Albany

January 21, 2018 - 1:28 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A New York state lawmaker is proposing to lower the state's legal blood-alcohol limit for drinking and driving from .08 to .05. Democratic Assemblyman Felix Ortiz on Friday announced the re-introduction of his bill to change the threshold. He cited a recent recommendation...
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January 21, 2018 - 1:16 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — For decades, Joseph Percoco was among the most loyal aides and confidants to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, so close to his family that the governor once likened him to a brother. This week, he faces trial in New York City on federal charges that he used that relationship to...
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January 16, 2018 - 7:20 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A state panel created to study how to reduce the environmental impact of disposable plastic grocery bags has released a report, but makes no recommendation. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo created the task force last year after the Legislature blocked New York City from...
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January 14, 2018 - 7:26 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is poised to unveil his state budget proposal, a spending plan that is likely to call for big changes to state taxes in response to the federal tax overhaul. Meanwhile, relatives of people who died following long and in many cases painful terminal...
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January 12, 2018 - 8:59 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says President Donald Trump's use of a vulgar word to describe African nations were ugly, disgusting and repulsive. After a public event Friday morning on Long Island, the Democrat said the vulgarity the Republican president used Thursday during a...
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Dave Debo
January 09, 2018 - 6:01 am
(WBEN/AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering big changes to the state tax code to blunt the blow of the federal tax overhaul. The new federal tax code significantly limits a popular deduction for state and local taxes, meaning many people in high-tax states such as New York could see big increases in...
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January 04, 2018 - 9:25 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may or may not end up running for the White House. But he's already taking on the current occupant. The Democrat delivered a full-throated attack on President Donald Trump and his fellow Washington Republicans on Wednesday with a State of the...
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Mike Baggerman
January 04, 2018 - 3:00 am
BLASDELL, N.Y. (WBEN) – Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to eliminate the minimum wage tip credit in New York State is under scrutiny from many restaurants, including Blasdell’s Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant & Banquet Facility in Blasdell. Cuomo’s office introduced his plans to eliminate the tip...
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January 03, 2018 - 10:39 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to end the practice of requiring criminal defendants to post monetary bail in misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases. The Democrat says the longstanding practice of accepting cash bail is unfair, since it allows suspects with financial resources to go free while those...
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