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ALBANY – The three racetrack-based casinos in Western New York no longer are allowed to use “casino” and “slot machines” when marketing their facilities.The State Gaming Commission took the step Thursday, fulfilling the terms of an agreement Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Seneca President Barry Snyder Sr. signed in June, ending a $600 million, four-year dispute over al…

NIAGARA FALLS - Seneca President Barry Snyder this morning handed Gov. Andrew Cuomo a check for $349 million, the money that the nation’s gambling corporation withheld from the state during a four and a half year dispute over gambling rights in Western New York, The presentation occurred at the Seneca Niagara Casino as Mayor Paul Dyster sat nearby. “This agreement m…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday to dramatically expand casino gambling in New York State, a day before he is to appear with Seneca Nation leaders at three events in Western New York formally ending a four-year-old dispute over revenue-sharing payments from the tribe’s three casinos.The new legislation, identifying three areas of upstate where t…

ALBANY – A year ago, relatives of Jay J. Bolvin, a young North Tonawanda boy severely injured at the hands of his father, were huddled in a third-floor office at the state Capitol trying to convince Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver why the state’s child abuse laws needed strengthening.It was not to be in 2012.“We thanked him, and I told him we would not give up and we…

When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. agreed in June to end their casino standoff, the governor described the agreement as a “win-win-win” – for the state, the Senecas, and the cities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca.Cuomo acknowledged merit in Seneca complaints that the state had violated the casino compact that the two sid…

ALBANY – Friday marked a busy day for new laws in New York, with stronger penalties kicking in for using hand-held electronic devices while driving and a new ban on the sale or distribution of shark fins used mainly by higher-end Chinese restaurants, as well as the signing of a new statute removing loopholes convicted drunk drivers have been able to use to avoid mandator…

ALBANY – Shark fin soup goes back to the Ming Dynasty and is almost as hard to find in Western New York as a Super Bowl trophy.But the expensive Asian delicacy is about to go off menus across New York, making environmentalists happy.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that bans the sale, trade and distribution of shark fins. Advocates of the ban say they are no…

ALBANY – A longtime confidante to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver who has helped run damage control over some of the more embarrassing controversies in the Democratic legislative body for two decades is quitting amid allegations he did not investigate sexually harassment charges brought by a young female staff member against a Democratic lawmaker.The resignation of Willi…

New Yorkers are a little less honest than the rest of the nation, according to a survey released Tuesday by the makers of Honest Tea.Earlier this month, the beverage company set up unstaffed kiosks stocked with bottled teas in locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and asked those who took one to pay $1 on the honor system. In Buffalo, a kiosk was placed o…

More than 20 million gallons of untreated sewage poured into the lower Niagara River again Tuesday as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials promised to line up help for the city following Friday’s powerful rainstorm.Speaking in Lockport, where the state produced $2 million in aid to property owners affected by flooding last month after the federal government ref…

LOCKPORT – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said today that a state flood recovery team is on the way to Niagara Falls to begin the same process that has produced flood aid from the state to Lockport home and business owners.Cuomo made the statement to reporters in a brief question-and-answer session in Lockport City Hall, where he gave a brief speech saluting local officials and fi…

LOCKPORT – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will be in Lockport Tuesday morning to discuss the state’s flood relief efforts for Lockport homeowners and businesses affected by last month’s storms, Mayor Michael W. Tucker said today.Cuomo is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. in City Hall, Tucker said.The visit comes as state officials are meeting with Lockport property owners who have…

LOCKPORT – Although federal officials said no to helping Lockport homeowners and businesses damaged in the June 28 flash flood, the state said yes Wednesday.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Niagara County will receive $2 million in reimbursement for flood damage, part of $16 million statewide. All the remaining money will be divided among four Mohawk Valley counties h…

LAKE GEORGE – A retired Buffalo News reporter is recovering in Glens Falls Hospital after he nearly drowned while swimming Monday afternoon off the eastern shore of Lake George at Huletts Landing. George Gates, 81, told The News Tuesday evening that he was unable to find his footing on rocks while trying to reach a ladder on a dock, started to slip and slide and “it se…