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Calling it an "intrusion on the power of the executive," Gov. Pataki has vetoed a bill requiring one-fourth of the trustees of the State University of New York to be "alumni" of the system.Supporters of the measure say SUNY, unlike other state university systems around the nation, is being run by a board with increasingly less background in the system."The Legislature over…

With the state budget 100 days late as of this morning, Assembly Democrats spent Tuesday pushing a plan to house more state inmates in county jails.The proposal, which has emerged in closed-door talks on the tardy budget, is designed to block Gov. Pataki's idea of building three new prisons over the coming several years and to ease current overcrowding in the state prison …

The state budget, due in place more than three months ago, has become bogged down over a host of criminal-justice issues that almost guarantee a record for a late budget.The record stands at last year's adoption on July 13.After closed-door talks Monday by Gov. Pataki, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick, the s…

The deepest-pocket supporter for holding a state constitutional convention said Monday he will likely conduct polls in the coming month to help him decide how much money to contribute to the cause.Millionaire Rochester businessman Thomas Golisano told a gathering of convention backers he is "very open minded" about spending what it takes to help get the measure approved th…

A new access road at a Buffalo industrial park promises to end truck congestion in a residential neighborhood while likely bringing new jobs to the Worthington Business Center, state and local officials said Tuesday.The state Department of Transportation will give $350,000 to the Buffalo Enterprise Development Corp. to fund a new road between the business park and Bailey A…

Another month, another late state budget.While cities -- including many that began their fiscal year Tuesday -- and school districts await word of state funding from Albany, and while a slew of state programs remain on hold, the triumvirate running the government spent most of Tuesday behind closed doors trying to slice up a $66 billion-plus spending plan.This morning, Gov…

With the state legislative session trying to wind down, Mayor Masiello on Monday joined the growing list of leaders and special interest groups lobbying to shake out money from Albany's still unresolved budget.While he got no guarantees for increased state aid to Buffalo, Masiello did come away with something: Democratic Party peace.In a town where political paranoia is a …

With little fanfare, one of the oddest collections of special-interest groups ever assembled here has come together quietly -- yet aggressively -- with a single mission: to prevent a state constitutional convention.Leaders of this increasingly powerful coalition say they are prepared to spend what it takes to persuade voters in November to reject a gathering of delegates i…

Video slot machines, like ones used at some casinos across the country, would be permitted at harness racing tracks across New York, including Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs, under a proposal quietly circulating in the State Capitol.The plan is being pushed by several top industry lobbyists and -- more importantly -- has not been rejected by negotiators for Senate Major…

A new plan by the State University of New York would lower tuition for certain out-of-state students at a time a tuition hike for in-state students still has not yet been ruled out at the Capitol.The decreased rates, approved this week by the SUNY Board of Trustees as a way of attracting more students, is "outrageous" and could be blocked by the State Legislature, Assembly…

The state judge who ordered the Pataki administration to begin collecting sales taxes on Indian reservations now says the governor does not have to collect such taxes on the sale of cigarettes and gasoline to non-Indians.For the time being, anyway.State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Harris on Wednesday lifted the restraining order he imposed on Gov. Pataki last month, after…

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, struggling to compete, is poised to become the nation's premier cancer hospital in the coming years if a Pataki administration proposal formally unveiled Tuesday becomes law, its supporters say.Troubled by fewer patients coming through its doors amid rising costs, a plan to turn the hospital into a so-called public benefit corporation will en…

The chancellor of the State University of New York said Monday he doesn't expect there will be a tuition increase this fall at the system's colleges and universities.In a speech to a group of mayors of small cities and villages that are home to SUNY campuses, John W. Ryan said it is likely the approximately $140 million Gov. Pataki proposed to cut from the SUNY budget will…

Moving from plans to privatize Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Pataki administration has struck a deal with state labor unions to let the facility operate more independently as a quasi-public entity.Supporters say the arrangement would ensure Roswell Park's survival by making it more competitive in the changing health-care industry.The agreement would set up the facilit…

The State Legislature Thursday gave final approval to a bill requiring that at least one-quarter of the trustees to the State University of New York be alumni of the system.It is unclear whether Gov. Pataki will sign the bill. In the past, he has been criticized for appointing individuals with little public university experience to the SUNY panel.A Pataki spokesman, Michae…