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ALBANY – Just weeks before ride-hailing is set to begin in upstate New York, the industry’s largest player in the United States has paid a $98,000 fine for underreporting how much it spent on lobbying. Uber Technologies Inc. failed to report $6.3 million in lobbying costs in its 2015-2016 biennial registration report, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics said. A…

ALBANY – Legislation to prohibit anyone under 17 years old from marrying has been given final approval in the state Legislature. The Senate OK'd the measure earlier this week and the Assembly gave its unanimous support to the new marriage age limits on Thursday. Current law sets the age of consent at 18, though children aged 14 can marry in New York if they have pa…

ALBANY – For weeks the leader of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference has listened to his group of eight Senate Democrats get pounded for being disloyal to the Democratic Party. Today Sen. Jeff Klein fired back at critics for spreading distortions as part of a “misinformation campaign.’’ Klein, the Bronx Democrat who sits at the negotiating table …

ALBANY – The buzz around Albany is that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is positioning himself for a possible run for the White House, but the reaction from state Democratic Party leaders elsewhere around the country is unanimous: Silence. Maybe that is because the next election is 43 months away. Or perhaps they do not want to signal intentions. And it is possible the Democr…

ALBANY – New York State’s policies to reduce carbon emissions to deal with climate change will remain unaltered even after President Trump removed the United States from the Paris Agreement, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said. The New York governor joined with California Gov. Jerry Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to announce the creation of a new United States Climate A…

ALBANY – Unable to persuade state lawmakers to pass a bill allowing physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives, advocates on Tuesday took their case for assisted suicide before the state’s highest court in a fight that involves physicians, medical ethicists, disabled people and church groups. “We view it as something completely different from suici…

ALBANY – A new industry plans on opening up in the Buffalo area in June, but it’s not coming with some shiny new buildings or even desks, filing cabinets or any manufacturing equipment. Ride hailing, featuring Uber, Lyft and possibly others, is expected to start service June 29 and quickly redesign the way people get around the region. Uber says 5,000 people from…

ALBANY – President Donald Trump’s popularity in his home state continues to fall, according to a new poll out this morning. Sixty-five percent of New Yorkers have an unfavorable view of the Republican president, off four points from the last poll a month ago, according to Siena College. The bright spot for the president: New Yorkers have far dimmer views of Congr…

ALBANY – People craving a nicotine fix via vaping soon may be scrambling to find places to light up in New York. Some key lawmakers and health care organizations, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, are launching an all-out push to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in all public places where tobacco cigarettes also are prohibited. That means bars and restau…

ALBANY – Fifty-three percent of registered voters who responded to a new poll said they are prepared to re-elect Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to a third term in 2018. Cuomo's favorability rating among New Yorkers also climbed to its highest level since 2014, according to a new poll released Wednesday morning by Siena College. The re-elect numbers for Cuomo are up from his …

ALBANY – Federal and state investigators have opened inquiries into the legality of additional taxpayer-funded salary deals given to eight state senators. The stipends, awarded by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, were given to five GOP senators, including Sen. Patrick Gallivan, an Elma Republican, and three breakaway Democrats who are part of a group that runs th…

ALBANY – The landlord whose University Heights properties had what the state’s top lawyer called “notorious” house parties has been ordered to enforce limits on gatherings that over the years have attracted hundreds of students in the residential neighborhood. “Everyone deserves to live in a safe neighborhood," said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who on T…

ALBANY – Two Buffalo apartment buildings will undergo extensive renovation to resolve lead paint hazards, according to a settlement announced by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The settlement requires a variety of abatement steps be taken at Elmwood Anderson Apartments, at Anderson Place and Elmwood Avenue, and the Lafayette-Barton Apartments, at Lafayett…

ALBANY -- A group pushing for the removal of Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino took their case Wednesday to Albany, holding a small rally near the office of the state official with the authority to oust or keep Paladino. “He’s the distraction. He’s the disruption. He needs to be removed,’’ Whitney Crispell, a member of Showing Up for Racial Justice, sa…

ALBANY – As Capitol scandals and controversies go, the State Senate flap over special salary deals for seven lawmakers ranks, for now at least, low on the list of outrages. This is a town, after all, that over the past 15 years or so has seen people accused – and convicted in dozens of cases – of everything from embezzlement, bribery and rape to racketeering, bid-…