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A new political landscape is taking shape in New York State following the weekend endorsement of actress-activist Cynthia Nixon for governor by the Working Families Party, the left-leaning group that traditionally stands with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The fracture in the long-standing partnership between Democrats and the labor-oriented party creates the potential for Nixon…

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ALBANY – “Hard core politics” and “extraordinary pressure” from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo drove the timing of last week’s decision for warring Senate Democrats to unite, a move prodded by pressure the governor is feeling from his challenge by activist Cynthia Nixon, according to the Senate’s top Republican. “Did I think it was going to last longer? Sure. Was I hoping it was …

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Lawyers for the Seneca Nation of Indians sued New York State on Thursday, charging that the state broke federal laws more than 60 years ago when it built a 2.7-mile section of the Thruway through Seneca territory in southern Erie County. The lawsuit filed in Buffalo's federal court demands that the state compensate the Senecas for its use of the land, and it also seeks …

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ALBANY – Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon have a new issue to fight over: recreational use of marijuana. Nixon, the actress and activist who is challenging Cuomo in a Democratic primary for governor this year, on Wednesday released a video calling for New York to join a handful of other states that have relaxed marijuana laws. Nixon said regulating and taxing marijuana…

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If your kids are taking the state standardized test in English language arts this week, or in math next month, don’t be surprised to find out they’re not as skilled in either subject as New York thinks they should be. Most kids aren’t. While that can vary from school to school and grade to grade, on average a little more than a third of all students who took the grad…

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New York Republicans have looked across the aisle in search of a candidate to challenge Democratic incumbent Thomas P. DiNapoli for state comptroller this year. Jonathan Trichter, a Democratic campaign operative who has worked for top Democratic candidates like former Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer and New York City mayoral candidate Mark J. Green, announced he will seek the GOP…

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ALBANY – Five days after a deal was struck to unite Senate Democrats after years of internecine warfare, would-be donors were being reminded Monday of a fundraiser this week to fund the campaign operations of the defunct Independent Democratic Conference. The fundraising appeal helped to spread speculation, especially on social media sites, that the unification arrangem…

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ALBANY – In a bow to reactive governing, topics that were major local and national news items in communities around the state over the past year were ripped from the headlines and inserted in some way or another into the new $168.3 billion spending plan. Anti-gang violence on Long Island: done. New sexual harassment laws: done. Money for low-income housing in New …

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ALBANY – When officials in late fall started to put all the pieces of a new state budget together for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to present in January, the gloomy talk started coming out of the Capitol’s first floor where his budget staff is based. The state, officials warned, faced a looming $4.4 billion deficit. Put in perspective, that’s almost what is spent each year on N…

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For all the political advantages New York Democrats have enjoyed in recent years, they never succeeded for any length of time in ruling the upper house of the State Legislature. Even in overwhelmingly Democratic New York, the last bastion of Republican power in Albany remains the Senate. But the GOP’s long control may be facing extinction. While political stars, moon…

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ALBANY – The former head of a breakaway group of Senate Democrats said Thursday he is at peace with a deal to unify warring Senate Democrats – even if it sharply reduces his power in Albany. “I’m confident we’ll be able to get a lot more done in a Democratic majority," Sen. Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat who agreed Wednesday to end the life of the Independent Democratic C…

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ALBANY – Long-feuding state Senate Democrats have brokered a framework deal to reunite, which Democrats claim will bolster the party’s prospects for taking control from Republicans of the 63-member chamber. And this time, they say it’s real. Following a Democratic “unity meeting" Tuesday in Manhattan, attended by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Democratic Senate leaders and to…

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Marcus J. Molinaro knows all too well that his GOP has failed to elect a statewide candidate since back in 2002, that Democrats far outnumber Republicans in New York, and that “the path ahead is not simple or easy.” But just two days into his brand-new candidacy for governor against a powerful incumbent, the Dutchess County executive made it clear Wednesday in Buffalo t…

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A day or so before the state budget was passed last week, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, a Kenmore Democrat, stopped by the Capitol's press room to share with a reporter details about three recipients of his successful pork barrel requests that he said will support entrepreneurship to global trade efforts. The Canisius College Center for Professional Development and the…

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ALBANY – State residents who pay close attention to how Albany operates should be familiar by now with the names of the elected officials who decide how their money gets spent. But if they really want to understand, they should get to know SAM. The State and Municipal Facilities Program, or SAM, as the pork barrel program goes by in Albany, found itself last week in …