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Graf gets last laugh on 'gummy bears' argument

A speech by Assemb. Al Graf (R-Holbrook) eventually

(Credit: David Pokress)

They laughed at him back then. But Assemb. Al Graf ended up getting the change he wanted in a medical marijuana bill currently under consideration in the State Legislature.

Graf (R-Holbrook) drew snickers two weeks ago when, while debating the bill, he asked why there were no provisions to prevent marijuana products from being sold in the edible form of “gummy bears,” chocolate bars and cookies....

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Cuomo: I'll sign medical marijuana legislation if it 'makes sense'

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo softened his stance a bit Monday on medical marijuana while a key legislator said she expects a vote on the issue in the next two weeks.

Cuomo, a Democrat who is running for re-election, said he would sign medical marijuana legislation if it has controls that "make sense." It was the latest shift for Cuomo, who once was a clear opponent. He has promised to launch a research...

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Astorino downplays D-Day fundraising appeal, points back to Cuomo

Westchester County executive Rob Astorino, left, says he's

(Credit: AP)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Monday that a group raising money on his behalf should have used more “discretion” when it aired an online appeal that used D-Day imagery and called Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo a “tyrant.”

But Astorino said he wouldn’t return the money raised by the effort. He also noted that Cuomo once said: “I am the government.”

The one-day, D-Day...

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D-Day funding pitch calls Cuomo a 'tyrant'; Dems call it 'disgusting'

Using a D-Day fundraising theme, a group supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino calls for honoring the soldiers’ sacrifice by “removing tyrants” such as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Democrats called the ad “disgusting” and “deplorable.”

The online video announces a D-Day “money bomb,” a term campaigns have begun using in recent years to describe a 24-hour burst of fundraising....

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NYC, LA mayors make a singing bet

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during Game

(Credit: AP / Mark J. Terrill)

Credit New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for coming up with a more interesting Stanley Cup bet than their respective governors.

If the New York Rangers win, Garcetti will sing "New York, New York" on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show. If the Los Angeles Kings win, de Blasio will sing "I Love LA."

Hockey's championship series began Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

On...

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