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State Senator Robert Ortt believes if New York State wants to roll out a newly-designed license plate, motorists shouldn't be forced to pay to replace their current plates. On Friday, he introduced legislation that would waive that fee, while also questioning the inclusion of one particular proposed design.

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A plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to require motorists to pay a $25 fee to replace aging license plates is getting some resistance. But the governor said it’s needed to comply with new cashless scanners being set up on toll roads and bridges all over the state.


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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.

The first meeting of the commission created to devise a public campaign finance system for New York's political races is scheduled for Wednesday. Advocates hope the commission, which has been slow to start, will start taking steps toward a final report due in December.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont went fishing on Lake Ontario Tuesday for their first official meeting. After showing off a pair of steelhead trout, Cuomo also took questions from reporters on a wide range of issues.

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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While "aging in place" is an appealing option over life in a nursing facility, Assemblymember Monica Wallace believes there  is a lack of infrastructure to properly support that hopeful trend.  "Perhaps, they can't drive anymore and let's admit it, in Buffalo you really need a car to get around," Wallace offered as an example. A member of the Assembly Committee on Aging, Wallace says life at home for many seniors is difficult without appropriate support.

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A major figure in New York’s labor movement, Danny Donohue, is leaving his job next year, after a quarter century leading the state’s largest public workers union, the Civil Service Employees Association. Karen DeWitt sat down with Donohue to talk about, among other things, his relationship with several New York governors, including the rocky start the union had with the current governor, Andrew Cuomo.


Sen. Rob Ortt

Former North Tonawanda mayor and current state Sen. Robert Ortt  has announced his candidacy for the 27th Congressional district seat.

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The New York state ethics commission has settled with a former assemblymember and a former senate staffer in two cases involving sexual harassment.

New York’s senior U.S. senator said that he will push for legislation in the upcoming federal budget to provide funds for local boards of elections to harden their security against potential threats by foreign governments.


There might be two familiar faces dueling across the 27th Congressional District next year, with Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray saying he will take a run for the heavily-Republican and conservative congressional seat.


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In the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio over the weekend, there’s been renewed discussion about states and even the federal government adopting what’s known as red flag laws, to get guns out of the hands of potential killers. New York’s red flag law was approved last winter and takes effect later this month.


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.


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Federal prosecutors in New York have dropped some charges against Congressman Chris Collins who was indicted last year in a federal insider trading case.

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


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on Congress to take immediate action on gun control in the wake of the El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio mass shootings over the weekend.


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Tallies by the Associated Press and National Public Radio indicate a majority of Democrats now favor the pursuit of a presidential impeachment inquiry. The question Buffalo-based Congressman Brian Higgins faced Friday was whether their Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, will feel compelled to act.

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Grand Island's Nate McMurray is positioning himself for another possible run for Congress.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

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.

As the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, prepares to leave office Friday in the face of massive public protest against his administration, the island's political leaders are scrambling to decide who should replace him.

Rosselló, who was ensnared in a scandal over the publication of leaked e-mails in which he and other government officials disparaged women and gay people, as well as victims of Hurricane Maria, said he would resign at 5 p.m. August 2.

A handshake deal between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to reinstate the comptroller’s powers to audit contracts in the wake of corruption scandals has stalled.


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The second night of the Democratic debates in Detroit did not stray from its predicted script: It was open season on front-runner Joe Biden right from the start.

But it was also something of a free-for-all, with every candidate for himself or herself. And the intensity and outcome of the exchanges may have come as a surprise to some of the people onstage.

Angela Hsieh / NPR

It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

Kyle S.Mackie / WBFO News

Buffalo's Republican State Sen. Chris Jacobs announced in May. Williamsville attorney Beth Parlato announced Monday. However, the primary for NY-27 is nearly a year away, so incumbent Chris Collins said Tuesday he is "in no hurry" to decide on another run.

Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Detroit was widely expected to pit the two leading progressives in the field against each other. Instead, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts had each other's backs in fending off the other eight aspirants onstage.

They gave as good as they got, and emerged at least as strong as either was going in. That was particularly good news for Sanders, who had been perceived as ceding ground to Warren in recent months.

Angela Hsieh / NPR

It's Night 1 of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a bill into law that further decriminalizes marijuana possession in New York state. The law ends criminal prosecution for possession of up to 2 ounces of cannabis.


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Family law attorney and former judge Beth Parlato has announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination in New York's 27th Congressional District.

Political parties that represent the left and the right of New York’s political spectrum have joined in a common interest, and filed lawsuits against a new commission that might curtail their rights to cross endorse political candidates. And though the two parties in some cases hold diametrically opposing views on policy, they share a belief that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to get rid of the practice as part of a political vendetta. 


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