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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's long focus on the state's economic development and job growth efforts now are taking a back seat to the environmental, social, educational and other progressive issues that are dominating the national political debate. But that doesn't mean the spigot has been turned off, either. Cuomo announced Tuesday that he wants to allocate more than $1.1 …

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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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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed will visit Binghamton University Tuesday to meet with a local chapter of college Republicans and hold a news conference after he meets with University President Harvey Stenger, according to a statement from Reed's office Monday. Reed, a Republican who represents the 23rd congressional district, and Stenger will discuss restrictions on "free speech" at…

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The Town of Tonawanda plans to buy 6,050 streetlights throughout the town from National Grid and convert them to energy-efficient LED lights. This project also would see the town add new LED fixtures on utility poles along a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard where six pedestrians have died in traffic accidents over the past half-dozen years. Tonawanda officials say …

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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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Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Genesee County will not seek the GOP nod for the 27th Congressional District seat vacated by the resignation of Republican Chris Collins, he said Thursday. He did not offer his support for any other potential candidates. “While it would be an extreme honor to serve as a member of the House of Representatives and serve with honesty and inte…

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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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WASHINGTON – President Trump's re-election campaign has named Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, to chair its effort in New York State. “I am honored to serve the president as a chairman for his New York campaign," said Reed, one of the first House Republicans to endorse Trump in 2016 but also the co-chair of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group. "The …

Crime

A former business manager for Perry Ambulance Service has pleaded guilty to petit larceny for stealing more than $5,000 from ambulance funds, and was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge after paying restitution, according to the State Comptroller's Office. The plea by 50-year-old Darcy J. Conaway of Silver Springs followed her arrest last fall after a joint in…

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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…