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Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he wants to "reimagine" the Erie Canal and the other parts of the state's canal system. Cuomo chose 31 people to find ways to improve economic and environmental uses of the historic waterway as its third century of service begins in 2025. But people who depend on the canal for their livelihood, or for the economi…

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It must have been a surreal experience a few days ago for Nicholas A. Langworthy, the rookie chairman of the New York State Republican Party. The Erie County leader since 2010, Langworthy found himself in Saratoga Springs, surrounded by Republicans who at one time actually wielded power in New York – a concept far removed from the politics of 2019. The group was celebra…

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ALBANY – There is no question that single-use plastic bags will be banned at stores across New York March 1. But what about those ubiquitous colorful, and often logo-emblazoned ones that are sold as reusable tote bags at so many store checkout stands? If they have any touch of plastic in them, retailers say they will be prohibited from offering them to consumers. …

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that the state will offer $20 million in aid to Lake Ontario shoreline homeowners whose property was damaged by this year's high water and erosion. In 2017, when there were similar floods and erosion, the state committed $90 million to homeowner assistance, but a slow process handled through local nonprofit agencies kept the money fro…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo joined a chorus of Democratic politicians from around the country on Monday who stepped up criticism of Republican President Trump and federal gun control laws that Democrats say are doing nothing to prevent mass shootings as seen over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. In the second day of his broadcast media tour, Cuomo call…

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In his remarks to the nation Monday regarding two mass shootings over the weekend, President Trump reiterated his support for confiscating weapons from people found to be mentally ill. A law that aims to do just that and more is about to go on the books in New York. New York’s “red flag” gun law gives authorities the right to issue what will be known as an "extreme r…

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ALBANY – From his longtime residence on the eastern side of Lake Ontario, H. Douglas Barclay has encountered much in his decades as state and national Republican power broker, friend of the Bush family, former ambassador to El Salvador and founder of an influential law firm with offices scattered across New York and elsewhere. Yet the 87-year-old former state senator st…

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ALBANY – The New York Power Authority will invest $1.1 billion in a massive modernization effort at the Niagara Power Project, the state’s largest producer of electricity. The 15-year commitment is the largest single investment in the agency's history, according to Gil C. Quiniones, the power authority's president and CEO. The authority owns the Lewiston facility, wh…

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It’s been a month since New York’s leading expert on open government was fired for sexually inappropriate behavior toward a female reporter. But his ouster, rather than sending good-government types into crisis mode, actually provides an opportunity to do what was never done during his tenure: Put real teeth in the state’s laws to protect the public’s right to know. Whil…

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ALBANY – Teachers and other nonsecurity workers will be specifically banned from carrying weapons on school grounds under legislation approved Wednesday by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The governor also signed legislation creating a state-administered, uniform program for municipalities that offer to purchase illegal or unwanted weapons from their owners. Both bills wer…

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A $440,000 state fine against a Wyoming County woman who ran an illegal day care in her home for years has been dropped to $25,000. Even with the reduction, the $25,000 fine still represents the largest civil penalty imposed by the state against an unlicensed day care, according to a spokesperson for the state Office of Children and Family Services. Under terms of a …

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Policymakers in Albany are reconsidering the state’s high school graduation requirements and the use of what has long been considered the gold standard for earning a diploma in New York: the Regents exams. While nothing has been decided yet, the state Education Department and the Board of Regents, its governing body, have outlined a plan to appoint a review commission b…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, suddenly clearing his desk of pending gun control measures, on Tuesday signed two new bills into law, including a ban on the possession or sale of weapons that are undetectable by metal detectors. The governor has now signed four new gun control laws in the past 24 hours. On Tuesday, the governor approved new penalties against gun owner…

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The state Department of Transportation will include many of the findings from its recently completed study of Niagara Falls Boulevard in a $2 million project to boost safety along the busy roadway that's set to start next year. But officials of the two towns that border the boulevard are concerned that the changes will not be enough. The DOT on Monday released the re…

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ALBANY – The morning after a gunman killed three people at a California food festival, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed two gun control measures that were passed six months ago by state lawmakers. The bills enact a state ban on devices called bump stocks, which can greatly expand the swiftness that rounds can be fired from a weapon, and require additional waiting periods in …