposal.


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With only a couple of weeks to go before the state budget is due and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature have a lot of decisions to make, including how much more to spend on schools and whether to impose new taxes on the wealthy. In an interview with public radio and TV, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie talked to Karen DeWitt about some related items that may or may not be part of the budget, including the public financing of political campaigns and the legalization of recreational marijuana. The deadline is April 1.

With three weeks to go until the April 1 budget deadline, and Governor Andrew Cuomo is drawing some lines in the sand on items he says need to be in the spending plan, like a permanent property tax cap. But Cuomo says a proposal to legalize the adult use of marijuana likely will not be finished in time.

The state Senate and Assembly are due to release their own versions of the state budget this week. They come as Gov. Andrew Cuomo is demanding that a number of unrelated provisions be included in the spending plan. Without them, he threatens, the budget could be late.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

It seems inevitable that New York state will legalize recreational marijuana sometime this year, now that the governor and leaders of the Legislature all agree that it should happen.

Karen DeWitt

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli delivered some bad news Monday — the state has a $2.3 billion budget deficit.

Karen DeWitt

The New York State legislature built on the state’s 2013 gun control laws Tuesday, and are passing  measures to extend the waiting period for background checks for some purchasers,  and forbidding teachers from bringing guns to school.

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The New York State Legislature has approved a measure known as the Dream Act that would offer college aid for children of undocumented immigrants. However, they stopped short of acting on a measure to offer driver’s licenses to immigrants in New York without documentation.

The New York State Legislature has announced it will hold hearings on Feb. 13 about sexual harassment in state government.

Democratic state legislators are beginning the new year with some resentment toward Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo over a deal that gives them a big raise — but comes with several strings attached.

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A government reform group has filed a lawsuit to stop a pay raise granted to state lawmakers by a compensation commission.

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State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s summer tour of New York brought him to Cheektowaga on Wednesday afternoon for a visit with one of the region’s high-tech employers.

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Less than a month after the legislative session officially ended, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been calling for the state Senate to come back and work on what he says is unfinished business.

Karen DeWitt

The New York State legislature chose Barbara Underwood, the acting Attorney General, to replace the former AG Eric Schneiderman for the remainder of the term, which ends December 31.

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Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he still needs to consult with the other legislative leaders before he can set a date to vote on a replacement for former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to serve out the remainder of the term, which ends Dec. 31.


New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced plans for an open interview process for the legislature to appoint a new state Attorney General, now that Eric Schneiderman has resigned over domestic violence allegations. 

New York State Attorney General's Office

Solicitor General Barbara Underwood became acting attorney general on Tuesday, taking over for the disgraced Eric Schneiderman, who resigned after a New Yorker article detailed four women who accused him of numerous instances of physical violence.


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Talks on the state budget were stalled just days before the March 30 deadline, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers continued negotiations. Groups pressing for additional issues that are in the governor’s budget plan still have not given up hope.


Matt Ryan

Things got heated on the New York State Senate floor this week over a debate on bills that majority party Republicans say will improve school safety. Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed its own set of gun control bills.


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On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the state Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.


Karen DeWitt

In the midst of a national debate on immigration, the New York State Assembly this week passed a bill to give children of undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for college.


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