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ALBANY – The co-chairs of the governor's Western New York regional economic development council are criticizing state lawmakers for insisting that "inappropriate” levels of information about the personal finances of members of the advisory panels be made public. The 10 regional councils around the state advise the Cuomo administration on how to spend $750 million a …

ALBANY – Nearly 4,000 minors were married in New York between 2000 and 2010, and more than 84 percent of those were girls married to adult men. Currently, 14 is the minimum age someone can get married in New York, with parental consent and court approval. Those 16 or 17 are permitted to marry with just parental or guardian consent. A couple weeks after advocates…

ALBANY – Refugee resettlement agencies stand to lose a lot of money if President Trump gets his way and halts all refugees coming into the country for 120 days. His original executive order may have been struck down, but with Trump prepared to issue a new order Wednesday, the agencies and state lawmakers are making a push for $12 million to help them. The agencies …

A 3-D printing start-up company founded by a father-son team in Amherst has drawn the attention of Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. Hochul plans to visit Vader Systems at its headquarters in Uniland Development Co.'s CrossPoint Business Park at 1 p.m. today. The founders of Vader Systems, Zack Vader and his father, Scott, have developed an efficient, low-cost method of 3-D liquid…

ALBANY – New Yorkers increasingly and overwhelmingly have an unfavorable view of President Trump, while Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is seeing his standing among New Yorkers rise to its highest levels in two years, according to a new poll released Monday morning. The Siena College Research Institute said 68 percent of poll respondents in blue state New York believe Trump is d…

State Sen. Tim Kennedy believes communities must make a stake to keep state money coming to their regions. So Kennedy on Friday brought leaders of about a dozen organizations to speak out in support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed $500 million in state money for another round of projects. As a follow up to what was called the Buffalo Billion, this new round of fundi…

President Trump’s executive order to rescind the bathroom policy for transgender students punts the controversial decision back into the hands of the states. And New York is doubling down. The state’s attorney general and education commissioner objected on Thursday to the president’s latest executive order and reminded school districts they are obligated by sta…

New York State will consider other sites for a lodge near Niagara Falls, the local chief of Empire State Development said Wednesday, after local officials criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to build a lodge on Goat Island. But Sam Hoyt said local officials who believe, based on conversations with him, that the Goat Island lodge proposal is dead haven't got the stor…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo embraced the spread of state-sanctioned gambling during his first six years in office, from expanded lottery and commercial casinos to daily fantasy sports wagering. One of the outcomes, though, was that churches, fire halls and veterans’ posts that run bingo games, raffles and other games of chance suffered with the saturation of new gamb…

A defamation trial against Carl Paladino and Michael Caputo has been scheduled to begin in New York City next month. The trial stems from a lawsuit filed by former Libertarian candidate for governor, Warren Redlich. It is slated to start March 29 in New York City, according to court records. Redlich's lawsuit accuses Paladino, Caputo and Republican strategist Roger …

ALBANY – There are no specific plans to bring a cashless toll system to the upstate portions of the Thruway even though it now operates at the Tappan Zee Bridge between Rockland and Westchester counties, a Cuomo administration official told lawmakers Wednesday. “We’ve looked at it. We have no plans at the moment,’’ Bill Finch, the acting executive director of …

New York’s age of consent to become an organ donor drops from 18 to 16 years old under a new law that takes effect Tuesday. New York has the nation’s lowest percentage of registered organ donors, and waiting lists for some organs, such as kidneys, can stretch years. New teen drivers applying for permits and licenses had been unable to check a box indicating their en…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo counts on $1.2 billion in "fiscal gimmicks" to keep spending growth below 2 percent in his proposed 2017 state budget, a government watchdog agency said Monday. The financial maneuverings mask the true nature of the budget’s growth, said the Citizens Budget Commission. The true level of state spending would rise by 3.2 percent withou…

ALBANY – U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara today asked a federal judge to temporarily hold in abeyance a new defense motion to dismiss corruption charges against three former LPCiminelli executives. Two days after lawyers for the three  defendants asked that the criminal charges against them be dropped – or that the future trial be held in Buffalo and not Manhattan – B…