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ALBANY – Marc Molinaro recalls with fanfare Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2010 campaign in which he talked about revitalizing a state government hit with scandal after scandal. “We expected a new day. Instead, we got a new normal," Molinaro said Monday as he launched his Republican Party campaign to try to unseat Cuomo this fall after his two terms in office. Molinaro, 42, …

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ALBANY – State lawmakers have reversed a plan by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that would have curtailed state tax credits that help support key historic preservation efforts in Buffalo and other upstate areas. The reversal keeps intact millions in annual tax breaks that have incentivized restorations like the Richardson-Olmsted project and the Hotel @ The Lafayette. In Janua…

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ALBANY – In a mix of frenzied bill passing and sitting around throughout the day and night Friday, state lawmakers early Saturday morning adopted a new state budget that hikes state education aid by more than the inflation rate, rejects hundreds of millions in tax increases proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and sets new policies for the handling of workplace sexual harassme…

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ALBANY – The state budget is done. Except it’s not. That’s the claim Thursday morning from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, who said every item in the budget has been agreed to by the sides, but a final deal is being held up by a Brooklyn senator who is insisting on non-fiscal education policy changes. “I’m not Moses. I’m not Jesus. I’m not that po…

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A final state budget deal in the works Friday appears not to include an expansion of the statute of limitations in child abuse civil and criminal cases. Advocates of the Child Victims Act had hoped to get it passed this spring and it had been part of the negotiations between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers over the state budget. But by late Thursday, it appeared t…

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Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo limped through another day Thursday trying to cobble together a new state budget, as a self-imposed deadline of midday Friday rapidly approached. A range of last-minute snags developed during the day as Cuomo and lawmakers – who are all facing re-election contests this year – pressed to get items included, and tossed, from the final bu…

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Gun control, transparency over school funding and housing matters were among issues still being negotiated Wednesday in Albany as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers tried once again to close down a new state budget in advance of a self-imposed Friday deadline as religious holidays loom. The governor, in a play tried before, dangled the prospects of a pay raise for legis…

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ALBANY – Just when you thought Albany could not get any weirder ... Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who rarely has a nice word for the media, leapt into action Wednesday to spring a New York Daily News reporter who had been arrested by state troopers for using a cellphone in an area outside the state Senate chamber where telephone calls are banned. Charges were not leveled by …

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ALBANY – The owner of a new casino in the Finger Lakes is blaming the Seneca Nation of Indians for its failure to meet revenue projections. The claim – by del Lago Resort & Casino – comes as the Rochester developer who owns the casino, located between Rochester and Syracuse, was in Albany Tuesday looking for a state financial bailout of some kind as part of the stat…

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ALBANY – Even the coyote fell asleep. Progress on a new state budget limped along for another day Tuesday, a day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders held a private meeting that was described -- in its most generous term – as explosive in tone and language. About the most exciting news of the day was the discovery of a coyote – asleep – on a terrace out…

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ALBANY – At the state Capitol, it’s controlled chaos time. Every possible special interest crammed into the seat of state government Monday – in a last-ditch effort to influence the $170 billion spending plan being negotiated in secret by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders. The game was still on Monday night, as no final or firm agreement was publicly annou…

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ALBANY – With the state Capitol its most secretive time of the year, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon on Monday took her fledgling campaign upstate for the first time and criticized the closed-door nature of state budget talks underway as she spoke just a block up the street. Ostensibly in Albany to press for more state aid to public schools, Nixon took…

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ALBANY – Tentative deals have been reached on parts of a new state budget, including about $1 billion in additional funding for public schools, a work-around for some higher-income New Yorkers to reduce the impact of new federal tax deduction limits, and a freeze on what Albany sends to local governments around the state. Negotiators cautioned that final deals on those …

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ALBANY – A plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to raise more than $1 billion in new taxes and other revenue raising actions is dead, according to the Legislature’s top Republican. Sen. John Flanagan, coming back to the Capitol after another private negotiating session with Cuomo and two other legislative leaders, said Senate Republicans have been firm since January that the new s…

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ALBANY – Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon said the state’s economic development programs overseen by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo need an overhaul, which she said will become especially evident this summer during the corruption trial into the awarding of the Buffalo Billion and other upstate projects. “I think it’s going to be incredibly damaging" for Cuomo, Nixon said in …