Steve Hawley

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

The New York State legislature is approving new protections for farmworkers that supporters say are long overdue. The measures give farmworkers the right to receive overtime pay of one-and-a-half times their regular wages after they have worked more than 60 hours in a week.

A State Assemblyman representing parts of Western New York wants to allow voters the chance to answer one simple question: should New York be divided into two entities? But even the lawmaker admits pursuing a split of upstate and downstate would be complex and one business leader in Buffalo suggests discussion of division is not the best way to address differences.

The State Assembly has passed legislation that would strip taxpayer-funded pensions from public officers convicted of corruption, as well as a resolution aimed at preventing conflicts of interest with regard to legislators' outside income.

Angelo Morinello

Angelo Morinello, who defeated three-term incumbent John Ceretto, took his oath of office Tuesday as the new representative of the New York State Assembly's 145th District. He was joined by another new Niagara County Assemblymember, Mike Norris of Lockport.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Reform advocates, most voters and Governor Andrew Cuomo want to help clean up scandal-scarred Albany by prohibiting the state's 213 legislators from making serious money on the side.  But the most recent financial filings show most lawmakers already get by without substantial outside income.

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The massive Muller Quaker yogurt plant in Batavia has apparently been sold and has shut down.