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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. Last year, Cuomo said he opposed recreatio…

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…

Nation and World

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…

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When Jacob K. Javits won his last term as U.S. senator back in 1974, few imagined his victory set a precedent that would guide New York State politics to this day. That’s because Javits, a mainstay of the liberal “Rockefeller Republicans,” remains the last member of the GOP (along with Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz that same year) to win statewide office without s…

Health and Fitness

When Michael Kearns looked at the analytics of his 142nd Assembly District three years ago, he didn't like what he saw in terms of health and well-being. Erie County – including much of the Southtowns and Buffalo, which make up the district – ranked 54th out of 62 counties in the New York State health rankings. It would fall to 57th the following year. Despite ebbs a…

Health and Fitness

Is it a good idea to take blood pressure readings in a state Department of Motor Vehicles office? Erie County motorists will soon find out. Making blood pressure checks available on at least some days in the seven county DMV offices is one of the changes new Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is considering. The notion is one of several Kearns is contemplating as he…

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ALBANY — State officials are stepping up with ideas on how to circumvent the new federal tax law that limits deductions on state and local taxes. They are considering government-created charities — maybe one, maybe as many as 700 — as a way to assist a small number of New York taxpayers who itemize their federal taxes. The idea is not without legal and tax complexiti…

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ALBANY — A state ethics agency with ties to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appears to be the likely choice to look into an allegation that Sen. Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat who heads an eight-member breakaway group of Senate Democrats, forcibly kissed a Senate staff member outside a bar more than two years ago. Klein vehemently denied the accusation. Senate Majority Leader Joh…

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ALBANY — The leader of a breakaway group of Democrats in the state Senate has been accused by a former staffer of forcibly kissing her outside an Albany bar on the night of the state budget’s passage in March 2015. Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat, vehemently denied the allegation that surfaced in the past week when inquiries …

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ALBANY — When New York legalized daily fantasy sports in 2016, state officials boasted of the jobs and tax revenues that would be created. One legislative memo described “abundant” tax money that would flow into a state fund that helps pay for the state’s more than $25 billion education tab each year. Turns out, abundant was an exaggeration. Preliminary numbers sh…

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Lisa M. Cater’s lawsuit against New York State and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for allegedly ignoring her claims of sexual harassment by a former top state official should be dismissed, according to new papers filed in Manhattan U.S. District Court. The motion filed by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Office claims that neither the state nor Cuomo bear any responsibilit…