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ALBANY – New York voters on Tuesday approved the state’s largest-ever expansion of casino gambling, believing a promise by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that the new betting halls will bring jobs to upstate and hundreds of millions of tax dollars a year to the state and localities.Helped by a last-minute rush of $4 million from casino companies and unions to fund TV ads and mai…

ALBANY – New York voters on Tuesday approved the state’s largest-ever expansion of casino gambling, believing a promise by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that the new betting halls will bring jobs to upstate and hundreds of millions of tax dollars a year to the state and local municipalities.Helped by a last-minute rush of $4 million from casino companies and unions to fund TV a…

NEW YORK – Bill de Blasio, who transformed himself from a little-known occupant of an obscure office into the fiery voice of New York’s disillusionment with a new gilded age, was elected the city’s 109th mayor Tuesday, according to exit polls.His overwhelming victory, stretching from the working-class precincts of central Brooklyn to the suburban streets of northwest…

WAWARSING – Tables were still in their places in the sprawling dining hall. Chairs were arranged in the Stardust Room nightclub. All the other trappings were in place: pool, ski mountain, tennis courts, covered ice arena.The only thing missing on a tour last week of the Nevele was people.The grandfather of Borscht Belt hotels in the southern Catskills, the Nevele today …

He’s 70 now and walks with a cane. But his mind remains sharp, vividly reliving those days from September 1971, the memories still raw enough to send tears down his face. He insists on using only his first name, William. But his detailed account rings true, about the action that he took that may have helped saved up to 60 lives – 55 of them fellow inmates at Attica Cor…

ALBANY – In a sign that it could be worried about next Tuesday’s casino referendum, a pro-gambling political committee raised $675,000 in just one day on Thursday, new filings with the state elections board show.The NY Jobs Now group, whose biggest donors are gambling companies and unions, has raised a total of $3.65 million in the past four weeks. It has at least two …

ALBANY – It is still too soon to say whether an approximately $4 billion downstate bridge construction project will end up hitting all Thruway users with higher tolls, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says.The governor late last month announced that the federal government approved a $1.6 billion loan, the largest-ever borrowing under a certain U.S. Department of Transportation progr…

ALBANY – With lawmakers pushing back against his Moreland Commission, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is finding himself in a near daily fight with the State Legislature, especially the coalition that controls the State Senate that had been among his most reliable allies in Albany.Things worsened Wednesday on two fronts: Senate Republicans went to court to block subpoenas issued by…

ALBANY – Gun-rights advocates blamed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers for a second firearms company deciding to move out of New York since enactment of the SAFE Act, but gun-control groups dismissed their criticism.American Tactical Imports, a Rochester company that makes and imports firearms and ammunition, announced this week it will move to South Carolina. The compa…

In the wake of word that a Rochester-area firearms and ammunition company is moving to South Carolina, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association this morning offered up this headline on a press release: “NYSRPA asks if legislators are still proud of their SAFE Act votes?”With quotes from their governor, South Carolina officials this week announced that American T…

ALBANY – The major pro-casino organization pushing the Nov. 5 gambling expansion statewide ballot proposition has reported raising $2.85 million in the past three weeks and spent $361,000, much of it on consulting, digital ads, mailings and production of a television commercial.New York Jobs Now, whose members include business, casino and labor interests, raised most of …

ALBANY – The state’s top lawyer has gone to court to seek the unsealing of a secret report on how the state handled the Attica uprising more than four decades ago, a two-volume report locked away in a secure room on the third floor of a downtown Buffalo office building.Former prison guards and family members of victims of the nation’s worst prison riot have wanted to…

ALBANY – Checking the backgrounds and recording detailed information about anyone buying ammunition, a key component of New York’s gun-control law, will not begin as expected Jan. 15, State Police officials confirmed Friday evening.Several days after The Buffalo News first inquired about delays in the ammunition provisions, the State Police said Friday the agency needs…

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will issue about 35,000 deer permits to hunters who were previously denied this fall. The DEC randomly selected from those names last week and has begun mailing out the permits to harvest antlerless deer. This year, the agency received fewer applications than expected. Some new requests will be considered for the leftover …

ALBANY – More than 37,000 New Yorkers have signed up for health insurance since enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began Oct. 1, but many of them are going into the state’s Medicaid program rather than one of 16 private insurance carriers participating in the new federally mandated program.State officials and private insurance executives say they anticipated the …