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The growing calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment and a nursing home scandal have focused attention on the state’s second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

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One day after a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo “aggressively groped” a female aide when she was summoned to the executive mansion, more state lawmakers are putting pressure on the governor to resign, or to at least step aside while the charges are investigated. The incident also has been referred to the Albany Police Department, according to the New York Times.

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Bob Duffy, the former lieutenant governor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said Thursday that during his time in office he never heard of any complaints of sexual harassment or inappropriate workplace behavior being leveled against the governor like those that have surfaced in recent weeks.

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Calls are growing for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign in light of allegations of sexual harassment and a cover-up of nursing home deaths. Now New York Republicans are preparing for that possibility and trying to put the microscope on the person who would succeed Cuomo: the lieutenant governor and Buffalo native Kathy Hochul.


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A sixth woman has come forward and accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of misconduct. The Albany Times Union reports that the woman says Cuomo inappropriately touched her when she was summoned to the executive mansion for a work assignment.

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People are apparently traveling long distances to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told his briefing Wednesday that some have gone from Buffalo to Rochester.

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A mass COVID-19 vaccination site is now active on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus, one of three New York state-run sites to open on Tuesday. However, questions remain about how many doses and appointments the site can handle, as the state struggles to meet vaccine demand with a declining supply of doses from the federal government.


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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.

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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With Thanksgiving about a month away, and neighboring states now joining many more on New York's travel advisory list, health experts and leaders admit this year may not be one for large gatherings around the table for many families.

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State leaders gathered in Lackawanna Tuesday to announce a court-backed plan in which the owners of former Bethlehem Steel land in Lackawanna will spend at least $35 million to remediate 489 acres for future new uses.

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A new law prohibiting businesses in New York from gender-based pricing, often referred to as a “pink tax,” goes into effect today.

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New York State is distributing $9 million dollars to 66 organizations that host in-demand job skills training. State government representatives appeared Tuesday at Erie 1 BOCES, one of the recipients, to announce the Workforce Development Initiative funding. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo dismissed rumors Tuesday that Halloween trick-or-treating might be canceled next month due to the pandemic, declaring he has no intention of preventing kids from making their annual door-to-door quest for candy.

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The start of the school year has brought about questions regarding the capability of districts in tracking COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools. 

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The most recent COVID numbers highlight a troubling infection trend in this region. On Saturday, the positive rate was 1.6%, more than twice as high as the state's overall rate. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul believes the eight testing sites set up in this area by the state will work to get things under control. 


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New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is pushing for more help for child care, as resources for parents dwindle during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview for public radio and television, WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt spoke to Hochul, who said the child care crisis existed before the virus struck and has affected her personally.

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A pardon from President Donald Trump on Tuesday on behalf of famed suffragist Susan B. Anthony is being criticized in the city where she lived for many years.

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For city leaders, Buffalo hosting a major league baseball game Tuesday evening fulfills a long-ago dream by those who once sought a franchise for the city. For state leaders, having the Toronto Blue Jays call Buffalo home for the 2020 season is a show of how far New York has come in lowering its COVID curve.

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Some of the first pieces of timber to the Key Bank Roundhouse which will house an historic carousel at Canalside were added today. The building will sit on the central wharf area of Canalside, and is being funded by a $5.3 million dollar public-private partnership.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is soliciting bids for large-scale renewable energy projects as part of his administration’s aggressive plan to combat climate change. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted it is "the largest ever combined solicitations for renewable energy ever issued in the U.S."

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul held the first of several planned regional "Build Back Better" roundtable meetings Tuesday morning in Niagara Falls. Local tourism and hospitality leaders sat in on what Hochul referred to as a "dream team" to discuss how the region's attractions have prepared, reopened and conducted business amid a continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

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This weekend marked the annual Convention Days in Seneca Falls, which highlights the Women’s Rights Convention held in that community in 1848.

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A young additive manufacturing company based in Tonawanda welcomed Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul to their facility Monday, to show her an operation which is making personal protective equipment that's being used by many first responders serving on the front lines of the COVID pandemic.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that malls in New York State will be allowed to reopen as soon as Friday, with restrictions mainly levied against their HVAC systems.

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As the five counties of Western New York enter Phase Four of reopening Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was again urging the public to keep respecting practices including wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing in order to prevent a new rise in COVID cases. On Monday, she was joined by experts from the Jacobs School of Medicine at the University at Buffalo who also called for continued caution.

Phase Four of the New York State's gradual economic reopening strategy got underway Friday in three counties east of Buffalo. But plans to leave out some popular institutions have renewed complaints and calls to the Cuomo Administration to reconsider.

A 14-day quarantine for travelers entering New York from certain other states took effect early Thursday morning. The New York State Health Department has posted guidelines. In the meantime, pushback from lawmakers includes a mix of understanding for public health safety but also concern for potential constitutional and commerce issues.

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A U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday saying federal law bars discrimination against LGBTQ people drew praise from Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

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If you looked carefully Monday at the casually dressed people sitting at a bright yellow table outside Tappo restaurant on Chandler Street in Buffalo, you may have recognized the woman in the red blazer and sunglasses. It was Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and husband Bill enjoying the outdoor dining on the last day before Phase Three begins.

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