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ALBANY — Indictments against six defendants in the Buffalo Billion case have been amended, for the second time, after defense lawyers sought to get the corruption case dismissed. The previously amended indictment against the six individuals is being changed “to provide further clarification of the government’s theory in its case,’’ Acting U.S. Attorney Joon K…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo joined the Democratic governors of California and Washington Wednesday to harshly criticize the Trump administration on climate change policies. Pulling out of the 2015 Paris environmental accord has helped make the Trump administration “the most ignorant” ever on climate change, Cuomo said in a Manhattan appearance with California Go…

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ALBANY – The Cuomo administration wants to settle its casino revenue sharing dispute with the Seneca Nation of Indians through binding arbitration. “The answer is clear: The Nation has breached the compact," lawyers for the state wrote in the demand for arbitration it filed Thursday. At stake are Seneca casino payments to the state and Buffalo area localities am…

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Amazon set off a feeding frenzy Thursday with word that it is scouring North America for a second headquarters that could eventually employ up to 50,000 people. But the Seattle-based company set demands for its “transformational” project that suggest Amazon wants to be in the driver’s seat of this deal. Among Amazon’s demands for its second headquarters: …

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ALBANY – Terminally ill people do not have a state constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide, New York’s highest court ruled Thursday. The New York Court of Appeals ruled that state law is clear in prohibiting anyone, including doctors, from assisting in a suicide. The issue pitted some dying people and portions of the medical community against religious…

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ALBANY – Could the case against the Buffalo Billion defendants be dismissed? Lawyers representing six of the defendants have spent the past several weeks in a new letter-writing campaign to a federal judge seeking dismissal of the bid-rigging corruption charges leveled against individuals involved in several major upstate economic development programs, including the…

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ALBANY – They might not have hired lobbyists in Albany pushing their causes, but members of Amish, Mennonite and potentially other religious sects have gotten themselves an unusual carve out in a new bill: the ability to get a handgun license without submitting a photograph. A measure by Sen. Catharine Young, an Olean Republican whose sprawling district includes a num…

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It was to be a modest affair, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in advance of Thursday’s ceremony to mark the opening of the first span of the $4 billion replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River. He wants to save the real “celebration” of the new bridge for next year, Cuomo had told USA Today Network’s Albany bureau. But the event Thursday was f…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Seneca Nation President Todd Gates privately pledged five months ago to meet to solve a new dispute over tribal casino payments. Since then, the two have engaged in tit-for-tat of verbal barbs. The sparring played out again Tuesday, when Cuomo threatened to bring in a deep-pocket developer to construct a new casino near the Seneca…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday doubled down on his threat to locate a new casino in the Niagara Falls area in response to the Seneca Nation halting revenue sharing payments from its casino in the Falls. “They’re not fulfilling the compact and their right to exclusive gaming is gone,’’ Cuomo said Tuesday afternoon after an economic development event in Rochester…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…