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ALBANY – The largest state government workers union Monday filed two federal lawsuits against the State Thruway Authority, alleging the agency’s April layoffs illegally targeted only unionized workers.The Civil Service Employees Association brought its action on behalf of 99 CSEA members who were either fired, forced into retirement or took lower-paying jobs at the age…

ALBANY – You can’t drink and drive, or text and drive, and now it is illegal to be a tax scofflaw and drive.A new program approved in this year’s budget kicked in Monday, allowing New York State to suspend the licenses of drivers who are delinquent by more than $10,000 on their state taxes.“Our message is simple: Tax scofflaws who don’t abide by the same rules as…

Business

Empire apples just got some new competition in New York State.DragonSnap and RubyFrost, formerly known as “NY1” and “NY2,” were dubbed with their official names Thursday after years of development and testing through Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.The two new apples join a long Cornell tradition, which has created 68…

Erie County

ALBANY – Sometime before midnight Wednesday, without fanfare or ceremony, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed measures that extended or increased local sales tax levies in nearly two dozen counties around the state.It was another biennial action that no governor really wants to take, as it allows counties to collect hundreds of millions of dollars from local taxpayers. The appro…

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…

Buffalo

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…

Politics

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…

Erie County

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…

Hamburg

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…

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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…

Niagara County

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…