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Two lawmakers from Erie County want the State Legislature to do something it has never done since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took office in 2011: override one of his vetoes. And it looks like it will be a heavy lift to override the Wednesday night veto of legislation that would have prevented the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center from moving from a sprawling rura…

ALBANY – It was a busy, late night for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Sometime before midnight Wednesday, Cuomo vetoed 31 pieces of legislation touching on everything from electronic cigarette laws to state recognition of a Long Island Indian tribe. In Western New York, the veto capturing the most attention was Cuomo’s decision to reject a bill to keep open the West Senec…

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ALBANY – Sen. Patrick Gallivan and Assemblyman Michael Kearns say they will ask their colleagues to override Gov. Andrew Cuomo's veto of a bill that would have kept the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center operating in West Seneca. Cuomo late Wednesday vetoed the legislation and said the state will proceed with opening a replacement facility in Buffalo. …

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ALBANY – Is this a real effort this time? That’s the main question lingering as party leaders try to unite the warring Democratic state senators again and oust Republicans from control of the 63-member Senate. Democratic insiders – including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, the state Democratic Party chairman – warned the eight members of the Independent Democratic…

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ALBANY – David Sweat, the prison escapee who led police on a weeks' long search through the Adirondacks two years ago, has been transferred to Attica prison. The transfer of Sweat from a maximum security prison in Seneca County to Attica, which occurred last Friday, was characterized as routine. “Based on biannual reviews, which include looking at concerns li…

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ALBANY – New York and Canada have had some high-profile disputes this decade over Peace Bridge project, and dairy exports into Canada and Quebec. Now, add iron and steel to the list. Legislation passed in June adds “Buy American” provisions for bridge and road projects in the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wanted an even tougher provision, supported the legisla…

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ALBANY – A woman making sexual harassment and assault allegations against former Cuomo administration economic official Sam Hoyt stopped speaking with state investigators when she felt the inquiries would not be fair, her lawyer said Monday. Paul Liggieri, a Manhattan lawyer representing Lisa Marie Cater of Buffalo in a newly filed federal lawsuit, conceded Monday tha…

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ALBANY – The Buffalo  woman who recently told her story of being sexually harassed by Sam Hoyt, a former state lawmaker and top economic adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has filed a federal lawsuit against Hoyt for engaging in a “pattern of committing sexual harassment, assault, discrimination and retaliation” against her. Lisa Marie Cater, who previously talked to …

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ALBANY – A once-influential Cheektowaga Democratic Party insider who had close ties to political operative Steve Pigeon was sentenced Thursday to a conditional discharge and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine in an election law violation case. Frank C. Max, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts, was sentenced by Albany City Judge Joshua Farrell on c…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo spent Tuesday traveling between San Francisco and Los Angeles, raising money for his gubernatorial campaign fund and, presumably, stirring the waters a bit more about a possible 2020 White House run. How much Cuomo raised was not revealed by his campaign. Cuomo left sometime Monday evening and was due back Tuesday night. Cuomo was expe…

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ALBANY – A Western New York Republican lawmaker tangled Monday with the state’s economic development czar over the level of credit taken by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s in the Buffalo area’s employment health. The exchange at a legislative hearing between Assemblyman Raymond Walter, an Amherst Republican, and Howard Zemsky, a Buffalo businessman, came weeks after the …

ALBANY – A Hudson Valley Republican is the first out of the gate taking a formal step to a run for governor in 2018. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro on Wednesday filed paperwork with the state elections board creating an account to raise money for next year’s gubernatorial campaign. The Republican has been traveling the state for some time and earlier this w…

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ALBANY – If there is a single item on the statewide ballot on Nov. 7 that is 100 percent certain to pass, it’s Proposal 2. After nearly a generation of relentless headlines about corruption cases in Albany, voters are being asked if they want to strip pensions from state and local government officials who commit felonies related to their work. The proposed change…

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ALBANY – No more elephants in circuses and parades. Legislation that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed Thursday forbids their use in those and other entertainment events. The prohibition does not kick in for two years. “Once again, New York State is proving to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves,’’ said state Sen. Terrence Murphy, a Westchester Co…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in recent weeks has talked up the possible need for a special session of the Legislature to deal with such issues as federal funding cuts and additional bailout funds for victims of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River flooding. Assembly Democrats returned to Albany Tuesday to huddle in a private conference to discuss a range of issues com…