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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…

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Defense attorneys for G. Steven Pigeon won an important pretrial ruling Friday in a political corruption case against the former Erie County Democratic Party leader. State Supreme Court Judge Donald F. Cerio Jr. decided to suppress email evidence that helped the State Attorney General's Office obtain an indictment against Pigeon last year on corruption charges. The corr…

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ALBANY – Homeowners and businesses whose properties sustained damage from Lake Ontario flooding are in line for a share of $55 million in grants. The state Legislature approved a flood relief package as part of an omnibus and policy package Thursday. The omnibus bill also gave permission for 53 counties to maintain their existing sales taxes levels and approved a p…

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ALBANY – Get ready to cross the Hudson river over the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge, formerly known as the Tappan Zee. That is one of the deals at hand in a special legislative session this week, according to Democrats who control the Assembly. Another deal is an extension for counties to continue imposing additional sales tax levies on consumers for an additional th…

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ALBANY – Three felony corruption counts against state Sen. Robert Ortt were dropped by an Albany judge Tuesday just three months after the case was brought against the Republican senator from North Tonawanda by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Albany County Judge Peter Lynch tossed the case against Ortt, saying there was “no valid line of reasoning and permiss…

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ALBANY – A week after lawmakers ended their 2017 session, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday said he is calling both houses of the State Legislature back to Albany Wednesday to deal with items the sides could not resolve last week. The sole issue Cuomo mentioned in a proclamation issued Tuesday for the “extraordinary session” was control of the New York City school s…

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ALBANY – Just weeks before ride-hailing is set to begin in upstate New York, the industry’s largest player in the United States has paid a $98,000 fine for underreporting how much it spent on lobbying. Uber Technologies Inc. failed to report $6.3 million in lobbying costs in its 2015-2016 biennial registration report, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics said. A…

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ALBANY – Legislation to prohibit anyone under 17 years old from marrying has been given final approval in the state Legislature. The Senate OK'd the measure earlier this week and the Assembly gave its unanimous support to the new marriage age limits on Thursday. Current law sets the age of consent at 18, though children aged 14 can marry in New York if they have pa…

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ALBANY – For weeks the leader of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference has listened to his group of eight Senate Democrats get pounded for being disloyal to the Democratic Party. Today Sen. Jeff Klein fired back at critics for spreading distortions as part of a “misinformation campaign.’’ Klein, the Bronx Democrat who sits at the negotiating table …

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ALBANY – The buzz around Albany is that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is positioning himself for a possible run for the White House, but the reaction from state Democratic Party leaders elsewhere around the country is unanimous: Silence. Maybe that is because the next election is 43 months away. Or perhaps they do not want to signal intentions. And it is possible the Democr…

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ALBANY – New York State’s policies to reduce carbon emissions to deal with climate change will remain unaltered even after President Trump removed the United States from the Paris Agreement, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said. The New York governor joined with California Gov. Jerry Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to announce the creation of a new United States Climate A…

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ALBANY – Unable to persuade state lawmakers to pass a bill allowing physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives, advocates on Tuesday took their case for assisted suicide before the state’s highest court in a fight that involves physicians, medical ethicists, disabled people and church groups. “We view it as something completely different from suici…