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The State Assembly approved the new state budget Saturday. State Senators will convene at 5:00 Sunday afternoon to vote on budget bills.

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A commission is considering granting as much as a 47 percent pay raise for state lawmakers, and the proposal is generating some backlash, including from Governor Andrew Cuomo.


The newly approved state budget includes a minimum wage increase that is the result of several compromises.


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The attorney representing a local New York State Assemblywoman issued a written response on her behalf Thursday to the sanctions placed on her following a sexual harassment complaint filed by a top aide.

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State Assemblyman Sean Ryan said he he's not surprised Sheldon Silver has been found guilty of using the power of his office to earn nearly $5 million illegally. Ryan, an attorney, told WBFO he read the criminal complaint lodged against the former Assembly speaker before the trial began.

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says there is no tolerance for anyone who doesn’t follow Governor Andrew Cuomo’s high code of ethics, and that includes officials at the State Thruway Authority.

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Democrats are fighting over State Legislature seats in Buffalo. The candidates debated Tuesday night in the Burchfield Penney Art Center during an event sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.

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The race for the State Assembly seat formerly held by Dennis Gabryszak has its first contender. Angela Wozniak, a Cheektowaga town councilwoman, declared her Republican candidacy Wednesday.

Assembly passes Dream Act

Feb 26, 2014
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Assembly Democrats on Tuesday passed a one-house version of the Dream Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit.

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Cheektowaga Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak has been accused of sexual harassment by a group of former female staff members.

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Advocates and opponents of legalizing medical marijuana turned out for a state Assembly hearing Thursday in Buffalo City Hall.

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A bill that could bring the dissolution of the bi-national Peace Bridge Authority one step closer has passed through the state Assembly. The legislation now goes to the state Senate with little more than a week left in the legislative session.

The state legislature  finished voting just before midnight Thursday on the state budget. Final passage is occurring one week past lawmakers’ s self imposed deadline, but three days before  the spending plan was due to be finished.

Increased preservation tax credit closer to law

Jun 19, 2012

The State Assembly has passed legislation that increases the tax credit for historic preservation projects. 

The bill, co-sponsored by Assemblyman Sean Ryan, raises the available credit from $5 million to $12 million. 

The credit has been used successfully to restore and renovate older buildings, like the Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo.  Supporters say increasing it will create greater incentive for developers to bring aging structures back to life. 

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There is now a Democratic primary for the 144th State Assembly District seat held by Sean Ryan as activist Kevin Gaughan on Tuesday began circulating petitions for a race.

Gaughan and aides were on Lexington Avenue in Buffalo and on Coachman's Lane in Hamburg looking for some of the 500 signatures he needs to be on the ballot.

This was the district formerly held by Sam Hoyt. It has since been changed significantly to include Lackawanna and Hamburg after the 2010 Census.

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The State Assembly has introduced a bill to permit for the first time in New York voluntary public financing of some election campaigns. 

The Assembly bill would offer an optional public financing system for campaigns for state legislative and statewide offices, giving candidates six dollars for every one dollar in contributions. It would be financed, in part, through a $5 check off option on state income taxes.  

Bill Mahoney, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, says it’s a “good first step”.