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ALBANY – A third site will be permitted to dispense medical marijuana in Erie County, with state officials Tuesday selecting a Syracuse company to open a facility in a former plumbing supply building on Seneca Street in Buffalo. Terradiol NY expects to begin selling medical marijuana to patients who qualify for the state program sometime in November in the old Seneca …

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ALBANY — In Arizona, Google’s spinoff company is looking to enroll hundreds of people for free rides in self-driving vehicles. In California, 36 companies — including Intel, Toyota, Uber and Ford – have been approved over the past three years to conduct tests on autonomous vehicles. In Ohio, workers are laying fiber-optic cables and sensors on a 35-mile stret…

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ALBANY – As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s point person for economic development in the region, Sam Hoyt is charged with growing private sector job opportunities throughout Western New York. In 2013, it appears he also had an additional task: letting Steve Pigeon, the longtime Democratic operative, know about job openings in state government. The jobs weren’t for Pigeo…

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ALBANY – Defense lawyers again are the beneficiaries of Albany politicians' continuing run-ins with corruption accusations, new campaign finance filings show. Both former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and  Sen. Robert Ortt of North Tonawanda tapped into their campaign funds to hire lawyers to defend against accusations against them. The indictment against Ortt r…

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ALBANY – Louis Ciminelli and the other Buffalo defendants will be tried separately from Joseph Percocco, a former top aide to the governor, even though all eight defendants were part of the federal prosecution alleging bid rigging and corruption in state development projects. A federal judge has “severed” the corruption trials and also delayed the starts of the tr…

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ALBANY – A new poll out Tuesday morning backs up one released last week: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s standing among New York voters is heading downward – at the same time numbers released Monday depict his fundraising activities are blazing. The new Siena College poll shows the Democratic governor's favorabilty rating dropping a net 19 points from May. The poll also found…

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ALBANY – A judge this afternoon rejected George Maziarz's bid to toss out  corruption case, leaving the onetime political powerhouse from Niagara County with an September 25 trial date in Albany on his calendar. Judge Peter Lynch in Albany County, just hours after Maziarz and his lawyer left his courtroom following oral arguments on the dismissal request, dismissed c…

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ALBANY – The corruption case involving state contracts, including construction of the SolarCity plant in Buffalo, may be separated into two trials and put off until next spring, just as Gov. Andrew Cuomo would be jump-starting his re-election campaign for a third term, a new court filing suggests. Joon H. Kim, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District in Manh…

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ALBANY – In its precedent-setting decision in the corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the U.S. Supreme Court last year called his actions “distasteful.” The high court, nonetheless, overturned his conviction. In characterizing the actions of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan federal appeals court Thursday borrowed t…

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ALBANY – The corruption conviction against Sheldon Silver was tossed out by a federal appeals court Thursday, a surprising turnaround for the Manhattan Democrat who helped run Albany for a generation. The appeals court vacated Silver’s 2015 conviction for honest services fraud, extortion and bribery, along with the 12-year sentence he was given. The decision was bas…

ALBANY – Hemp  once flourished in New York’s farm fields before being outlawed by the federal government in 1970. Now the state is taking steps to increase the crop. “We want to be the nation’s leader in hemp production,’’ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday shortly before signing legislation intended to boost the commercialization of industrial hemp, wh…

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ALBANY – Despite statewide fly-arounds announcing big government grants, projects and other initiatives, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s standing with New Yorkers has dropped to its lowest level in nearly two years, a new poll has found. The Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday morning shows Cuomo gets a positive job approval rating from 46 percent of voters statewide. In u…

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ALBANY – Louis Ciminelli, the Buffalo developer accused of bid rigging in a federal corruption case rocking the state, suffers from a “significant medical condition” that requires months of treatment, according to court documents unsealed and un-redacted Friday. The specific diagnosis was not disclosed in batches of documents filed with the U.S. District Court for…

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ALBANY – George Maziarz will be back in an Albany courtroom Friday morning as his lawyer seeks a new way to dismiss the corruption case against the former political power broker and state senator from Niagara County. E. Stewart Jones, a Troy lawyer representing Maziarz, said he expects to make brief remarks to Judge Peter Lynch in Albany County asking him to toss the …

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will will not turn over information about New York state voters to a federal election panel that President Trump created to study possible voter fraud in last year’s elections. Cuomo said New York “refuses to perpetuate the myth voter fraud played a role in our election” and is turning down a request to give the Presidential…