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Prosecutor won't rule out investigating Cuomo over Moreland Commission

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, seen here delivering his

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

A federal attorney on Thursday wouldn’t rule out investigating whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo or his aides improperly intervened with activities undertaken by the governor’s recently shuttered anti-corruption commission.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, in a radio interview, questioned the disbanding of Cuomo’s Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, informally known as the Moreland Commission,...

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says medical marijuana has 'no future' this session, then seeks to clarify

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver appeared to throw cold water Monday on the prospects of the State Legislature legalizing medical marijuana; though an aide later said the speaker wasn't implying the issue was dead but was focusing on the State Senate’s inaction.

Silver (D-Manhattan) and the Democrat-dominated Assembly support medical marijuana but indicated its prospects weren’t great because...

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State replaces company managing Sandy rebuilding grants

 ALBANY – The Cuomo administration has hired a new company to help get superstorm Sandy rebuilding grants to New Yorkers, a state official confirmed Monday.

  IEM, a North Carolina-based security consulting firm will supplant ProSource Technologies of Minneapolis as the case manager for thousands of state residents looking for rebuilding aid. IEM will take over April 21 with a 15-month,...

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In a twist, LI treatment group opposes medical marijuana expansion (UPDATED)

   A Long Island group is leading a news conference Thursday at the State Capitol to oppose a proposal to legalize medical marijuana.

   Jeffrey Reynolds, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, will join with a national group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, to urge state legislators to wait for the results for a limited medical-marijuana...

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After resisting, Cuomo opens door to slowing down teacher evaluations

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks after signing the

(Credit: Philip Kamrass )

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo opened the door Tuesday to delaying the use of Common Core test results when evaluating teachers -- after months of opposing the idea.

The Democrat governor signed off on a $138 billion state budget Tuesday morning that includes a provision to put off the use of tests using Common Core academic standards when evaluating students.

The governor asserted the...

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Legislature gavels in, begins daylong slog to beat midnight deadline

Budget documents are piled on desks in the

(Credit: Philip Kamrass )

The state Assembly gaveled into session at 9:15 a.m. to begin a daylong race to adopt a state budget – and beat the midnight deadline.

Midnight marks the beginning of the state's fiscal year and if they fail to finish on time, legislators and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo won’t be able to legitimately claim they’ve beaten the budget deadline for the fourth consecutive year. However, there will be no...

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Deal lets Tesla electric car company continue New York sales

The Tesla Model S is introduced at the

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A deal reached Friday will allow Tesla Motors to continue to sell its electric cars in New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced.

The governor said the agreement among Tesla, the New York State Automobile Dealers Association and the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association will resolve a dispute over consumer sales.

Under the agreement, Tesla will maintain its five currently licensed...

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WFP members air grievances with Cuomo

The Working Families Party, which pushes a progressive platform, is wrestling over whether to endorse a governor who calls himself progressive.

WFP committee members aired their grievances against Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a lengthy conference call Tuesday, with many "urging leadership to look for alternate candidates," participants said.

The labor-backed party endorsed Cuomo...

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Advocates bash idea of constitutional amendment on campaign-finance

Good-government groups, pressing lawmakers to back publicly financed political campaigns, issued a report Tuesday saying Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was the biggest beneficiary of the state’s weak campaign-contribution regulations.

  The groups also said lawmakers shouldn’t duck the issue of publicly financed campaigns by asking voters to decide in a statewide referendum – one of many ideas...

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Nassau man claims Cuomo gun law is unconstitutional

A Nassau County man has filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials, claiming the strict gun law the state adopted in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre is unconstitutional.

Lawyers for Gabriel Razzano, a Freeport resident, filed the claim in U.S. District Court on Monday. Razzano claims the law, dubbed the “Safe Act” by Cuomo, violated his Second...

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