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ALBANY – The cast members – legislators, staffers and lobbyists – are all here. The stage is ready. Yet, in the theatrical stylings that define the frenzied end of the Legislature’s session each year in Albany, it seems as though everyone has forgotten their lines and where to stand. No one seems engaged. No one seems to be bothered much that negotiations are stalled…

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WASHINGTON – Buffalo-area gasoline prices have skyrocketed nearly 60 cents a gallon in the past year, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer warned Wednesday they could rise even more in future years if the Environmental Protection Agency goes through with its plan to abandon Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. The EPA has vowed to do that, but Schumer said that…

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ALBANY – Unknown by two-thirds of the state’s likely voters, Republican Marc Molinaro is down by 19 points against Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to a new poll out today. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than two-to-one, Cuomo would get 56 percent of the vote with 37 percent going to Molinaro if the election were held today, the Siena…

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WASHINGTON – Robert De Niro, a great actor never known as one of the nation's great political minds, took to the stage at the Tony Awards the other night and quickly proceeded to make the event considerably less tony. You probably heard what he said, and we can't repeat it here. But in case you missed it, it was an attack on the president centered on a four-letter word …

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A state ethics panel may have dismissed sexual harassment charges against former economic development guru Sam Hoyt, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s political opponents have not. Last week’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) conclusion exonerating Hoyt of sexual harassment and assault charges brought by a former state employee is catapulting the issue into the campai…

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WASHINGTON – Republicans weren't able to repeal Obamacare, but they're doing a fine job of tearing it apart piece by piece. The latest proof of that came last week, when the Justice Department told a federal court that it would not defend two of the Affordable Care Act's central pillars: the individual mandate that required people to have health insurance or else face a…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump's attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – and his aides' vociferous defense of them – have ignited an outcry among U.S. allies, but Western New York's two Republican members of Congress aren't exactly among those crying. Asked Monday about the Trump administration's attacks on America's northern border neighbor, both Rep. Chris C…

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WASHINGTON – "We all have two selves: The self we show the world, and the real self we live in." A drug-abuse counselor told me that one time, and I felt shocked and shaken by the truth of what she said. Let it shake us all. Let us look around at the ones we love the most and accept the hard fact that we may not really know them. And let us resolve to try ever harder…

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WASHINGTON – The retaliatory trade efforts of Canada, Mexico and the European Union seem unlikely to do widespread economic damage across New York State. That's because there's almost no overlap between the state's 25 largest exports and the products set to be hit by tariffs from America's newest trade rivals. None of New York's top products appear on Mexico's list o…

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Sam Hoyt has been exonerated of sexual harassment and assault charges by the state ethics commission. The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics concluded Thursday that Hoyt had not abused his public position when he entered into a personal relationship with Lisa Marie Cater. The commission also rejected Cater's claims that Hoyt had harassed and physically ass…

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ALBANY – It’s become a reliable refrain over the past generation: New York has grown weary of government corruption cases coming out of Albany. That frustration, as it turns out, can be seen bubbling over in the views of some potential jury members in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial. Jury selection in the case begins Monday for the trial starting June 18. In wri…

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WASHINGTON – The year 2026 sounds like it's a long time away, like it's the name of some sort of science-fiction movie or something. But think back to 2010, which is just as far away as 2026. Think back to the year that Obamacare became law, the year that the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded and filled the Gulf of Mexico with oil, the year when an earthquake devastat…

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WASHINGTON – A Canadian company with a factory in Lackawanna won't be hit as badly as it expected to be by President Trump's trade war with Canada, meaning its 100 local jobs are more likely secure than officials thought just days ago. Welded Tube, which makes pipes for the oil and gas industry, expected to get hit with three separate tariffs because its products are ma…

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ALBANY – Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro pledged Thursday to serve not more than two terms if he is elected this fall and will use the immense powers of the governor over the state budget process to push through term limits for the governor and other elected state officials. Molinaro, the Dutchess County Executive, told reporters in Albany that state la…

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WASHINGTON – A study of the damage done by phosphorous runoff in Chautauqua Lake moved a step closer to reality Thursday as the House passed a bill calling for the research to be done. Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, said the study could lead to solutions for the algal blooms that have been appearing in the lake. “I am happy to say that we are one step closer to…