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In the largest down payment on his Buffalo billion-dollar commitment, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this morning announced the creation of a clean-energy research campus on 90 acres of land along the Buffalo River that will include two tenants investing $750 million apiece to create a total of 850 jobs. The initiative will be dubbed Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub @ …

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In the largest down payment on his Buffalo billion-dollar commitment, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this morning will announce the creation of a clean-energy research campus on 90 acres of land along the Buffalo River that will include two initial tenants moving from California to create 850 jobs.-----Live updates at 10:30 a.m.: Get the latest from today’s announcement on Buffalo…

Politics

One week after President Obama offered to let people keep their canceled health insurance plans for another year – if their insurers agreed to renew those plans – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced they won’t have the chance in New York.Insurers here had been waiting for instructions on how to proceed since Thursday, when the president responded to heavy criticism by…

ALBANY – The state affiliate of the National Rifle Association has asked a federal judge in Buffalo to schedule a hearing to outline its case in public against New York’s SAFE Act gun-control law.The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association petitioned U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, who is considering the group’s lawsuit against the state over the gun and …

ALBANY – The nation’s largest trucking trade group is suing to end New York Thruway drivers paying to operate the state’s canal system.The American Trucking Association is asking a federal court in Manhattan to halt the practice that has seen more than $1.2 billion worth of Thruway toll revenues over two decades diverted to pay for the Erie Canal and other waterways …

Erie County

In the wake of the horrific deaths of two children, a number of witnesses Thursday told a State Assembly panel about other children they said were beaten and abused and how Erie County Child Protective Services failed to take action.They included: • A mother telling of how her ex-husband made home movies of their son and another boy play-acting scenes in which the son w…

Erie County

ALBANY – Can Buffalo become the Tinseltown of upstate?That’s the hope of local economic development officials after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo late Wednesday night vetoed a bill that critics say would have watered down a tax credit passed just seven months ago to lure film production crews to economically battered communities like Buffalo.By Thursday morning, Buffalo film o…

ALBANY – On the day his economic development agency proposed emergency rules to implement his START-UP NY program, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said hundreds of companies have expressed an interest in getting tax-free benefits in return for locating start-up businesses on college campuses.“It will sell itself,’’ Cuomo said Wednesday of the tax-free program that was approve…

Enrollment in New York’s health insurance exchange is meeting initial hopes for the program, according to local, state and national health care experts who assessed the latest enrollment data released Tuesday.The 48,162 people who have signed up for coverage through the state exchange – including hundreds in this region – are a sign that New York’s exchange website…

ALBANY – Upstate is pitted against upstate over expanded tax breaks for the movie industry, a controversy that has put Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the referee’s seat, with a decision due today.At issue is whether to allow another 14 counties – in addition to the 40 counties approved in March – to offer extra state tax breaks to help lure film companies to economically …

A potential settlement could be close in the state Public Service Commission’s rate case with National Fuel Gas Co. and its probe into whether it should recover “excess” profits that the Amherst-based utility earned over the last few years and refund them to customers.Six of the seven parties involved in the case have reached an agreement in principle and are seeking…

More than 48,000 people have enrolled in New York’s health insurance exchange since it opened for business Oct. 1, the State Health Department announced today.State officials say 48,162 people have enrolled in the exchange, an increase of about 11,000 from the 37,000 who had enrolled as of Oct. 23.In addition, another 197,011 New Yorkers have completed the application pr…

The state sex offender registry will now include multiple photographs of each of its 36,336 current and future occupants.“Expanding New York’s Sex Offender Registry to include multiple photographs helps ensure that we are providing the most accurate and up-to-date information on offenders living in the state,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement Monday.Right now…

Local News

Carl P. Paladino has a message for New York’s Republican Party: Find a candidate for governor next year who is well-known, well-financed and truly “Republican,” or he will run on the Conservative Party line himself.If he were to run as a Conservative candidate for governor, his campaign could wreak havoc with the state GOP.“We have to have that kind of candidate or…

Buffalo

The new Arctic Edge habitat for Buffalo’s polar bears will not have a mortgage.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is announcing today that the state is providing the final $750,000 needed to finance the $14 million project.Renovation of the habitat is part of a larger zoo capital campaign that also included $4 million for a new entrance. With the new money in place, the zoo will move …