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It was another big State of the State show put on by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this week for his State of the State address. Loads of audio/visual aids, peppy introductions, soaring rhetoric, bold pronouncements of his accomplishments and verbal bows to everyone and, well, everyone. “Faith leaders, stand up,’’ Cuomo said pointing to a group in the audience during the Wednesd…

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It may be 227 years old, but the pipe-tomahawk that President George Washington gave to Seneca Chief Cornplanter still looks like it could chop some wood. The New York State Museum officially turned over the tomahawk to the Seneca Nation Thursday, where it will remain in the?On?hsagw?:de’ Cultural Center in Salamanca. The State Museum had the artifact from 1850 until…

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Delaware Councilmember Joel?Feroleto said Thursday he will not seek the Democratic nomination for State Senate this year. The move appears to pave the way for Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan to claim the party nod for the seat being vacated by Republican Christopher L. Jacobs, who is running for the vacant position in the 27th Congressional District. Feroleto never acknowle…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday outlined a vision for New York State in 2020 that does everything from legalizing marijuana to borrowing billions of dollars to improve and clean up a host of environmental matters. The governor called that a “robust agenda,” one that was cheered by his supporters. His opponents called it something else: more of the same and none …

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is starting his 10th year in office, and in his annual State of the State message Wednesday he is proposing to enact another broad array of ideas, from allowing paid gestational surrogacy to offering hundreds of new places where New Yorkers can legally drink alcohol. Environment Cuomo wants to ban single-use foam containers and foam pack…

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With the state’s finest thinkers back in Albany for the start of another legislative session – and Democrats controlling all three centers of power – it’s a safe bet that more talk about guns can’t be far off. In fact, Gov. Andrew Cuomo already has started the assault on weapons with talk of efforts to prevent New Yorkers from having parts shipped directly to them to cons…

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ALBANY – The fate of the men convicted in the Buffalo Billion bidding scandal could become a bit clearer in early March when a federal appeals court considers oral arguments by defense lawyers and prosecutors before ruling in a case that highlighted Albany’s pay-to-play culture. The case is set to be heard by a three-judge federal appeals panel sometime during the week …

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ALBANY – Assembly Republicans moved quickly Tuesday to name William Barclay, an Oswego County lawyer, as their new leader to replace Brian Kolb a week after Kolb's drunken driving arrest. Barclay, first elected to his Assembly post in 2002, lives in Pulaski, a Lake Ontario community, and his law practice salary makes him among the top outside earners in the Assembly. Hi…

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Amherst officials say they've had no serious incidents at the Chuck E. Cheese's in town since the company made significant security improvements to the entertainment venue in 2018. The Town Board on Monday voted with little discussion to renew the game room license for the facility at 4994 Harlem Road, at Sheridan Drive, for another year. A series of high-profile inc…

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Authorities say a monthslong campaign of harassment directed at an Amherst family doesn't pose a threat to the wider Jewish community. An 18-year-old Amherst man is charged with a hate crime after, prosecutors say, he barraged a Jewish acquaintance with threatening phone calls and text messages. Police also are looking into a fire set at the victim's home last month.…

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The father of a 17-year-old who was badly injured last fall while trying to walk across Niagara Falls Boulevard has notified Amherst and Tonawanda of his intention to sue. John Young's son – identified only as T.Y. – was crossing the boulevard near Roger Chaffee Drive at around 7:15 p.m. Oct. 13, when a northbound vehicle struck him, according to Young's notice of claim…

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ALBANY – Democrats in the State Legislature are sharply divided along largely liberal-versus-moderate lines over whether to undo parts of a controversial new law limiting the use of cash bail in most criminal cases in New York State. With headline-grabbing accounts of potentially dangerous individuals getting released from jail under the new statute popping up across th…

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Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa has decided not to seek election to the State Senate. The Democrat had said he would explore running for the 61st District seat now held by State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst. Ranzenhofer announced in December he will leave after his term ends this year. This set off jockeying to replace Ranzenhofer, particularly among Democra…

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ALBANY – Ticket in hand for "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker"? Check. Popcorn with extra butter? Check. Pilsner? All set. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signaled Friday he will try again to prod state lawmakers into expanding the sale of beer, wine and alcohol at movie theaters across New York. The Democratic governor, who has long promoted big tax incentives to the film an…