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ALBANY – When it comes to devising a plan to fix the state’s massive Medicaid deficit, the Cuomo administration has been, by many accounts, kicking the can down the road. And after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last week presented his 2020 spending plan, including ideas to solve the Medicaid financial crisis, critics say that tumbling can has shown no sign of slowing down. Co…

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ALBANY – The state will invest in new capital programs, expand education and Medicaid by 3% apiece, and offer free public college tuition to more families – all while closing a $6.1 billion deficit that is the state’s worst in 10 years, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed Tuesday in his 2021 budget plan. How, precisely, the deficit will be erased is being partly punted down t…

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ALBANY – Fiscal watchdogs believe Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo should have acted sooner, and more boldly, in addressing the state’s multi-billion dollar deficit that appeared last year. In his recent State of the State address, Cuomo spent just 3% of his 75 minutes discussing the deficit, and he did so broadly and without any specific stated plans to address the $6.2 billion sh…

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ALBANY – Shortly before efforts to legalize marijuana failed in the State Senate last June, the measure’s sponsor made a dire prediction: The issue would be dead in 2020. State Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, believed then that lawmakers would fear taking on such a controversial issue in an election year. “I’ve changed my mind,’’ Krueger said last week. Th…

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ALBANY – More than 3,600 people in 48 hours applied this week to obtain their New York birth certificates under a new law that permits adults who were adopted as children to obtain the documents about their birth parents, state officials said Friday. Access to the records, allowed under the law that became effective Wednesday, was the result of a long, hard-fought battl…

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ALBANY – They might be taking the state on a leftward-leaning march, but Democrats who have controlled the State Senate for the past year are attracting a steady lineup of corporate and other interests that once were big bankrollers of Republicans in Albany. The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee in the past six months brought in big donations from beer companies, the…

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ALBANY – A package of bills designed to improve limousine safety was agreed to Tuesday by state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. With families from two especially horrific limousine crashes on hand for the deal and passage by both legislative houses Tuesday, lawmakers said the 10 bills will make New York among the nation's strictest for the limousine industry. Rec…

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ALBANY – The state failed to bill four commercial casinos in upstate for state-performed work intended to ensure those facilities are operating in compliance with New York laws and regulations, a new audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found. The audit, revealing that oversight payments were made by video lottery terminal and Indian casino operators but not t…

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ALBANY – For most of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State address, the county officials from across the state who assembled in a state convention hall here could politely clap as they listened to the governor and soaked in the political trappings of the annual event. Until the 45th minute. On a dime, Cuomo pivoted to talk of the state’s “significant” deficit. Th…

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It was another big State of the State show put on by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this week for his State of the State address. Loads of audio/visual aids, peppy introductions, soaring rhetoric, bold pronouncements of his accomplishments and verbal bows to everyone and, well, everyone. “Faith leaders, stand up,’’ Cuomo said pointing to a group in the audience during the Wednesd…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday outlined a vision for New York State in 2020 that does everything from legalizing marijuana to borrowing billions of dollars to improve and clean up a host of environmental matters. The governor called that a “robust agenda,” one that was cheered by his supporters. His opponents called it something else: more of the same and none …

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is starting his 10th year in office, and in his annual State of the State message Wednesday he is proposing to enact another broad array of ideas, from allowing paid gestational surrogacy to offering hundreds of new places where New Yorkers can legally drink alcohol. Environment Cuomo wants to ban single-use foam containers and foam pack…

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ALBANY – The fate of the men convicted in the Buffalo Billion bidding scandal could become a bit clearer in early March when a federal appeals court considers oral arguments by defense lawyers and prosecutors before ruling in a case that highlighted Albany’s pay-to-play culture. The case is set to be heard by a three-judge federal appeals panel sometime during the week …

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ALBANY – Assembly Republicans moved quickly Tuesday to name William Barclay, an Oswego County lawyer, as their new leader to replace Brian Kolb a week after Kolb's drunken driving arrest. Barclay, first elected to his Assembly post in 2002, lives in Pulaski, a Lake Ontario community, and his law practice salary makes him among the top outside earners in the Assembly. Hi…

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ALBANY – Democrats in the State Legislature are sharply divided along largely liberal-versus-moderate lines over whether to undo parts of a controversial new law limiting the use of cash bail in most criminal cases in New York State. With headline-grabbing accounts of potentially dangerous individuals getting released from jail under the new statute popping up across th…