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ALBANY – Many supporters of the state referendum to convene a constitutional convention are citing as reason the possibilities to diminish incumbent-friendly campaign finance laws, enact term limits and end gerrymandered districts. Other advocates are pressing a much different reason to vote yes: legalization of marijuana in New York. Stymied in their efforts to get …

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ALBANY – As many as 800,000 New Yorkers with a disability could be eligible to enroll in a new savings plan that will not jeopardize their access to financial assistance through programs such as Social Security and Medicaid. “We want to get the word out,’’ said State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, whose office is administering the program. Modeled on the 529 college sa…

ALBANY – Tom DiNapoli just wasn’t into playing the political rumor game. For the better part of a year, Albany has been whispering about a scenario in which Gov. Andrew Cuomo would not seek a third term in 2018, despite his non-stop fundraising and frequent statewide barnstorming. Under the theory, Cuomo is interested in keeping his name alive for a possible 2020 Whi…

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ALBANY – Under mounting pressure, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reversed himself and said he will, after all, be giving away the remaining $60,000 in contributions his campaign received from Harvey Weinstein. The statement coming from his campaign Thursday evening came as an about-face from what Cuomo himself declared just hours earlier: That there was no money from Weinstein…

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ALBANY – Republicans are criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not getting rid of all of the contributions he received from Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer numerous women have accused of rape or sexual harassment. The New York Republican Party said Cuomo is the sole Democratic politician not donating all of Weinstein’s contributions to charities “In the dictionary n…

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ALBANY – A leading environmental group has scored members of the State Legislature for their voting records during the 2017 session and Western New York lawmakers received a broad range of ratings. EPL/Environmental Advocates gave perfect scores for the votes taken during the six-month session by four Democrats from Western New York: Sen. Timothy Kennedy and Assembly me…

ALBANY – Opposition groups – led by labor unions – have been on a feverish fundraising and spending tear in a last-ditch bid to defeat the statewide ballot question next month. The chief opposition group – New Yorkers Against Corruption – have raised a total of $1.5 million, according to the latest campaign filing this week.  All but $4,900 of that has come from unions …

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ALBANY – The leaders of the Republican, Conservative and Working Families parties all have come out against the referendum to hold a state constitutional convention. Now, the head of the state Democratic Party has joined them. “I am not in favor of a constitutional question because many of the rights we are afforded in the constitution I’m just concerned will not hav…

ALBANY – There doesn’t need to be a choice between a holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus or indigenous people, says Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Let’s do both, Cuomo said Monday as kicked off another march in Manhattan’s Columbus Day Parade. “Should we honor Christopher Columbus or should we honor the indigenous people. It’s not either or. It’s both. Of course we should h…

ALBANY – Former top judges, onetime aides to the late Gov. Mario Cuomo and a couple of former senators are among the donors to a committee pushing for a yes vote on a referendum to hold the first constitutional convention in 50 years. Donors to the Committee for a Constitutional Convention, managed by Evan Davis, include people with long ties to Albany. The committee ha…

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ALBANY – Preserving the status quo can create the strangest of bedfellows in Albany. Just look at the jockeying over whether New York should hold a convention to consider changes to the state Constitution. Groups that could seldom stand to be in the same room with one another are working together to defeat the question known as Proposal One that goes to voters in four w…

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ALBANY – Support for the first constitutional convention in New York in 50 years is slipping just a month before voters will consider the proposal in a referendum, a new poll has found. Just 44 percent of registered voters support Proposal One, which calls for convening a convention of delegates in 2019 to consider making changes to the state’s constitution, according t…

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ALBANY – New Yorkers are siding with NFL players over President Trump. A Siena College poll finds that 60 percent of New Yorkers support NFL players who have taken a knee during the national anthem as part of what they say is a protest against racial injustice. That compares with 38 percent of registered voters who said the  NFL players refusing to stand during the n…

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ALBANY – The disparity between what New Yorkers send to Washington in taxes versus what the state receives in federal spending has grown sharply over the past several years, the state’s chief fiscal watchdog is warning. New York last year got back 84 cents for every dollar sent to Washington, far below the national average that ends up with most other states, according …

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ALBANY – The feverish anticipation over Amazon’s search for a new second headquarters that could bring as many as 50,000 new jobs has spread across North America, including New York State. That has left the Cuomo administration in a peculiar place: unable to name a favorite candidate. Will it be New York City? Or could it be Buffalo? What about Westchester County or …