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ALBANY – Joseph Percoco, a longtime confidante and aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and others go on trial Monday in a lower Manhattan courtroom, where a jury will consider whether state decision-making was driven by bribes of a top Cuomo official. Cuomo won’t be on trial and he has not been implicated in any wrongdoing, but in the end, people statewide will be watching to ge…

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New York State officials have established in a 35,000-square-foot facility in Hamburg a stockpile of items that may be needed in severe weather events, disasters or other emergency situations. The state, which did not disclose the specific location, said the site was "strategically placed in Hamburg." The site also will be used as a staging location for emergency vehicl…

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A Buffalo Common Council committee is recommending a $3 million settlement to a state worker who sustained “life-changing” injuries in a lawn mower accident on the job. Michael Yusczyk was working for the New York State Department of Transportation when he was injured May 4, 2011, while mowing the lawn on the bike path along Scajaquada Creek and I-198, said Delaware Cou…

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ALBANY — The state tax department has outlined for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo a series of possible options that New York State could take with its tax code to try to circumvent provisions in the new federal tax law that hit some higher income residents with new restrictions on state and local tax deductions. The plans target possible major changes to the state’s system of col…

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ALBANY — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul dismisses talk that she will not run as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate and instead challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins this fall as “political fodder of the chattering class.” "My choice is to continue on as lieutenant governor and to run for re-election with the governor and not be distracted by individuals who would like me…

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ALBANY — In some of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s past state budgets, one would need a miner’s helmet and flashlight to find all the squirreled away tax and fee increases. In the 2018 budget plan released Tuesday, Cuomo lays them out early and often, even listing in their own table of contents entry. And there are many of what the administration calls "revenue actions," acc…

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to spend above the rate inflation for education and health care, but make cuts in other areas, all while raising more than $1 billion in new revenues. That would mean tax hikes on health insurers and freezing breaks for New Yorkers enrolled in the STAR property tax program. In a relatively somber budget address Tuesday that contain…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday called for the creation of a state panel to advise him on whether New York should legalize recreational marijuana. Cuomo did not specifically embrace a legalization effort, and said the advisory group, which will include State Police representation, is meant to get to the "facts" of the issue. "I think we should fund (Department of Hea…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is slowing down spending in some areas of the proposed 2018 New York State budget, while turning to $1 billion in “revenue actions,’’ including tax hikes on health insurers and freezing breaks given to New Yorkers enrolled in the STAR property tax program. Cuomo this afternoon also called for the creation of a state panel to advise him on t…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to deliver his proposed state budget today at 1 p.m. in Albany. You can watch Cuomo's budget talk live in the video below:   Below are tweets from Tom Precious, The Buffalo News' Albany reporter who is covering Cuomo's budget speech:   https://twitter.com/TomPreciousALB http://buffalonews.com/2018/01/15/cuomo-f…

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By Shane Goldmacher Potential rivals may have backed away from running against New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in 2018 but a new primary challenger emerged Monday to his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. Jumaane D. Williams, a city councilman from Brooklyn and an outspoken liberal Democrat who served as a delegate to Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential camp…

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Just a few weeks ago, Joel A. Giambra the lobbyist was working the State Capitol’s hallways advocating the legalization of marijuana. Now he works a different Capitol angle as a Republican hopeful for governor, proposing that legalized and tightly regulated marijuana sales represent the best way to address the state’s massive infrastructure and mass transit needs. “I…

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo presents his eighth state budget plan as governor Tuesday, a fiscal road map that must be able to address a worsening deficit, declining federal funding for state initiatives, rising unemployment in most areas of the state and an ever-hungry appetite for state dollars from education and health care sectors. The governor, who is expected to …

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WASHINGTON –- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday asked the Internal Revenue Service to give a break to all New York taxpayers who paid their 2018 property taxes early in order to ease the pain of the coming limits to the state and local tax deduction. A tax code overhaul passed by Republicans in Congress will limit that deduction to the first $10,000 of…