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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to release details of a plan to make recreational marijuana legal in New York state when he outlines his budget proposal later this month. Even the governor concedes, though, that there are many unanswered questions about how to proceed.

Cuomo, who less than two years ago called marijuana a “gateway drug,” said he still has some questions and concerns about legalizing the drug for recreational use. But he said he’s working with a panel of experts, including law enforcement and health officials who have determined it can be done safely and that the “benefits outweigh the risks.”

The governor said his position also has been influenced by neighboring states that have legalized marijuana or are in the process of doing so.

“You’ll just force people to drive to Massachusetts or drive to New Jersey and then come back into this state and use it in this state,” Cuomo said.

Unshackle Upstate has a new executive director, Michael Kracker, and new legislative scorecards.

We sit down with the pro-business organization's new leader to discuss how he sees the New York State landscape for business, politics, and growth.

NYS Canal System turns 100

May 10, 2018
Tianna Manon

15 years on the Erie Canal? Try 100.

The New York State Canal System is officially 100 years old and the Canal Society of New York and the State Canal Corporation celebrated the big day on Thursday with a ceremony, inviting a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, unveiling the plaque listing the canals as a national landmark and opening one of the locks.  

NYS Labor Department officials say that newly revised data shows that New York State’s economic expansion continued last year, with the annual private sector job count exceeding eight million for the first time.

But the figures also show a small increase in jobs for the Rochester Metro.  In 2017, the number of private sector jobs totaled 455,400. That was up just 900 jobs from the previous year.

Still, State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says that was coming off two very good years for the local job market.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  State health officials say laboratory-confirmed influenza cases topped 11,000 over the past week, with another 2,200-plus New Yorkers requiring hospitalization because of the flu. 

In releasing the latest flu statistics Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo again urged people to get the flu vaccine. The Democrat says flu cases and hospitalizations ``continue to rise at alarming levels.'' 

Health officials say the total confirmed flu cases during the past week reached 11,683, with 2,221 people hospitalized with confirmed influenza. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken steps to make it easier for New Yorkers to get the influenza vaccine as the flu epidemic continues to spread across the state. 

The Democrat signed an executive order Thursday that allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to people ages two to 18. The order suspends a state law that limits the authority of pharmacists to administer vaccines to anyone under age 18. 


One of the more prominent Republican contenders to run for New York Governor against Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo this year has decided he won’t be a candidate after all.

A downstate businessman said to be one of the top picks among Republicans to square off against the two-term incumbent, won’t be a contender. Harry Wilson of Scarsdale has basically said it all came down to family considerations.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) —New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a female journalist she was doing "a disservice to women" Wednesday by asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government.  (WATCH: Video at the end of this story)

Most of the area members of Congress split along party lines on the health care vote that passed in the House on Thursday; Republicans Chris Collins and Tom Reed voted for the measure, Democrat Louise Slaughter voted against it.

But Republican John Katko of Syracuse, whose district includes Wayne County, was one of only two Republicans in the state to vote against the bill.  (Dan Donovan of the NYC area was the other)

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It's no surprise: Taxpayers living in New York state are subject to some of the highest rates in the country.

No one pays more state and local income taxes out of a paycheck than New Yorkers do, according to recent data from the Tax Foundation. The state also ranks fourth overall in property tax collections.

With that, one might be quick to think that complaining about the state's tax burden is a given. But not always.