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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed legislation that could create more than 2,000 new local government entities to accept charitable donations from residents who want to try to get around limits on state and local taxes in the new federal tax law. New York’s 2,287 school districts, counties, towns, cities and villages each would be able to establish their own new…

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ALBANY – There have been a lot of odd moments in the corruption trial of Joseph Percoco and three others over the past four weeks. The best entry from Wednesday, arguably, was the “Herb” moment. But, some backdrop. There have been no more weird moments in the trial than the arrest last week of Todd Howe, the prosecution’s chief witness who has been locked up in a …

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ALBANY – On the eve of the Presidents Day holiday, Barack Obama ranks highest among New Yorkers when asked to name their favorite living current or former president, a new poll out today shows. In blue state New York, it’s perhaps not quite a surprise that Obama has a 67 percent favorability rating. But he’s trailed in second place by Republican George H.W. Bush, who…

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ALBANY – State Senate Republicans want to sharply amend Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget plans by cutting taxes instead of raising them, and on Tuesday proposed eliminating a key economic development program touted by the governor. “We are the only people in Albany talking about reducing taxes,’’ Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said at an event surrounded by some of his …

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ALBANY – The Cuomo administration is proposing several major changes in the state’s decades-old tax code as a way to lessen the impact for some New Yorkers who face financial hits under the federal government’s new tax law. “We’re going to do whatever is necessary to protect New Yorkers,’’ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's budget director Robert Mujica said during a briefing Monda…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s favorability and job performance ratings have fallen in a new poll, taken after Cuomo last month proposed a state budget plan with big tax hikes and the start of a high-profile corruption trial involving one of the governor’s most trusted former advisers. Like his favorability and job rating numbers, Cuomo’s re-election rating also droppe…

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ALBANY – Prosecutors may have locked up their own star witness in the Joseph Percoco corruption trial, but they still want him to look good when he resumes his testimony in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday morning. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman on Saturday wrote to a judge presiding over the trial asking that she tell jurors that Todd Howe, a former lobbyist, has been in…

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ALBANY – In an explosive development in the Joseph Percoco corruption trial, the prosecution’s star witness has been arrested for violating a cooperation agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office. Todd Howe, a former lobbyist and longtime associate of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was remanded for violating his bail condition, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manha…

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ALBANY – It’s semi-official: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul want to stay together. A few weeks after Hochul, a Democrat from Buffalo, said she fully intends to run again this November with Cuomo at the top of the ticket, Cuomo on Thursday said he hopes that happens again. “I would very much like her to be on the ticket … She is my choice for lieutenant g…

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ALBANY – In an election year, a number of state legislators already are not happy with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to raise taxes on New Yorkers by at least $1 billion. On Thursday, they expressed no shortage of concerns over another plan the governor is eyeing: lowering the salaries of hundreds of thousands of residents, or more, in order to help employers fund a shift…

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NEW YORK – If they hadn’t heard about it before, jurors in the Joseph Percoco trial received a briefing Tuesday of the much-criticized system by which state politicians fill their campaign accounts with donations from people with business before state government. But, as U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni advised jurors before evidence about donations to Gov. And…

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NEW YORK – A former government and campaign adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo testified Monday he participated in an alleged bribery scheme with one of Cuomo’s closest associates to help his private sector clients get favorable attention in the governor’s administration. Todd Howe, a fixture in Cuomo’s life since the mid-1980s, said he funneled “ziti” – a code name they u…

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NEW YORK – It's still an open question yet whether Joe Percoco engaged in a bribery scheme to steer money his way from executives who he helped with business pending before the Cuomo administration. But as his corruption trial continues in a Manhattan courtroom, what has come into focus via emails, photographs and other evidence submitted by prosecutors, along with test…

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NEW YORK – In another state, it might have been a surreal moment. But New York has grown so accustomed to allegations of wrongdoing by officials that seeing two of the most high-profile public corruption defendants nearly collide with each other in the same Manhattan courthouse was, perhaps, almost routine. Joseph Percoco, the former senior aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuo…

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NEW YORK — A key witness in the corruption trial of a longtime aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is on the list of witnesses ready to be called to testify Thursday in a Manhattan federal courtroom. Todd Howe, a former lobbyist with his own ties to Cuomo, was named with two other new witnesses who prosecutors said they could call Thursday against Joseph Percoco, one of four d…