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ALBANY – The state’s highest court said Tuesday that part-time residents of New York State can receive handgun permits.The Court of Appeals said the handgun license law does not just pertain to people who have established domiciles in New York; it rejected as moot an attempt by the person who brought the suit to get the court to rule that his Second Amendment rights we…

ALBANY – With no money to spend on a major campaign, casino opponents used a sledgehammer Tuesday to break apart a slot machine they had set up in a park outside the state Capitol.The opponents to this fall’s Proposition One – which would permit up to seven new, Las Vegas-style casinos in the state – say they are left to such public relations efforts as they battle…

He’s back.Gov. Cuomo, a frequent visitor to these parts, returns today for two public events.At 9:15 a.m., he is scheduled to tour the Buffalo harbor’s development projects at Canalside. Thirty-five minutes later, at 9:50 a.m., the schedule called for the governor to participate in the groundbreaking for the new University at Buffalo medical school, at Main and High st…

A decision by State Education Commissioner John King to cancel a community meeting focused on new state curriculum standards has angered parents and teachers who hoped to air their concerns at the Williamsville event next week.The town hall-style meeting was one of four across the state that King canceled after he was met with criticism and shouting during the question-and…

ALBANY – Days after a federal judge said an unpaid intern did not have the same protections as paid employees against workplace sexual harassment, a state lawmaker has introduced legislation to end what has been described as a dangerous loophole in the state’s human rights laws.Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, wants to end sexual harassment episodes in which emp…

When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy declined last week to address the second-in-command’s future on the 2014 statewide ticket, it was almost like shouting, “Let the speculation games begin.”So amid reports that the popular former Rochester mayor might return home to head the Rochester Business Alliance, political observers are already floating name…

The state Republican Party’s chairman is not biting on a report today that some Republicans are hoping to convince Donald Trump to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year. The New York Post said Rochester area Assemblyman Bill Nojay is circulating a memo among fellow Republicans outlining why Trump, who could self-finance a statewide campaign, is the best hope of the GOP…

State Education Commissioner John King on Saturday canceled appearances at four upcoming PTA-sponsored community meetings, following a barrage of criticism from raucous parents and teachers Thursday in Poughkeepsie.The state tour was intended to promote the newly implemented Common Core standards, and had included a stop at Williamsville North High School on Oct. 24.King, …

Smokers who enjoy a cigarette in the great outdoors can hack a sigh of relief.A state judge in Albany on Friday ordered state parks officials to stop enforcing their recent ban on outdoor smoking in state parks, agreeing with a smokers’ rights group that the state exceeded its authority in imposing the ban.State Supreme Court Justice George Ceresia Jr. ruled that the reg…

ALBANY – In two straight State of the State addresses, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made expansion of casino gambling one of his major themes.Last spring, in pushing lawmakers to go along with his plan to permit up to seven new casinos, Cuomo spoke regularly and forcefully about the economic-development potential that new casinos would have on upstate.But now, in the thick of th…

A dramatic shakeup Wednesday at Erie County’s Child Protective Services is an attempt to ensure that two tragedies of the past 19 months are not repeated and to hold accountable people charged with protecting the welfare of children.Following the beating deaths of two boys under the eye of the county agency that is supposed to protect abused and neglected children, Erie …

Interest remains exceptionally high among those wanting to explore the insurance offerings on New York’s online health care marketplace, according to state officials.After a first-day crush of more than 10 million hits on the website, the capacity of nystateofhealth.ny.gov was doubled, according to the program’s executive director, Donna Frescatore.In a statement late …

ALBANY – A state judge next week will hear arguments in a lawsuit that contends the state has illegally expended funds promoting a casino expansion plan that the Cuomo administration is asking voters to approve next month in a statewide referendum.The new litigation, filed in State Supreme Court in Albany, contends the state Board of Elections spent money on state worker…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is turning to former Gov. George E. Pataki, who in 1994 drove Cuomo’s father out of the governor’s mansion using the state’s high taxes as a chief campaign weapon, to help him devise ideas for cutting property and other taxes across the state.The governor, who is especially fond of appointing task forces and commissions to study variou…