ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo embraced the spread of state-sanctioned gambling during his first six years in office, from expanded lottery and commercial casinos to daily fantasy sports wagering. One of the outcomes, though, was that churches, fire halls and veterans’ posts that run bingo games, raffles and other games of chance suffered with the saturation of new gamb…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo embraced the spread of state-sanctioned gambling during his first six years in office, from expanded lottery and commercial casinos to daily fantasy sports wagering. One of the outcomes, though, was that churches, fire halls and veterans’ posts that run bingo games, raffles and other games of chance suffered with the saturation of new gamb…

A defamation trial against Carl Paladino and Michael Caputo has been scheduled to begin in New York City next month. The trial stems from a lawsuit filed by former Libertarian candidate for governor, Warren Redlich. It is slated to start March 29 in New York City, according to court records. Redlich's lawsuit accuses Paladino, Caputo and Republican strategist Roger …

ALBANY – There are no specific plans to bring a cashless toll system to the upstate portions of the Thruway even though it now operates at the Tappan Zee Bridge between Rockland and Westchester counties, a Cuomo administration official told lawmakers Wednesday. “We’ve looked at it. We have no plans at the moment,’’ Bill Finch, the acting executive director of …

New York’s age of consent to become an organ donor drops from 18 to 16 years old under a new law that takes effect Tuesday. New York has the nation’s lowest percentage of registered organ donors, and waiting lists for some organs, such as kidneys, can stretch years. New teen drivers applying for permits and licenses had been unable to check a box indicating their en…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo counts on $1.2 billion in "fiscal gimmicks" to keep spending growth below 2 percent in his proposed 2017 state budget, a government watchdog agency said Monday. The financial maneuverings mask the true nature of the budget’s growth, said the Citizens Budget Commission. The true level of state spending would rise by 3.2 percent withou…

ALBANY – U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara today asked a federal judge to temporarily hold in abeyance a new defense motion to dismiss corruption charges against three former LPCiminelli executives. Two days after lawyers for the three  defendants asked that the criminal charges against them be dropped – or that the future trial be held in Buffalo and not Manhattan – B…

After a fire destroyed the Beaver Island State Park golf course pro shop in 2012, New York State Parks invested $2.6 million to rebuild it. With the new shop recently completed, state parks is now seeking proposals for an experienced partner to operate the shop, pro services and concessions in the shop and on the course for five years. Proposals must be submitted by Feb…

ALBANY – Three former LPCiminelli executives charged in the Buffalo Billion corruption case have a constitutional right to be tried where they are accused of committing the crime – in Western New York – not lower Manhattan, their attorneys say. A team of defense lawyers made that request of U.S. Southern District Court Judge Valerie Caproni, who is scheduled in Ap…

ALBANY – Three former top LPCiminelli executives caught up in the federal corruption case involving a major Buffalo Billion contract have asked a judge in Manhattan to dismiss the charges in the case. If denied, Louis Ciminelli, Kevin Schuler and Michael Laipple want the trial to be conducted in a federal courtroom in Buffalo and not more than 300 miles away in lower …

A leading advocate for the rights of people with disabilities says the voices of that community are being left out of the conversation about ride-hailing services in upstate. As state officials debate what rules should be enacted in order to allow services like Uber and Lyft outside of New York City, advocates for the disabled want assurances they won't be denied acc…

ALBANY – A Manhattan lawyer was confirmed Monday as an associate judge of the state’s highest court, replacing a judge from Erie County who retired. Rowan Wilson, nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was overwhelmingly backed by the Senate across political party lines. It is believed to be the first time in state history that two African-American judges are serving at th…

Speed on the I-290 in the Town of Amherst and chances are better than most places that you'll get pulled over by police. The highway is home to some of the busiest speed traps in the state. That could be why Amherst Town Court raked in $3 million in 2015, ranking it 4th out of 1,219 town and village courts in New York State for the total revenue it collected, accord…

ALBANY – The head of the state’s mental health agency on Monday found herself defending, again, a plan to close the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and move its patients and staff to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo first proposed the idea in 2013, and skeptical state lawmakers asked Dr. Anne Marie Sullivan about t…

ALBANY – When Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to Buffalo on Dec. 20, the reason was a secret. His aides were mum. His public schedule listed no reason for the trip. Hours before he arrived in Buffalo, it eventually dribbled out that he was going to Buffalo for a political fundraiser. Five weeks after the event, during a meeting with editors and reporters at The Buffa…