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ALBANY – Will the rich have to pony up more taxes than they were expecting to pay this year in order to help New York State balance its budget? That will be among the thorny subjects for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature to negotiate in the coming months. Cuomo proposes a continuation of the current “millionaires’ tax,’’ which was first imposed during a budget cr…

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By Jesse McKinley ALBANY, N.Y. – Just days before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will meet with Trump on Wednesday, the first face-to-face meeting between the two men since the election. The meeting will take place at Trump Tower, and the topics will include infrastructure, the Affordable Care Act and “issues of importan…

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ALBANY – The 2017 state budget, facing a multi-billion dollar deficit, will still provide at least a 4 percent hike in state aid to public schools, free public college tuition for some New Yorkers and big borrowing for infrastructure projects, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed Tuesday. Helping to pay for all the added spending: millionaires who will see the continuation of …

Republicans will offer one of their top judges for re-election this fall after Appellate Division Justice Erin M. Peradotto said Tuesday she will seek a second term in State Supreme Court. Peradotto won her first term in 2003 and was appointed to the Appellate Division’s Fourth Department in 2006 by then-Gov. George E. Pataki. She has been included three times on th…

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Raw sewage in Scajaquada Creek near the Buffalo History Museum. Manure and pesticides in Chautauqua Lake. Elevated levels of lead in drinking water in schools and homes. Floatable debris polluting beaches and even Canalside. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he wants to address problems like these with a $2 billion proposal to improve water quality in the Buffalo Niaga…

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ALBANY – Former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa is getting into New York’s ride-hailing debate, urging his fellow Democrat, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, to require companies like Uber and Lyft to make a portion of their fleet accessible to people in wheelchairs. Harkin, one of the main authors of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, said transportation gains disabled people …

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ALBANY – Some state lawmakers privately grumbled when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled his Buffalo Billion program five years ago, but they ended up giving the governor everything he wanted. It’s not 2012 any longer. Cuomo faces a bumpier ride getting approval for his second phase of the Buffalo Billion – $500 million for several projects. “Oh, there’s no doubt about…

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ALBANY – Just two days after a state helicopter ferrying Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s was forced to make an emergency landing, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Friday gave his permission for the State Police to use a no bid process to purchase a new, $12.5 million helicopter. DiNapoli's green light paves the way to purchase a more modern helicopter but it is not the final OK. A…

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ALBANY – A State Police helicopter transporting Gov. Andrew Cuomo made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon while the governor was flying between Albany and Manhattan. There were no injuries. The governor uses a Bell 430 helicopter that was purchased during the Pataki administration. The incident occurred just before 4 p.m., said Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopa…

You can’t blame Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a "free college" tuition initiative that sounds like a liberal’s dream but is actually a lot less progressive than it seems. Any rational politician would do the same thing if he wanted to win re-election in a state like New York or still had hopes of galvanizing a progressive coalition for a White House bid. Cuomo is pushing a plan …

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ALBANY – The state will establish a new cost-control system to stop some “unconscionable” drug companies from gouging consumers with high prescription drug prices, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday. In his sixth -- and final -- State of the State address, Cuomo said he will propose in his upcoming budget the creation of a state review board to establish a “fair price”…

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ALBANY – New York should should join the “Buy American” campaign already embraced by organized labor and President-elect Donald Trump, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today. In Syracuse this morning for his fifth State of the State speech this week, Cuomo said he will advance a plan to require state agencies give a preference to American-made products and goods in contract award…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo threw up his hands Tuesday and said he has done “everything I can” to reduce high property taxes across New York State. Now, Cuomo said, it is up to voters. Cuomo, in his third and fourth stops this week across the state to give his annual State of the State speech, proposed a plan that would put the onus on county executives or county m…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called for a $2 billion investment in water infrastructure across New York State during his State of the State address today in Westchester County. The Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 would help communities upgrade aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. [What's in the Buffalo Billion, Part 2?] "Investing in water infrastruc…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo threw up his hands Tuesday and said he has done “everything I can” to reduce high property taxes across New York State. Now, Cuomo said, it is up to voters. Cuomo, in his third and fourth stops this week around the state to give his annual State of the State speech, proposed a plan that would put the onus on county executives or county m…