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ALBANY – A woman making sexual harassment and assault allegations against former Cuomo administration economic official Sam Hoyt stopped speaking with state investigators when she felt the inquiries would not be fair, her lawyer said Monday. Paul Liggieri, a Manhattan lawyer representing Lisa Marie Cater of Buffalo in a newly filed federal lawsuit, conceded Monday that …

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ALBANY – The Buffalo  woman who recently told her story of being sexually harassed by Sam Hoyt, a former state lawmaker and top economic adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has filed a federal lawsuit against Hoyt for engaging in a “pattern of committing sexual harassment, assault, discrimination and retaliation” against her. Lisa Marie Cater, who previously talked to The Buf…

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ALBANY – A once-influential Cheektowaga Democratic Party insider who had close ties to political operative Steve Pigeon was sentenced Thursday to a conditional discharge and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine in an election law violation case. Frank C. Max, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts, was sentenced by Albany City Judge Joshua Farrell on cha…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo spent Tuesday traveling between San Francisco and Los Angeles, raising money for his gubernatorial campaign fund and, presumably, stirring the waters a bit more about a possible 2020 White House run. How much Cuomo raised was not revealed by his campaign. Cuomo left sometime Monday evening and was due back Tuesday night. Cuomo was expect…

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ALBANY – A Western New York Republican lawmaker tangled Monday with the state’s economic development czar over the level of credit taken by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s in the Buffalo area’s employment health. The exchange at a legislative hearing between Assemblyman Raymond Walter, an Amherst Republican, and Howard Zemsky, a Buffalo businessman, came weeks after the Federal …

ALBANY – A Hudson Valley Republican is the first out of the gate taking a formal step to a run for governor in 2018. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro on Wednesday filed paperwork with the state elections board creating an account to raise money for next year’s gubernatorial campaign. The Republican has been traveling the state for some time and earlier this week …

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ALBANY – If there is a single item on the statewide ballot on Nov. 7 that is 100 percent certain to pass, it’s Proposal 2. After nearly a generation of relentless headlines about corruption cases in Albany, voters are being asked if they want to strip pensions from state and local government officials who commit felonies related to their work. The proposed change in …

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ALBANY – No more elephants in circuses and parades. Legislation that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed Thursday forbids their use in those and other entertainment events. The prohibition does not kick in for two years. “Once again, New York State is proving to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves,’’ said state Sen. Terrence Murphy, a Westchester County Repu…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in recent weeks has talked up the possible need for a special session of the Legislature to deal with such issues as federal funding cuts and additional bailout funds for victims of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River flooding. Assembly Democrats returned to Albany Tuesday to huddle in a private conference to discuss a range of issues comin…

ALBANY – There was a time a few years ago when Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t have to listen to shots fired his way from the GOP. Nowadays, the Republican Governors Association headed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is regularly attacking Cuomo, who is looking to seek a third term in 2018 and one of many Democrats maneuvering for a possible White House run in 2020. The RGA …

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ALBANY – On the eve of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Buffalo area, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday urged New Yorkers to demand an explanation about Republican proposals to eliminate a major federal tax deduction used by millions of state residents. “When Vice President Pence arrives in Buffalo I hope he’s prepared to explain why he wants t…

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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…