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A man convicted in the 1980 murder of a Rockland County teenager will live in Buffalo following his release on parole, a move that angered two local lawmakers. Richard LaBarbera and another man were sentenced to 25 years to life for attacking 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky, who prosecutors say was sexually assaulted, beaten and fatally stabbed while walking home from a job…

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ALBANY — The Seneca Nation is making preparations to open three sports betting lounges at its casinos in Western New York. But a key question remains: When? A day after a commercial casino in Schenectady became the first in the state to begin offering in-person sports betting to its patrons, the Seneca Nation on Wednesday — unlike two other New York tribes with gambl…

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ALBANY – Signaling the controversy surrounding the bill, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo chose a Manhattan office building – instead of a farm upstate or on Long Island – to sign a law Wednesday providing expansive new employment rights for farm workers. The bill has been hailed by unions and Democrats in the Legislature for giving farm workers certain rights that have been long p…

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ALBANY – It's an old Albany story: The greater one’s influence over the affairs of the New York State government, the greater one's ability to raise campaign cash from people and groups looking for access. But, seldom is the story so breathtakingly told in one fell swoop as witnessed during the first six months of 2019 with the flipping of State Senate control from Repu…

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ALBANY – Legislation to raise the purchase age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21 years old was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. It takes effect in 120 days. The measure was given final approval in April in the Legislature with the urging of an unusual assortment of health and tobacco industry groups. They argued it will reduce s…

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State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, the former Sweet Home teacher who would go on to become New York’s top educator four years ago during a turbulent time for public schools, dropped a big surprise Monday when she announced she will resign in August. Elia, 70, made the announcement at a Board of Regents meeting in Albany, after submitting her letter of resignat…

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State and federal regulations prohibit nursing homes from discriminating against individuals because of their payment source. But New York's top nursing homes admit poor people at a lower rate than the state's worst nursing homes. At the five-star nursing homes, 7 percent of the new residents in 2017 were Medicaid admissions – poor people whose bills were paid by Medic…

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ALBANY – A serious concern was starting to show. On March 15, 2012, in the second set of formal negotiations with New York State and Erie County, the Buffalo Bills presented a list of 36 separate projects they wanted – costing $210 million – at their stadium as part of any deal to sign a new stadium lease to keep the team in Western New York. But the Cuomo administra…

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New York's top nursing homes admit poor people at a lower rate than the state's worst nursing homes despite regulations prohibiting discrimination. That is especially true for one-third of the poor people who enter New York nursing homes – those whose bills are paid from Day One by Medicaid. Across the state, these nearly 22,000 people were twice as likely to be admi…

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The more than 60 libraries at State University of New York campuses have united under one software system. Libraries at the University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State and other SUNY schools will share catalogs, information and resources, with officials saying the consolidation will lower costs and help the institutions operate more efficiently. The schools previously ope…

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The family of a woman who was struck and killed last year while crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard has sued Amherst and Tonawanda, contending the towns allowed "unreasonably dangerous" conditions on the roadway to remain in place for years. The lawsuit was filed July 3 on behalf of Raegan Duffin and Mark Bailey, the children of Jennifer L. Duffin, 41, who was fatally inju…

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ALBANY – Assemblyman Sean Ryan has created a campaign account with the state Board of Elections to accept donations and make expenditures for an increasingly likely bid for a State Senate seat that represents parts of Buffalo and several suburban communities. The new committee – Sean Ryan for Senate – also will show receiving a $100,000 transfer from Ryan’s Assembly cam…

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The Hamburg Town Board did not properly account for Woodlawn State Park Beach receipts and neglected to adopt written policies and procedures for purchasing fuel from gas stations, as well as monitoring fuel held in its reserve tanks, according to an audit by the state Comptroller's Office. Daily tally and gate summary sheets for entrance fees to Woodlawn State Park Bea…

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Free swimming lessons are being offered to up to 3,000 children this summer at 26 New York State parks. Enrollment for the program began Monday at Fort Niagara State Park in Niagara County, Long Point State Park on Chautauqua Lake in Chautauqua County and in the Red House Area of Allegany State Park in Allegany County. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation a…

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ALBANY – Congressional investigators will now have access to President Trump’s New York State income tax returns, under a new law that took effect Monday. “It’s very much my hope that Congress will utilize this new tool, especially as they see their efforts continually frustrated," said Assemblyman David Buchwald, a Westchester County Democrat who sponsored the bill in …