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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday that she and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo believe this country is great and that the governor appropriately clarified his remark from a day earlier that America "was never that great." Cuomo was finishing up a 20-minute speech Wednesday at a re-election event — touted as a bill-signing ceremony for new penalties for sex trafficking in New Yor…

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By Shane Goldmacher Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York mocked President Donald Trump’s ubiquitous “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan on Wednesday, quickly drawing the ire of Republicans for saying that America “was never that great.” “We are not going to make America great, America. It was never that great,” Cuomo said. “We have not reached greatness. We will reac…

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Williamsville is seeking nearly $300,000 in state aid for the construction of sidewalks in the village. The project focuses on the portions of eight streets that lack sidewalks, primarily because the homes' construction predates any sidewalk requirement, said Keaton DePriest, the village's director of community development. The eight streets are in the neighborhoods …

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The Town of Tonawanda is considering using eminent domain to take over the former Huntley Power Plant to ensure the plant continues to provide the 19 million gallons of untreated water used every day by nearby manufacturers. Even if the town is successful, acquiring the generating station from NRG Energy through eminent domain is only a short-term solution, according to…

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Developer Carl Paladino, one of the most high-profile Republicans seeking to replace indicted Rep. Chris Collins, is lashing out at another high-profile contender – Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw. And that's a U-turn for Paladino, one of Mychajliw's biggest campaign contributors in the past. "He called me yesterday morning," Paladino said Monday of Mychajli…

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A new state law will impose an ordeal – time behind bars – when fraternity and sorority hazing gets out of hand. Under a measure signed Monday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, those who engage in initiation rituals that involve physical contact or the risk of injury or death can be charged with first-degree hazing. Maximum penalty is a year in jail. The legislation was promp…

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By Vivian Wang Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has agreed to a televised debate against his Democratic rival, Cynthia Nixon, on Aug. 29, two weeks before primary day on Sept. 13. The announcement comes after three months of accusations by the Nixon campaign that he was afraid of engaging with her; Cuomo had refused to debate his primary challenger in 2014. Nixon …

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An Irving woman was charged Sunday in a fatal hit-and-run crash a day earlier that claimed the life of a Utica teenager as he left the Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake early Saturday. Jennifer L. Serrano, 48, was arrested and charged Sunday afternoon with vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, both felonies, Genesee County she…

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Leecia Eve’s name will appear on a ballot for the first time come Sept. 13, but that doesn’t mean the candidate for state attorney general hasn’t been around government and politics for almost all of her 53 years. One of four competing for the Democratic nomination in the party primary, Eve has absorbed lots of politics – beginning as the daughter of Arthur and Constanc…

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The family of a 41-year-old woman who was struck and killed in May while crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard has filed notice that they intend to sue New York and the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda, arguing government agencies failed to address "long-standing dangerous conditions" on the busy route. The notice of claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, was filed Aug. 3 on behalf …

Politics

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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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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Tens of thousands of people every day drive past the towering wind turbines posted at four Thruway exits between Eden and the Pennsylvania state line. But no matter how windy the day might be, those two-blade turbines stand motionless. Just a few years after the New York State Thruway Authority spent about $5 million on five turbines, four of them stand dormant. And …