Albany

April 23, 2018 - 2:12 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN) - Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday introduced a bill which would ban single-use plastic bags in New York State. The bill, which does not have any sponsors in either state house, would ban the use of plastic carryout bags at any point of sale to customers. It does not apply to...
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April 12, 2018 - 8:26 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — An unknown number of students taking the statewide English assessment by computer encountered delays when a security feature in the system "inadvertently activated" and prevented them from logging in, New York education officials said on Thursday. The problem on Wednesday...
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April 07, 2018 - 2:43 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — In New York state government news, Democratic reunification in the New York state Senate is altering the political calculus in Albany and more changes could be coming after two special elections later this month. Meanwhile, lawmakers take a break after passing a state...
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April 06, 2018 - 12:01 pm
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon has continued her swing through upstate New York, but not yet coming as as far as Buffalo. The "Sex and the City" star made her first campaign stops in Rochester and Syracuse on Thursday where touting economic reform. In...
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April 04, 2018 - 8:51 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Democrats resolved a longstanding internal rupture in the New York state Senate Wednesday that had empowered Republicans and prevented votes on liberal priorities including gun control, abortion rights and help for immigrants. Under a deal negotiated by Democratic Gov...
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Dutchess County Executive Mark Molinaro endorsed by Erie County GOP on April 4, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
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April 04, 2018 - 4:34 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - With the Election Night 2018 about seven months away, one of the hottest races in New York received an important endorsement. Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County Executive, was endorsed by the Erie County Republican Party on Wednesday. Molinaro, 42, announced his candidacy on...
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April 02, 2018 - 2:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Republican Marc Molinaro vowed Monday to change what he called Albany's climate of corruption and behind-closed-doors deals as he formally kicked off his campaign for New York governor. Taking aim at two-term Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Molinaro criticized "leaders who...
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April 01, 2018 - 7:27 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon says she has a simple response to voters who question whether she has the experience necessary to run for governor of New York. "You know me as an actor," she told The Associated Press in an interview this past week. "But I'm so much...
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March 31, 2018 - 4:31 pm
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Mixed reaction is pouring in following the early Saturday adoption of a New York State budget. The newly adopted $168.3 billion budget includes surcharges on taxi, Uber and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy written following the #MeToo movement...
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March 30, 2018 - 9:38 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Lawmakers in New York state passed a $168.3 billion state budget in the early hours Saturday that includes surcharges on taxi, Uber and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy written following the #MeToo movement. The massive spending plan also...
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