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ALBANY – State lawmakers, upset about what they say are inhumane conditions at commercial dog and cat breeding operations, have devised a plan of attack: go after the middleman. It turns out, though, that consumers are largely ahead of them. The lawmakers’ targets – pet shops – have become a fading source for those wanting to purchase dogs and cats. Animal lovers …

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WASHINGTON — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday tried pinning New York's trusted travel debacle on Rep. Tom Reed and one of his Republican colleagues from Long Island. But Reed, a Corning Republican, was having none of it. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security, got the tussle started a day earlier when he referenced Reed and Rep. Lee Zel…

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WASHINGTON – The governor of New York says the Trump administration is engaging in "extortion" by blocking state residents from enrolling in federal trusted traveler programs. The federal government says New York state is endangering public safety by blocking Department of Homeland Security officials from seeing state driving records. And according to customs agents,…

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New York State plans to sue the federal government in hopes of reversing the Department of Homeland Security policy blocking New Yorkers from applying for or renewing their memberships in trusted traveler programs, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday. "We believe this was arbitrary and capricious," Cuomo said at a press event in New York City. "We believe it's illegal…

Health and Fitness

The state Health Department has not found any cases of coronavirus in New York, according to a statement the agency released this week. Of samples from 20 New Yorkers sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing, 12 have come back negative and the remaining eight are pending. In a news release, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said: "While the …

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ALBANY – State officials are standing behind a provision in the state’s Green Light law that has led the federal government to restrict “trusted traveler” programs nearly 200,000 New Yorkers use when traveling internationally. The federal decision to block new enrollment, as well as re-enrollment, in Global Entry, NEXUS and other programs designed to more efficiently mo…

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ALBANY – The clock is ticking for a 21-member panel, whose members include the head of the Erie County Medical Center, to come up with $2.5 billion worth of savings or revenue-raising ideas to help close a deficit in the state’s Medicaid health insurance program. The Medicaid Redesign Team, created by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, includes a number of appointees politically loy…

Education

ALBANY – The state Board of Regents, with roots tracing to 1784, is a 17-member body charged with setting and guiding education policy for public schools across New York, including the coursework that 2,622,879 students will be taught this year. Increasingly, though, lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo want a piece of that action. Dozens of bills are pending in Albany…

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New York State Fair officials and leaders from county fairs across the state met Friday in response to concerns over how boosting the current 13-day schedule of the Great New York State Fair to an 18-day run next summer would affect local county fairs. The meeting, held at the New York State Fair offices in Syracuse, lasted more than an hour, according to a release from…

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ALBANY – The national auto club AAA has released a study on the use of marijuana by drivers involved in fatal crashes that the group says New York State officials should consider as it weighs whether to legalize the drug. The AAA for Foundation Traffic Safety Thursday morning said it had found a “concerning number” of drivers in Washington state tested positive for mari…

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A Hamburg restaurant owner who admitted that he failed to pay New York State sales taxes for four years has been sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 60-year-old James Rath, owner of the Wanakah Grill, admitted that he failed to pay $40,662 in stat…

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ALBANY – State lawmakers on Wednesday wanted to direct their wrath at an array of ideas Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to close a deficit in the state’s Medicaid program that provides health insurance for nearly one-third of New Yorkers, but they couldn't get to him. So they did the next best thing and took their complaints to two of his top health officials. Before …

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ALBANY – The Cuomo administration has amended its marijuana legalization proposals to include new efforts pertaining to regulating the drug market, the taxation of suppliers and how to prod illicit marijuana suppliers to join a legalized system. “We’ve looked at lessons learned," said Norman Birenbaum, the state’s director of cannabis programs, in an interview after Gov…

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ALBANY – When it comes to devising a plan to fix the state’s massive Medicaid deficit, the Cuomo administration has been, by many accounts, kicking the can down the road. And after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last week presented his 2020 spending plan, including ideas to solve the Medicaid financial crisis, critics say that tumbling can has shown no sign of slowing down. Co…