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ALBANY – The nation’s bitter, partisan divide was on full display the past two days on the floors of the state Assembly and Senate, with Democrats and Republicans in full feuding mode over one person: President Trump. Democrats, in firm control of both houses, ruled both days. On Tuesday, lawmakers passed a bill to permit state prosecutors to bring criminal cases aga…

Politics

ALBANY – Eighteen years ago, Nick Langworthy, after his sophomore year at Niagara University, walked into an unassuming brick building here at 315 State St. as an intern for the state Republican Party. At the time, the state GOP enjoyed power perches in the governor’s office and New York State Senate, and it had 500,000 more enrolled GOP voters than it does today. On…

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ALBANY – State legislators in New York have commenced a new legal maneuver to get President Trump's New York State tax information into the hands of Congress. The move comes just days after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told congressional investigators he would not comply with a subpoena to turn over the president's personal tax returns. State lawmakers pushing…

Business

ALBANY – Millions of New York City tenants over the years have enjoyed some level of stability in their monthly rent thanks to protections given by state lawmakers and governors over the decades. Now, there is a push by some Democratic lawmakers to bolster residential tenants across the state, a move that advocates say will afford tenants more security against evictions…

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A group of veteran boaters in the Safe Harbor Marina office at Buffalo Harbor reacted with incredulous laughter, sarcastic sighs and swearing Thursday to a proposed state law that would require all owners of motorized boats to take a safety course, no matter how long they've been on the water. But then Lancaster's Ron Rabent walked in. "I think everyone should have one,…

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ALBANY – After two decades of widely expanded state-sanctioned gambling opportunities in New York, officials with the Cuomo administration now want to find out what kind of societal problems have been created by the gambling explosion. The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, known as OASAS, recently issued a request for bids for a statewide gambling…

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ALBANY – Owners of motorized boats – from row boats with small outboards to large cabin cruisers – will be required under a new deal at the state Capitol to take a boating safety course no matter how many years they’ve been on the water. The measure seeks to push boaters in their mid-20s and older to take a certified safety class – which can be done online in a couple h…

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ALBANY – The Cuomo administration is not officially declaring dead – not yet anyway – a new legislative effort at the Capitol to legalize mobile sports betting in New York. Robert Williams, the head of the administration’s New York State Gaming Commission, told a Senate racing and wagering committee Monday that officials are still examining new amendments to a sports be…

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ALBANY – In the 6,200 words it took to compose Senate bill 5072A and an accompanying memo explaining its need, the words “Donald Trump” do not appear. Nor do the words “President of the United States.” The bill, being called the Trust Act, is intentionally broad, but it has a single target: Trump. It seeks to provide a means – via the New York State tax commissioner …

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday said suggestions that he needs to take an active role twisting legislators’ arms “is a problem” because it shows a lack of support among lawmakers to legalize marijuana in the remaining weeks of the 2019 session. “They told me they had the votes," Cuomo said in an interview Friday on WXXI, a Rochester public radio station. An e…

Bills

ALBANY – Through more than four hours of testimony during a legislative hearing Wednesday on how sports betting might work in New York State, stakeholders – from the NFL to upstate casinos to NHL players – all had their own ideas. Pro sports leagues want only their data to be used when guiding how betting outcomes are determined. They also want to collect royalty paymen…

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ALBANY – State legislation newly tweaked by its sponsors would specifically authorize the Seneca Nation and two other tribes in New York with casinos to offer mobile sports betting to consumers anywhere within the borders of the state. The bill would mean a bettor in Buffalo or anywhere else in New York could make bets on pro and college sports from their smartphone, la…

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ALBANY – Lawmakers say they have reached a deal to permit school districts to use cameras to catch drivers who fail to stop when students are boarding or getting off buses. “We have to put in place measures to keep our kids safe,’’ said State Sen. Tim Kennedy, a Buffalo Democrat who chairs the Senate transportation committee. He said he and Assemblyman William Magnarell…

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ALBANY – A dozen years ago, then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer launched an effort to let undocumented immigrants obtain New York driver's licenses. Spitzer, who had sour relations with the Legislature at the time, took a do-it-myself approach to push the license plan – an effort that sputtered and died within a couple of months in the face of sharp opposition from many lawmakers, …

State

ALBANY – The all Democratic-run State Legislature continued its policy change march Tuesday, with lawmakers pressing ahead with long-stalled environmental measures that could affect everything from the chemical composition of toys to constitutional guarantees for clean air and water in New York State. Lawmakers passed bills to try to reduce bird deaths via flying into b…