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ALBANY — The Cuomo administration, frustrated at the Seneca Nation’s decision to stop making casino revenue sharing payments, is threatening to permit a new, non-Native American gambling hall near the tribe's casino in downtown Niagara Falls. The state and Senecas have been at an impasse since the tribe earlier this year said it was halting payment of some $110 mil…

Carl Paladino was making headlines long before the current controversy that ended with New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia removing him from the Buffalo School Board on Thursday. Here's a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of Paladino's political career: April 5, 2010: Paladino, seeking to tap into the anger of Tea Party supporters an…

ALBANY – The ugly split among Democrats in the state Senate got even uglier this week, courtesy of comments by a billionaire hedge fund executive who has helped bankroll one of the sides in the nearly decade-long fight. The whole affair has left some Democrats and Republicans elbowing each other to see who could place greater distance from the controversy. It began…

ALBANY – Counties across nearly one-third of upstate as well as cities and school districts from Niagara Falls to Salamanca are financial losers in the battle between New York State and the Seneca Nation of Indians. At issue: revenue-sharing payments from the tribe’s three casinos. Four months after the Senecas announced they were stopping payments of slot machin…

ALBANY – Cynthia Nixon, former “Sex and the City” star, confirmed on national television Tuesday that she is getting encouragement to run a Democratic primary campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018. “I think there are a lot of people who would like me to run, and I think for a variety of reasons, but I think the number one is education,’’ Nixon said on t…

ALBANY – The Niagara Falls wastewater plant, home to last week’s discharge that turned parts of the lower Niagara River into a black and smelly mess, has been fined twice over the past decade for illegal levels of contaminants, including mercury. The state Department of Environmental Conservation entered into consent order with the Niagara Falls Water Board as recen…

ALBANY – The retrial of  Sheldon Silver will not take place anytime soon. A federal appeals panel has agreed to first let the former Assembly Speaker take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court before scheduling a retrial of his corruption case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit tossed out Silver’s 2015 conviction last month on charges that he used hi…

ALBANY – New York State in recent years pumped millions of dollars into economic development projects for Niagara Falls, all in an attempt to revitalize the city’s image. But there’s a new and very different image millions of news consumers around the world have gotten the past few days of Niagara Falls, such as the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail newspaper headline…

ALBANY – Despite the initial objection by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state elections board Wednesday agreed to send a slew of information about every registered voter in New York State to a presidential commission looking into possible voter fraud issues in last year’s elections. While Cuomo vowed in June that New York would not comply with a request for the voter infor…

ALBANY – A third site will be permitted to dispense medical marijuana in Erie County, with state officials Tuesday selecting a Syracuse company to open a facility in a former plumbing supply building on Seneca Street in Buffalo. Terradiol NY expects to begin selling medical marijuana to patients who qualify for the state program sometime in November in the old Seneca …

ALBANY — In Arizona, Google’s spinoff company is looking to enroll hundreds of people for free rides in self-driving vehicles. In California, 36 companies — including Intel, Toyota, Uber and Ford – have been approved over the past three years to conduct tests on autonomous vehicles. In Ohio, workers are laying fiber-optic cables and sensors on a 35-mile stret…

ALBANY – As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s point person for economic development in the region, Sam Hoyt is charged with growing private sector job opportunities throughout Western New York. In 2013, it appears he also had an additional task: letting Steve Pigeon, the longtime Democratic operative, know about job openings in state government. The jobs weren’t for Pigeo…

ALBANY – Defense lawyers again are the beneficiaries of Albany politicians' continuing run-ins with corruption accusations, new campaign finance filings show. Both former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and  Sen. Robert Ortt of North Tonawanda tapped into their campaign funds to hire lawyers to defend against accusations against them. The indictment against Ortt r…

ALBANY – Louis Ciminelli and the other Buffalo defendants will be tried separately from Joseph Percocco, a former top aide to the governor, even though all eight defendants were part of the federal prosecution alleging bid rigging and corruption in state development projects. A federal judge has “severed” the corruption trials and also delayed the starts of the tr…

ALBANY – A new poll out Tuesday morning backs up one released last week: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s standing among New York voters is heading downward – at the same time numbers released Monday depict his fundraising activities are blazing. The new Siena College poll shows the Democratic governor's favorabilty rating dropping a net 19 points from May. The poll also found…