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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday would not say if he thinks U.S. Rep. Chris Collins should resign following Collins' indictment on federal charges tied to alleged insider trading and lying to the FBI. But the Democratic governor, who has frequently verbally sparred with the Republican congressman over Trump administration policies, was clear about the job Collins …

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Trying to get re-elected while facing criminal charges is a tough task, especially for sitting members of Congress. Chris Collins, the Clarence Republican indicted Wednesday on insider trading charges, is at least the 25th sitting member of Congress since 1987 to have been indicted while in office. Collins, who called the charges against him "meritless," said he will…

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NEW YORK – Rep. Chris Collins told a federal judge "I plead not guilty" Wednesday afternoon at his arraignment in Manhattan on insider trading charges. Judge Vernon Broderick set bail at $500,000 for Collins and his son, Cameron. The congressman was also told he also must surrender his diplomatic license and any firearms he might own. The judge set Oct. 11 for a status …

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ALBANY – Activist Cynthia Nixon will take her Democratic primary challenge against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to Buffalo Tuesday for a series of gatherings. Nixon and Cuomo, in outreach modes targeting left-leaning Democratic voters, have been spending the majority of their campaign time in New York City, in advance of the Sept. 13 gubernatorial primary. With campaign even…

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ALBANY – Democratic gubernatorial primary opponents Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and activist Cynthia Nixon could face off in a one-on-one debate later this month. Or not. For fans of déjà vu experiences, the current debate over debates between Cuomo and Nixon is a re-run of the 2014 campaign when Cuomo refused numerous calls to debate his then-opponent – Zephyr Teachout – i…

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ALBANY – A University at Buffalo academic official has been appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to help the administration draft legislation legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. R. Lorraine Collins, an associate dean for research at UB, is among 20 people Cuomo said will provide assistance in writing a bill that the administration will send to lawmakers to consid…

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ALBANY – Since the State Legislature ended its session six weeks ago, there have been convictions of four men tied to the Buffalo Billion bid-rigging case, the extortion and bribery guilty verdicts of a former Senate majority leader and the prison sentencing of a former Assembly leader. And it's not just the usual government watchdog groups expressing frustration. “N…

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ALBANY – New York will seek to halt a Texas organization from making 3D-printable gun designs available on the internet to people in the state, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday. The Trump administration reached a legal settlement with Defense Distributed to permit the company to make downloadable 3D printing designs – technically beginning on Wednesday – available in t…

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ALBANY – One gubernatorial candidate has a clear vision about what should be done with New York State’s assortment of economic development programs: end them all. Stephanie Miner, a registered Democrat and the former Syracuse mayor running for governor as an independent this fall, says the state should cease operating a host of economic development efforts because, she …

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ALBANY – Normally in New York, elections are held, winners get declared and losers go home. But this year, an array of "what if" possibilities in the race for governor has party leaders preparing for domino scenarios following the Sept. 13 statewide primary. They include: Could a minor party line become a spoiler? Could the battle for left-leaning voters open th…

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ALBANY – The first public poll of likely voters in the September Democratic gubernatorial primary has Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with a sizable lead over rival Cynthia Nixon. Siena College said Cuomo leads that race among Democrats by a 60-29 percent margin over Nixon, an activist and actress. Fifty-four percent of likely Democratic voters surveyed gave Cuomo a positive jo…

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ALBANY – A former top adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday had his sentencing date for his conviction in a bribery scheme delayed until a week after the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial primary. Joseph Percoco, convicted earlier this year of trading his powerful job with Cuomo for cash from companies with business before the state government, will be sentenced on…

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ALBANY – A Buffalo businessman who pleaded guilty in the Buffalo Billion bid rigging case will be sentenced for his role in the corruption scheme in five months. U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan set Dec. 7 as the sentencing date for Kevin Schuler, a former top executive at LPCiminelli, which had been a giant in the Buffalo construction industry…

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When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo notched his ninth Western New York appearance over six weeks in 2013, Buffalo Niagara Partnership President Dottie Gallagher-Cohen offered a telling observation about the area’s frequent visitor. “You’ve been here so often I almost think you should get a place here,” she quipped during an event that July. The governor appears to have no need…

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ALBANY — A who's who of longtime insiders to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his late father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, have written letters to a federal judge asking her to be lenient when she sentences Joseph Percoco next month on his bribery conviction earlier this year. Notably not on the list of letter writers: Andrew Cuomo, who once said Percoco, his longtime personal, go…