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Gov. Andrew Cuomo today proposed keeping Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s state funding stable during the next fiscal year.Cuomo’s proposed state budget includes $103 million in state support for the comprehensive cancer center.The proposed Roswell Park funding includes money to replace an expiring $25 million capital grant to the institute through a commensurate amount of …

Education

New York voters will soon be asked to sign off on a $2 billion bond act to build facilities for a new statewide prekindergarten program, as well as pay for technology upgrades in the state’s school districts.The proposed bond act, which will appear on the November ballot, was one of the education highlights of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget presentation Tuesday.Also signifi…

Education

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday proposed a 2014 state budget that boosts state aid to public schools by 3.8 percent, imposes new property tax hike restrictions on localities, cuts some individual and business taxes while raising some fees and commits the final $680 million of the billion dollar economic development program he unveiled two years ago for the Buffalo ar…

Politics

ALBANY – Governors and legislative leaders have long known that the most difficult negotiations over the state budget occur not in years with big deficits, but in times when the state’s finances are flush with money.More money, more requests to spend it.As he proposes his plans for the 2014 state budget this afternoon, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, with a fiscal surplus on the hor…

ALBANY – A thorny, $613 million dispute between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been settled – for now.The two sides, warring behind the scenes over how proceeds from a settlement with JP Morgan Chase should be spent from a major legal settlement partly negotiated by the attorney general, agreed Monday on an overall breakout for how the firs…

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Democratic incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo holds a commanding lead over anyone mentioned as a Republican candidate for governor this year – even mega-personality Donald J. Trump – according to the latest Siena Research Institute poll.Cuomo would beat Trump 70 to 22 percent if the election were held today, while Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino fares no better, losing to…

Education

As New York schools face increasing pressure to improve student performance, state and local education leaders want to put more highly qualified teachers into the neediest classrooms.They mean teachers like Mary Dileas, who before each lesson at Emerson School of Hospitality anticipates the challenges her students may face learning a skill, then develops strategies to over…

Some of the region’s state lawmakers slathered their palms in paint Friday and then left handprints on a placard urging Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to keep Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center open.The state Office of Mental Health, without needing legislative approval, intends to close the center as it consolidates 24 psychiatric facilities into 15 “centers of excellen…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says “extreme conservatives” don’t fit in with most New Yorkers.“If they are extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York,” Cuomo said in a radio interview Friday.Cuomo defined “extreme conservatism” as being “anti-gay” by opposing same-sex marriage rights, opposed to abortion rights and favoring legalization of assault w…

Bills

Thurman Thomas was appointed Friday To the New York State Tourism Advisory Council, where he’s expected to serve as vice chair.The tourism council advises Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the state’s tourism efforts, and typically includes representatives from tourism-related industries such as travel and vacation businesses, convention bureaus and cultural institutions. The appoint…

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Thurman Thomas was appointed Friday To the New York State Tourism Advisory Council, where he’s expected to serve as vice chair.The tourism council advises Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the state’s tourism efforts, and typically includes representatives from tourism-related industries such as travel and vacation businesses, convention bureaus and cultural institutions. The appoint…

Erie County

ALBANY – New York’s attorney general has denied a request from former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak that the state pay his legal fees as he fights numerous charges of sexual harassment brought by seven female former staff members. The office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the decision Friday evening, and said it is final unless the assemblyman chooses to…

School District (Type of Stress, followed by Fiscal Score)Lewiston-Porter : (Significant Fiscal Stress) Fiscal score of 81.7 percentNiagara-Wheatfield: (Significant Fiscal Stress) Fiscal score of 80 percentWest Seneca Central: (Significant Fiscal Stress) Fiscal score of73.3 percentFrontier Central: (Moderate Fiscal Stress) 58.3 percentLake Shore Central: (Moderate Fiscal …

Politics

Donald Trump revealed Thursday just how serious he is about running for governor this year – $30 million to $50 million serious.As he announced a Jan. 31 trip to Buffalo, his first upstate exploration of a run against Democratic incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo, the Manhattan real estate mogul told The Buffalo News he can more than match the $33 million that the governor’s campai…