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About 32,000 students would benefit from the state's new tuition-free scholarship program for State University of New York colleges, the Cuomo administration projects. Roughly 180,000 students attending SUNY colleges or universities currently pay no tuition, because it's fully covered by the state's Tuition Assistance Program and federal PELL grants, according to Robert…

For years, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took a hard-line approach to reforming New York's schools, calling on the state to mandate rigorous evaluations for teachers and to turn schools that fail to meet certain standards over to an outside receiver to operate. Now, the governor appears to have stepped back from the reform agenda he touted when he first took office. During a…

The move of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center from West Seneca to the grounds of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center is proceeding, but that hasn’t prevented two legislators from trying to stop it. Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns Tuesday asked for a federal investigation into deaths at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Documents obtained under the Freedom…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will visit the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on Tuesday morning to talk about the recently approved state budget. Cuomo is scheduled to be at the Rev. Dr. Bennett W. Smith Sr. Family Life Center on Michigan Avenue at 10 a.m. The newly passed $163 billion state budget includes provisions on a number of high-profile issues, including: Free …

ALBANY – It is the latest a state budget has been adopted since 2010, but the Senate late Sunday night gave final approval to a $163.2 billion spending plan for the next year. The budget was due April 1, and is the third in a row to be late. The Senate reconvened Sunday evening after bolting Albany last Wednesday amid a breakdown in talks. Senators said they would …

State aid for New York’s schools will increase by more than $1 billion, which is more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo originally proposed. That’s the good news for districts. The bad news is that not every school district will see an increase, and for those that do, it may not be nearly as much as they had hoped to catch up from years of past cuts. One superintendent refe…

ALBANY – Agreement was reached late Friday night on a $163 billion state budget, a plan that will raise and cut public college tuition depending on income level, give higher-than-inflation aid hikes to public schools and spreads hundreds of millions of dollars around in pork barrel spending. “I am proud of it,’’ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said of the budget deal he a…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $153 billion budget deal on Friday evening, which includes ride-hailing for upstate New York. Among the other agreements are the "raise the age" provision, education aid totaling $26 billion and $750 million for regional economic development councils. "This Legislature has done the best work that I've seen as governor," Cuomo said. C…

One of the few budget bills that did pass in the state Legislature this week put millions of extra dollars into the coffers of communities that lost tax revenues following the closing of power plants in the Town of Tonawanda and in Dunkirk. The closure of the Huntley Power Station was cushioned this year by the state's Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation F…

ALBANY – Bills to extend New York's spending through the end of May include funding for the full Buffalo Billion II. The $500 million is funded totally in extension measures that will carry the state through to May 31. As of late Monday, prospects for the timing of a budget's passage remained unclear. Unable to close a final budget deal, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and…

As state lawmakers move closer to finalizing a new budget for the coming year, it looks as though the Buffalo Public Schools could get a big lift in funding. That will go a long way helping pay for the ambitious education agenda put forth by Superintendent Kriner Cash, as well as the cost of a the new teacher contract approved in October. Part of the bump will likely…

State officials and the consultant studying sites for a new Buffalo train station are pushing back against key elements of Rep. Brian Higgins' argument for locating the facility at Central Terminal. While saying they are not taking sides in the increasingly contentious debate over whether the train station should be at that East Side historic landmark or downtown, state…

ALBANY – Legislators are back at the Capitol Saturday afternoon hoping to start passing fiscal bills one day after state budget negotiations fell apart, the state's new fiscal year began, and the budget became late. The props are all set. There are the guards, the food to keep people energized, and electronic vote tally machines turned on. The lobbyists are in their p…

Democrats ready to capitalize on the GOP’s health care debacle have the perfect opportunity to remind folks that government can work for people. There’s just one problem: First you have to make sure government works – especially the government that you run. In this bluest of states, the ongoing failures of both the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the Cuomo admin…