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ALBANY – Meet the “extreme conservatives” from Western New York, the politicians who by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s definition and suggestion might have “no place in New York.”They serve in the State Legislature and have names like Maziarz, Gallivan, Young, Schimminger and Goodell.After the governor publicly railed last week that “extreme conservatives” who don’t share his view…

The Hollywood Reporter described the fund raising event featuring big time movie executives staged in Los Angeles Thursday evening as “high wattage.”And there is no doubt the governor’s campaign fund managers will describe the result as “big bucks.”The California entertainment industry publication reports today that Cuomo raised about $600,000 at the event, held at the hom…

There is no gas or diesel available at the Scottsville Service Area, located on the eastbound Thruway between Exits 47 and 46. Motorists in need of fuel can obtain it at either the Pembroke Service Area, located between Exits 48A and 48, or the Clifton Springs Service Area, located between Exits 43 and 42. Restaurant and restroom services are still available at Scottsvill…

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A critical NFTA board on Thursday posed questions of “basic fairness” over Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s new state budget proposal that they say ignores the needs of upstate’s only light-rail operation.While commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority took no official action, the board’s vice chairman rapped the Cuomo administration, the area’s legislative dele…

Critics may lampoon Andrew Cuomo’s call for public funding of campaigns after the governor has raised more than $33 million – and counting – to scare off challengers.But that’s no different from gun-control advocates who nevertheless believe in having a gun: Common sense says you don’t disarm until you’re sure that everyone else has, too. Cuomo wouldn’t be smart enough to …

Critics of the way the state has rolled out new learning standards in schools got high-placed help from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this week when he called the implementation “flawed.”Cuomo, in his budget address, made his most critical statements to date on the way the state has managed the new Common Core State Standards as he called for a panel of educators and lawmakers to e…

A special state team is being sent to West Seneca to help homeowners and businesses affected by recent flooding.Governor Andrew M. Cuomo sent the Mobile Command Center to West Seneca to help assist the affected homeowners and businesses with insurance-related issues.The state representatives will be inside the agency’s Mobile Command Center at Winchester Community Church, …

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo offered lawmakers a fiscal olive branch Tuesday with a $137.2 billion election year spending plan – giving Republicans property and corporate tax breaks, while handing Democrats tax reductions for apartment renters and eventually reductions for lower-income property taxpayers.The governor, as is his style, praised lawmakers for helping with th…

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The Buffalo Billion is funded and ready to go. With Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s pledge Tuesday to provide the remaining $680 million to fill out the $1 billion he pledged for his signature economic-development program, the path is cleared to take the Buffalo Billion from a concept to reality.“Great stuff,” said Howard A. Zemsky, the Buffalo developer who is the governor’s point…

Politics

Donald J. Trump may have gained the most important supporter yet in his increasingly focused bid for this year’s Republican nomination for governor.Carl P. Paladino, the 2010 GOP candidate, said Tuesday he left a Manhattan meeting with other upstate Republicans and Trump on Monday convinced that the billionaire real estate developer and TV star represents the party’s best …

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday proposed keeping Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s state funding stable during the next fiscal year.Cuomo’s proposed state budget includes $103 million in state support for the comprehensive cancer center.The proposed Roswell Park funding includes “local assistance funds” to replace an expiring $25 million capital grant to the institute.Roswel…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing a 1.35 percent increase in assistance for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority – far below the level that local transit officials sought for a system they insist remains underfunded.NFTA officials had sought a 5 percent increase in the operating-assistance portion of the overall budget, and acknowledged that the goal was not reali…

Education

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gave significant attention to higher education when he was first elected, and that may be part of the reason that higher education drew barely a mention in his 2014 budget address Tuesday.Four years ago, students at state universities and colleges regularly faced unexpected and substantial tuition increases. But in 2011, his first year in office, Cuomo…

Education

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to boost state spending on education by 3.8 percent next year, with more money for expanded prekindergarten, teacher bonuses and after-school programs. But when it comes to the basic state aid used to keep schools running, administrators were disappointed Tuesday when they looked at district-by-district numbers. “I’ve got to believe that there’s …