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Paige Figi traveled all the way from Colorado to tout the benefits of medical marijuana during a New York State hearing Thursday in Buffalo.Figi was one of more than two dozen speakers invited to testify about the benefits of legalizing medical marijuana in New York. She encouraged Assembly members conducting the hearing to sanction its use for patients facing severe or te…

It’s a high-tech sign of the times that Thruway officials hope will save lives by preventing motorists from driving the wrong way onto the state’s superhighway.A pair of Doppler radar-assisted LED-illuminated signs made their statewide debut Wednesday on a Niagara Thruway exit ramp at Porter Avenue on Buffalo’s West Side. And even in broad daylight, the signs at Exit…

ALBANY – It began Sept. 18 with a $2,555 check written to a Minnesota lawn sign company, peaked Oct. 23 when $1.5 million was spent in just a single 24-hour period and wrapped up with a final check going out the door Nov. 26.When it was all over in a remarkably brief period of time, six pro-gambling political action committees spent $4.6 million to persuade voters to ap…

A group of conservative Republicans from across the state is slated to meet with Donald Trump at his Manhattan office today in an effort to persuade the developer/television personality to challenge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo next November.Political operative Michael R. Caputo, who served as spokesman for 2010 GOP nominee Carl P. Paladino, said Trump agreed to meet at his Manhat…

ALBANY – The day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission said that it’s investigating an unspecified number of state lawmakers for possible ethical and criminal lapses, the collective backs of Democratic and Republican legislators stood rigid Tuesday as they considered legal and political push-backs.Mixed into the legislators’ ire is this question: …

ALBANY – The day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission said that it’s investigating an unspecified number of state lawmakers for possible ethical and criminal lapses, the collective backs of Democratic and Republican legislators stood rigid Tuesday as they considered legal and political pushbacks.Mixed into the legislators’ ire is this question: H…

ALBANY – Rob who?If New York’s gubernatorial election were held today, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo would beat Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino by 56 percent to 25 percent, as 84 percent of registered voters say they don’t know enough about Astorino to form an opinion of him, a new poll finds.Quinnipiac University also found improvements in Cuomo’s over…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plane, flying through bad weather this afternoon, was unable to land in Olean so he could attend the funeral of a state trooper.Weather radar was showing heavy snow falling as the governor’s plan was on approach to Cattaraugus County-Olean Airport shortly after 1 p.m. The Beechcraft Super King Air, a small turboprop operated by the Sta…

ALBANY – Nearly a quarter century after leading the last panel to investigate government corruption, John Feerick is pushing again to get one of the reforms his commission proposed when a different Cuomo held the governor’s office: public financing of political campaigns.The former dean of the Fordham law school is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature to embrac…

If New York’s gubernatorial election was held today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo would beat Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino 56 percent to 25 percent, as 84 percent of registered voters say they don’t know enough about Astorino to form an opinion of him, a new poll finds.

Feeding the hungryHere is a comparison of food banks across upstate New YorkFood Bank of Western New York Service area: four countiesPeople served monthly: 96,170 (38,685 children; 7,847 seniors) Pounds distributed annually: 11,830,606 Pounds collected through food drives annually: 484,462 Foodlink (Rochester)Service area: 10 countiesPeople served monthly: 133,203 (37,730…

ALBANY – Who the mayor of New York City is doesn’t usually matter to people living in Chemung County or the northern reaches of the Adirondacks or the La Salle neighborhood of Niagara Falls.But in 2014, it might.Emboldened by the Election Day victory of Democrat Bill de Blasio as the next mayor of New York City, state officials and special interests with left-of-center…

New York State is betting $225 million on a pair of Silicon Valley startup companies from the highly competitive solar and LED lighting industries.Top state officials spent nine months secretly researching about 35 potential tenants for a new, high-tech manufacturing campus in Buffalo before coming away convinced that Soraa and Silevo were the right partners for the state.…

ALBANY – Legislators, en masse, fought back Friday against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission by asking federal courts to quash subpoenas issued by the panel for names and other activities of their private law firm businesses.While Senate Republicans in the past had been alone in going the legal route, they were joined Friday by Assembly Democrats, sever…