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Keeping plastic bags out of landfills and the environment is the goal of New York State’s ban of the bags in grocery stores, but Foodlink’s CEO Julia Tedesco said there could be other consequences.

The leader of the New York State Senate said it's likely that changes will soon be made to the state's new bail reform laws, which end most forms of cash bail for nonviolent offenses. Meanwhile, the state's chief judge also called for amendments to the laws.


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Some convenience store owners in New York State are worried about the new plastic bag ban going into effect this weekend. Their concerns are over the possible cost increase and limited availability of paper bags, as stores make the switch.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Jewish Community Centers in New York State were threatened over the weekend. While law enforcement investigate, he is pushing back against anti-Semitism with new legislation and education for kids about the ills of discrimination.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that as New York prepares to make adult recreational marijuana use legal, he plans to soon visit states where marijuana is legal to get some tips on what did and did not work for them.

ICE chief slams New York's Green Light Law

Feb 21, 2020
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The acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a stop in the Capital Region today to take a stand against a New York law that prevents immigration officers from accessing state motor vehicle information. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed the press conference as political theater.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with President Donald Trump on Thursday at the White House over the federal Homeland Security agency’s decision to stop enrolling New Yorkers in the Trusted Travel programs.

The programs, including Global Entry and NEXUS, expedite border crossings to Canada and Mexico and re-entry to the U.S. from abroad.

The Trump administration says New York jeopardized the safety of the programs because the state closed off access to its DMV database after approving a law to allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet with President Donald Trump Thursday to discuss their feud over the Green Light Law and the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP).  


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Governor Andrew Cuomo is once again condemning hate crimes and discriminatory policies targeting gay, lesbian and transgendered people. He made the comments during an address Saturday night at the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala in New York City.

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Early childhood therapists in New York can soon return to giving treatment to children in licensed childcare centers without supervision from staff.

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There is a push to make counties in upstate New York into second amendment sanctuaries. It is the result of unrest over state gun laws.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a $178 billion budget proposal this week alongside a host of laws he wants to pass — from allowing e-bikes to a ban on single-use Styrofoam containers.

NYS Fair expanding to 18 days this year

Jan 23, 2020
Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

Get ready for a longer New York State Fair this summer. This year's state fair will be extended from 13 to 18 days. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the proposal as part of his annual budget message this week, Fair Director Troy Waffner was already at work.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a $178.6 billion budget proposal Tuesday. In it, he detailed plans of how to deal with a $6 billion budget deficit largely caused by increased costs for Medicaid, as well as plans to legalize the adult recreational use of cannabis in New York.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting some good news, as he prepares to release his 2020 state budget. The latest polling numbers from Siena College show Cuomo's favorability rating got a slight boost, while his job performance got an even bigger boost.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ready to release his state budget plan on Tuesday, and public school spending will likely once again be an area of contention, as the state faces a $6 billion budget gap.

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The New York Counts 2020 Coalition, which is made up of a large number of community-based organizations across the state, is preparing New Yorkers with the plans they need to ensure an accurate count of the population is made for the 2020 census. Several challenges face organizers this year, including a citizenship question, which was blocked by federal judges last year.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo releases his state budget plan Tuesday afternoon, and he’s expected to detail how he will close a $6 billion budget gap. With resistance in the State Legislature to new taxes and spending cuts, the governor may have to get creative to thread that needle.

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For the first time in 84 years, adopted people born in New York state have access to their original birth certificates. A new law to unseal those records went into effect on Wednesday.

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A report by the state Comptroller finds that New York ranks number one in being shortchanged in tax money from the federal government.

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Immigration advocates gathered Tuesday in Albany to urge state lawmakers to pass a bill that would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making arrests in and around local and state courthouses.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his tenth State of the State address Wednesday in Albany. WBFO reporters took in-depth look at what the governor and others are saying about some key challenges the state faces at the start of a new decade.

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New York lawmakers are set to return to Albany this week for the start of the new legislative session, and a second year of near-total control of state government by Democrats.

During last year’s session, Democrats — who wrested control of the state Senate from Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections — passed a tsunami of bills long desired by liberals. This year, they are set to tackle complicated and weedy topics that have yet to pass, including paid surrogacy, aid-in-dying and a single-payer health care system.

Governor announces another $45M to fight hate crimes

Jan 6, 2020
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced an additional $45 million to help protect New York's religious-based institutions. It came after throngs of demonstrators streamed across the Brooklyn Bridge in a solidarity march against anti-Semitism and all acts of hate.

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A coalition of New York State dairy and vegetable farmers has filed a federal lawsuit to temporarily halt a new farm labor act set to take effect on New Year's Day.

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Starting Jan. 15, adoptees over the age of 18 in New York state will be able to access their birth certificate without a court order.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled another of his 2020 State of the State proposals. This time, he supports legislation that would ban flavored nicotine vaping products - including menthol - and vaping ads aimed at youth.

Updated 4:35 a.m. ET Monday

A man accused of stabbing and wounding five people at a rabbi's home in an Orthodox Jewish community in Rockland County, New York, just as they were lighting candles for Hanukkah, pleaded not guilty on Sunday to five counts of attempted murder.

Police have identified the alleged attacker as Grafton E. Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake, N.Y. He is currently in custody on attempted murder charges and one count of burglary.

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New York State Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum will be relieved of his judicial duties, less than two months after he was re-elected to a 2nd term in the 7th Judicial District, which includes Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties.

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Beginning Jan. 1, some criminal justice law changes take effect in New York that have divided defendants' rights advocates and law enforcement groups.


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