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The New York Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that closes the "double jeopardy" loophole, permitting state authorities to prosecute someone who receives a pardon from the president. The vote was 90-52.

Top Democrats in the state framed the change as a way to stand up to President Trump by removing a shield that had protected defendants from being prosecuted twice for similar crimes and could have benefited those receiving pardons.

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New York lawmakers are taking a closer look at authorizing sports betting on smart phones and whether it would require a change to the state Constitution.

Perhaps before the end of the school year, those drivers who race around stopped school buses with the lights on will be on candid camera. The chairs of the two State Legislature Transportation committees have agreed on a bill to let school buses be equipped with cameras to monitor driver behavior and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will sign it.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to hammer the organization that controls water levels on Lake Ontario as water levels continue to rise.

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Howard Zemsky is heading back to the private sector after four years running New York's Empire State Development Corporation.

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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.

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With concerns about rising levels on Lake Ontario, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that he has directed state agencies to begin deploying resources to protect communities along the lakeshore.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed New York State Police to increase patrols around churches and houses of worship across the state in the wake of the bombings that killed nearly 300 people in Sri Lanka at churches and hotels. Hundreds more were injured.

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With less than a week to go to the state budget deadline, interest groups have converged on Albany, lobbying to get their measures included in the budget plan - and in some cases, to keep items out.

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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.

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Gambling casino companies are pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to allow them to open gaming centers in New York City as part of the new state budget. There are a number of obstacles to overcome, but the proposal may seem tempting to lawmakers, who are strapped for cash this year.

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New York State is considering providing medication-assisted treatment to all prison and jail inmates struggling with opioid addiction.

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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.

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.

More than a dozen student-athletes from three SUNY colleges have qualified to compete in the NCAA Division III national swimming and diving championships. There's just one problem. The games are being held in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a ban on New York State-sponsored non-essential travel to that state remains in effect. A local State Senator is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift that ban.

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A federal appeals court has ordered a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to report to prison next week.

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Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

Advocates for New Yorkers 60 years and older say millions more in state funding is needed to provide in-home services such as meal deliveries.

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Lawmakers in New York have voted to join 41 other states in criminalizing revenge porn.

Teachers and school administrators in New York State can now alert a judge about students who they worry could be a threat to themselves or others. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new anti-gun-violence measure into law Monday at a ceremony attended by survivors of gun violence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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New state legislation expanding benefits for New York crime victims is now in effect.

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More victims of sexual abuse will get a chance to tell their story, perhaps to a jury, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law Thursday.

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Claims of sexual harassment against the former regional president of Empire State Development Corporation have been dismissed by a Manhattan court.

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Buffalo has a new weapon against bad landlords and slumlords, a tool Albany has approved after years of efforts.


The New York State Senate has passed a bill to make the state’s eight-year-old property tax cap permanent. So far, the Assembly has not approved the measure.

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Leaders of several Buffalo-area municipalties joined State Senator Chris Jacobs in downtown Buffalo Friday, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse course and restore millions of dollars in direct funding that, they say, helps them keep balanced budgets while overcoming other fiscal challenges from Albany.


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New York State will soon join most other states in allowing voters to cast a ballot before election day.

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The New York State Legislature has approved a measure that ends a mandate that teacher evaluations be based on the results of their students’ standardized tests.

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As Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to present his 2019 State of the State Address Tuesday, Siena College is out with good news from eligible voters.

The Democratic-led New York State Legislature is set for a big week. Action is planned on Monday to implement early voting in the state and on Tuesday to grant more civil rights to transgender New Yorkers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also will release his budget proposal.

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