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ALBANY – Sen. John DeFrancisco started his campaign for governor Tuesday trailing far behind the incumbent, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in the fundraising race and facing statewide voter registration that shows two Democrats for every Republican. The Republican from the Syracuse area says numbers don't tell the whole story. “I’m not the type of person that says, ‘Look, he …

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ALBANY — New York collects personal financial information from more than 200 people who recommend which economic development projects should receive state aid, but officials say the public should not be allowed to review that information. “These folks don’t have any statutory responsibility. They can’t actually enact anything based on their decision-making,’’ Howard Zem…

ALBANY – The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut this morning said they are teaming up to challenge new federal tax overhaul law in court. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the law tramples states’ rights and discriminates against high-tax states that are dominated by Democratic residents. All three governors are Democrats. “It’s punishment of blue states,’’…

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NEW YORK – A couple hours after sunrise on one morning in April 2016, Linda Lacewell’s phone rang. Lacewell, a trusted advisor to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was reached that morning by Joseph Percoco, an even closer associate of Cuomo – dating back to the days when his father, Mario M. Cuomo, was governor. Percoco, on trial this week in Manhattan on corruption charges, ha…

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NEW YORK – Prosecution and defense lawyers squared off Tuesday in the corruption trial of Joseph Percoco and three others in opening arguments of a trial that packed the courtroom and an overflow room with interested spectators. The sole point the two lawyers could agree on: Percoco was the right-hand man for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. From there, they diverged. Assist…

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NEW YORK — A jury was selected Monday in the trial of Joseph Percoco, a longtime associate of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, and three other defendants, setting the stage for opening arguments to begin Tuesday morning in an alleged bribery case with multiple legal and political twists. The jury – composed of seven women and five men – will hear testimony in a trial that for the …

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ALBANY – Joseph Percoco, a longtime confidante and aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and others go on trial Monday in a lower Manhattan courtroom, where a jury will consider whether state decision-making was driven by bribes of a top Cuomo official. Cuomo won’t be on trial and he has not been implicated in any wrongdoing, but in the end, people statewide will be watching to ge…

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ALBANY — The state tax department has outlined for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo a series of possible options that New York State could take with its tax code to try to circumvent provisions in the new federal tax law that hit some higher income residents with new restrictions on state and local tax deductions. The plans target possible major changes to the state’s system of col…

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ALBANY — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul dismisses talk that she will not run as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate and instead challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins this fall as “political fodder of the chattering class.” "My choice is to continue on as lieutenant governor and to run for re-election with the governor and not be distracted by individuals who would like me…

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ALBANY — In some of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s past state budgets, one would need a miner’s helmet and flashlight to find all the squirreled away tax and fee increases. In the 2018 budget plan released Tuesday, Cuomo lays them out early and often, even listing in their own table of contents entry. And there are many of what the administration calls "revenue actions," acc…

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to spend above the rate inflation for education and health care, but make cuts in other areas, all while raising more than $1 billion in new revenues. That would mean tax hikes on health insurers and freezing breaks for New Yorkers enrolled in the STAR property tax program. In a relatively somber budget address Tuesday that contain…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is slowing down spending in some areas of the proposed 2018 New York State budget, while turning to $1 billion in “revenue actions,’’ including tax hikes on health insurers and freezing breaks given to New Yorkers enrolled in the STAR property tax program. Cuomo this afternoon also called for the creation of a state panel to advise him on t…

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo presents his eighth state budget plan as governor Tuesday, a fiscal road map that must be able to address a worsening deficit, declining federal funding for state initiatives, rising unemployment in most areas of the state and an ever-hungry appetite for state dollars from education and health care sectors. The governor, who is expected to …

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ALBANY — State officials are stepping up with ideas on how to circumvent the new federal tax law that limits deductions on state and local taxes. They are considering government-created charities — maybe one, maybe as many as 700 — as a way to assist a small number of New York taxpayers who itemize their federal taxes. The idea is not without legal and tax complexiti…

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ALBANY — A state ethics agency with ties to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appears to be the likely choice to look into an allegation that Sen. Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat who heads an eight-member breakaway group of Senate Democrats, forcibly kissed a Senate staff member outside a bar more than two years ago. Klein vehemently denied the accusation. Senate Majority Leader Joh…