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ALBANY – The top Republican in state government says New York stands poised to benefit from President-elect Donald Trump's ascendancy to the White House. “President-elect Trump is actually a born and bred New Yorker, and that’s something we should be focusing on,’’ said Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican who is in Washington with ot…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in his new state budget dubbed them “loophole closures,” “reforms” and “modernizations.” Others call them tax increases. And, like governors before him, Cuomo is relying on hundreds of millions of dollars to help him balance his 2017 budget and pay for spending increases he wants lawmakers to embrace. Add in his call to …

ALBANY – Will the rich have to pony up more taxes than they were expecting to pay this year in order to help New York State balance its budget? That will be among the thorny subjects for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature to negotiate in the coming months. Cuomo proposes a continuation of the current “millionaires’ tax,’’ which was first imposed during a…

ALBANY – The 2017 state budget, facing a multi-billion dollar deficit, will still provide at least a 4 percent hike in state aid to public schools, free public college tuition for some New Yorkers and big borrowing for infrastructure projects, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed Tuesday. Helping to pay for all the added spending: millionaires who will see the continuation o…

ALBANY – Former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa is getting into New York’s ride-hailing debate, urging his fellow Democrat, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, to require companies like Uber and Lyft to make a portion of their fleet accessible to people in wheelchairs. Harkin, one of the main authors of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, said transportation gains disabled peo…

ALBANY – Some state lawmakers privately grumbled when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled his Buffalo Billion program five years ago, but they ended up giving the governor everything he wanted. It’s not 2012 any longer. Cuomo faces a bumpier ride getting approval for his second phase of the Buffalo Billion – $500 million for several projects. “Oh, there’s no …

ALBANY – Just two days after a state helicopter ferrying Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s was forced to make an emergency landing, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Friday gave his permission for the State Police to use a no bid process to purchase a new, $12.5 million helicopter. DiNapoli's green light paves the way to purchase a more modern helicopter but it is not the final OK.…

ALBANY – A State Police helicopter transporting Gov. Andrew Cuomo made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon while the governor was flying between Albany and Manhattan. There were no injuries. The governor uses a Bell 430 helicopter that was purchased during the Pataki administration. The incident occurred just before 4 p.m., said Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzo…

ALBANY – The state will establish a new cost-control system to stop some “unconscionable” drug companies from gouging consumers with high prescription drug prices, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday. In his sixth -- and final -- State of the State address, Cuomo said he will propose in his upcoming budget the creation of a state review board to establish a “fai…

ALBANY – New York should should join the “Buy American” campaign already embraced by organized labor and President-elect Donald Trump, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today. In Syracuse this morning for his fifth State of the State speech this week, Cuomo said he will advance a plan to require state agencies give a preference to American-made products and goods in contract…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo threw up his hands Tuesday and said he has done “everything I can” to reduce high property taxes across New York State. Now, Cuomo said, it is up to voters. Cuomo, in his third and fourth stops this week across the state to give his annual State of the State speech, proposed a plan that would put the onus on county executives or co…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo threw up his hands Tuesday and said he has done “everything I can” to reduce high property taxes across New York State. Now, Cuomo said, it is up to voters. Cuomo, in his third and fourth stops this week around the state to give his annual State of the State speech, proposed a plan that would put the onus on county executives or co…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday he will push to spend $500 million on a second round of the Buffalo Billion program. The money would help fund an extension of the light rail system to Amherst, the purchase of idle land in downtown Niagara Falls and turning some of the former Bethlehem Steel plant property into an industrial park for advanced manufacturing. [Gallery…

ALBANY – As Republicans assume power across the branches in Washington, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday sought to grab the liberal mantle, arguing that New York State will offer the pushback to efforts that he argues are challenging “American freedom.’’ “Our progressive philosophy … it’s all being questioned, blamed and attacked,’’ Cuomo said this…

ALBANY – State lawmakers with backgrounds in law enforcement and representatives from police agencies across the state on Monday will call on the state Parole Board to block Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to commute the murder and robbery sentence of former Weather Underground member Judith Clark. Clark was the driver of the getaway car in the 1981 Brinks armore…