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MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) — Alcoa has backed off a plan to close its smelting operations in northern New York after the state agreed to a series of incentives.

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Experts agree that our nation’s infrastructure is aging into often unsafe conditions. A group including several local elected officials known as the Rebuild New York Now coalition today called on the state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to address the issue in the next budget when the legislature reconvenes in January.

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It was a long road to the first legal medical marijuana harvest in New York this week.

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New York will give patients with certain serious illnesses faster access to medical marijuana as the state works out the details of its full medical cannabis program.

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New York state is opening a trade and tourism office in Puerto Rico. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the new office will promote "mutually beneficial" tourism opportunities and economic ties. It will also boast a shop selling New York products.

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New Yorkers are split on how well their governor is doing , but, when it comes down to issues, clear majorities emerge.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami has generated a forecast track for Hurricane Joaquin that closely follows the path Superstorm Sandy took, raising a New York City strike higher on the list of possibilities. Even if it’s downgraded to a tropical storm, Joaquin may pack the punch of an Irene or Lee.   "Preparedness" is the buzzword.

New York voters say the ongoing feud between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is hurting the state. 

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Five months have passed since the taser-related death of Donald "Dontay" Ivy at the hands of Albany Police. Slow-paced investigations by the department and the Albany County District Attorney's office have upset citizens and alarmed activists.

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Former New York state Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk says she is leading an effort to take control of the Women’s Equality Party because she wants to make “sure women are running it.”

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says there's widespread agreement on the need to build a new Hudson River rail tunnel but that the federal government must agree to pay "the lion's share" of the estimated $14 billion price tag.

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New York has broadened a ban on synthetic marijuana to keep up with drug makers who create new chemical recipes to evade the existing law.

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Recent conversations between Vice President Joe Biden's associates and democratic donors and operatives have led to speculation that Biden will challenge front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party's nomination in 2016.  During a visit to New York last week, Biden called New York Governor Andrew Cuomo the best governor in the country. Is that a veiled way of saying he wants Cuomo to be his VP candidate if he runs for the White House? Our political observer Alan Chartock discusses the possibility.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says new rail tunnels are needed under the Hudson River to alleviate congestion and the federal government needs to commit more money for the project to make it work.

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New York state health officials plan to announce this week the companies selected to operate medical marijuana dispensaries. A spokesperson for the state Department of Health says the agency intends to identify the winning applicants for five available dispensary licenses by Friday.

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New York is moving to expand a ban on synthetic marijuana to keep with drug makers who create new chemical recipes to evade the existing law.  Governor Andrew Cuomo told the state's health department on Friday to broaden the regulations to outlaw new formulas.

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In the legislative session that recently ended, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo saw the state legislature reject a number of agenda items he’d been pushing. The governor, perhaps taking a cue from President Obama, has used his executive powers  to  advance some of the proposals anyway.

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A "Memorandum of Understanding" between the Cuomo Administration and New York state Senate Republicans suspending a statewide ammunition registry program has opened a political can of worms, causing a commotion at the Capitol.

One provision of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, commonly known as the SAFE Act, called for an ammunition database to be rolled out in January 2014. Cost and the difficulty of implementation became obstacles apparently too difficult to sidestep.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made Rochester the state's "capital for a day" Thursday:   the Democratic governor took his top advisers westward for a day of meetings with local officials, business owners and residents.

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The Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan was developed by the Western New York Regional Economic Development at the request of Governor Andrew Cuomo. But a Buffalo-area news outlet alleges the initiative is burdened by favoritism and lack of transparency.

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Environmentalists are welcoming the official end to the years-long fracking debate in New York. 


The 2015 legislative session wrapped up last week, one week later than scheduled.  During the last 2 weeks of session, nearly 540 bills passed both houses.  But the big story was the last bill approved – the “Big Ugly.”

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has used his new powers to officiate weddings to marry a same-sex couple.

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The legislature continued negotiating and printing legislation Wednesday, one day after a framework deal was announced by legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo. The session limped to a close, after a year that’s seen the resignation of both leaders of the legislature over corruption scandals, and ongoing federal probes.

Governor Cuomo endured many personal obstacles. His father, the former Governor Mario Cuomo, passed away January 1st. His long- time partner, chef Sandra Lee, underwent a double mastectomy for breast cancer.

“This was a very difficult year,”  Cuomo admits.

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Nearly one week after the New York State legislative session was supposed to end, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have announced a deal on all major end of session issues, including renewal of New York City’s rent laws and a related property tax cap, as well as a new tax rebate program for property owners.

Rent Laws Expired At Midnight

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The New York City rent laws were headed toward expiration Monday night as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislators continued to negotiate on the rent laws, a related pretty tax break for developers, and an education tax credit.  

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The final week of New York’s legislative session begins Monday, and so far, Governor Cuomo and lawmakers have still not come to agreement on a number of major laws that expire.  

New York City’s rent laws, which impact over one million apartments, sunset at midnight. They are tied, through legislation, to a property tax cap important to suburbanites and upstaters. Also set to expire, a tax break for large real estate developers who agree to set aside some of their projects for affordable housing, and mayoral control of the New York City schools.

About two dozen tenants rights activists, as well as several Democratic State lawmakers, were arrested at a protest on the lack of action so far on reforming New York City’s rent laws, which expire on June 15th, to include more protections for tenants.

Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, who has been in office for forty years, says he has not been arrested for civil disobedience since the 1990s, but feels it’s important to make a point now, as there’s been little movement on changing the rent laws, less than two weeks before they sunset.

Food Network star Sandra Lee is recovering at home after being discharged from the hospital following a double mastectomy.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is ending its practice of automatically deleting emails after 90 days following criticism that it was an affront to open government. 

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