Lawmakers

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New York State lawmakers have agreed upon a new $153 billion budget that is expected to be approved next week.

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The new fiscal year began today for the State of New York, and for the first time under Governor Andrew Cuomo's leadership, the state budget will be late.

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It appears that state lawmakers have adjourned their business for the year.

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One of the first issues that lawmakers will contend with when they return to Albany next month will be the expansion of app-based transportation services.

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Lawmakers in New York State have taken a step toward making improper touching on public transportation a crime.

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A new and violent trend is making its appearance in Western New York.

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Erie County will be seeking approval of a significant loan this week.

County Comptroller David Shenk will present lawmakers with a request for $80 million to cover expenses connected with Erie County Medical Center. The county's mandated responsibility in covering costs associated with care for poor and uninsured patients through the hospital and its nursing facility are expected to be higher than estimated.

The borrowing is necessary as the bill will likely be due before the county's revenue sources arrive.