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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-…

ALBANY – State lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo battled earlier this year over more oversight and transparency of the state’s job creation programs. Cuomo doesn’t want it. Members of the Senate and Assembly – urban, rural and suburban, liberals, moderates and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans alike – are demanding it. So does the state comptroll…

Thurman Thomas was quick to blast out word that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had tapped him to be a judge in the inaugural contest for New York’s best craft beers. “#perfectjob,” the NFL Hall of Famer tweeted after it was announced he would join a panel in New York City on May 17. Celebrity chef Mario Batali is another one of the judges. https://twitter.com/thurmanthomas/…

ALBANY – Two months after the Seneca Nation surprised state officials by declaring an end to the tribe’s casino revenue sharing payments to Albany and local communities, substantive negotiations to resolve the dispute have yet to commence. Considering the last time the state and tribe squared off over gambling money the issue was not resolved for four years, such in…

ALBANY – Police can routinely run license plate checks of motorists even if they have no suspicion that any wrongdoing has been committed, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday. In a case involving a 2014 stop of a motorist by a SUNY Buffalo State police officer in 2014, the Court of Appeals rejected an initial Buffalo City Court ruling that dismissed a driving w…

ALBANY – New York State's "official” list is getting longer, but that’s not stopping two lawmakers who now want to add baseball as the official state sport. Legislation introduced Wednesday in the Assembly mirrors a bill put in the Senate in February to make make baseball the officially designated sport for all of New York. Settling on the side of baseball over…

ALBANY – State Police received the OK needed to purchase a helicopter that will, among other duties, ferry Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on his travels around the state. After initially rejecting the purchase last fall, Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli later agreed to let the State Police use a no-bid process to purchase the Sikorsky helicopter. On Wednesday, DiNapoli's office m…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported his income last year more than doubled from the previous year, thanks to another round of royalty payments on a 2014 HarperCollins memoir that saw lackluster sales. In all, Cuomo has made $783,000 from HarperCollins for his book. The book sold 3,200 copies since it was published in the fall of 2014, according to tracking company …

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed a new top aide Monday, naming his already-close advisor, Melissa DeRosa, as secretary to the governor. The administration said DeRosa is the first woman to hold the post. Departing back to the private sector is William Mulrow, who served Cuomo as secretary since the beginning of the governor’s second term in 2015. Mulrow was …

ALBANY – A major Alabama investment group and some of its top executives have agreed to pay New York State $40 million in the largest-ever state settlement of a tax claims case initially brought by a private individual acting as a whistleblower, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Monday. The settlement proceeds include $8.8 million that will go to an unnamed w…