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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. John Flanagan are at odds over opioids.
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Opioids Create a Strange Alignment: Cuomo Agreeing with Democrats

In the closing days of the legislative session, the opioid crisis is turning into the latest flashpoint. State Senate Republicans passed a bill to make it easier for law enforcement to arrest drug dealers and impose longer sentences. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo has lined up with the Assembly Democrats in advocating for more treatment, including more…

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Steve Pigeon is in trouble for a donation he got for Gov. Cuomo.
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Corruption Watch: Pigeon and Crowley Sibling Relations

Buffalo Fixer Steered Illegal Donation to Cuomo Legendary Buffalo political operative Steve Pigeon was already headed to trial for violating election laws. Now, he faces one more charge: helping a Canadian online gambling company make an illegal $25,000 contribution to Gov. Cuomo's 2014 re-election campaign. Doesn't look like Pigeon will be able to fly the coop. Queens…

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Where’s your money going?

The Albany Times Union is doing some great investigative work into state government. Teaming up with the Investigative Post, ProPublica, and the Daily News they dug into the "State of Subsidies": how New York spends billions on subsidies for businesses with very little return. This weekend, they revealed how state legislators spend millions of taxpayer dollars on…

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