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Democrats in the state Assembly are calling for strict financial penalties in the event that the Buffalo Bills break the terms of their new lease deal. 

The Democrats want a clawback provision that would allow the state to recover the entire cost of renovating Ralph Wilson Stadium if the team were to leave in the first seven years of the lease. 

The state is investing $54 million toward the $130 million renovation of the stadium included in the lease agreement.


A bid to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana could soon be part of state budget talks. 

Governor Cuomo says a plan to ease treatment of a certain type of marijuana possession in New YorkState's drug laws is being considered by legislative leaders.

Supporters of the plan want to have marijuana possession "in public view" dropped from a misdemeanor to a violation.


The New York State Catholic Conference wants leaders in Albany to say no to mixed-martial arts. 

The NYSCC is pushing to block legislation working its way through the Capitol that would pave the way for events like UFC to be held in the EmpireState.  The Conference says the sport is just too violent to be allowed. 

Governor Cuomo said this week he wasn't opposed to legalizing MMA fights.


State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the state Supreme Court was right to toss an injunction that would have blocked New York's new gun control law. 

Schneiderman says the SAFE Act is a legal measure, and his office will continue to fight any challenges to it in court. The injunction tossed by the state Supreme Court asked that the law be repealed, but the judge called it a non-judicial issue.


Governor Andrew Cuomo is commending the courage and “extraordinary efforts” of the state police, the FBI, and local law enforcement officials in killing shooting suspect, 64-year-old Kurt Myers in HerkimerCounty this morning. 

Myers is believed to have killed four people: two in Herkimer, and two in Mohawk yesterday. Cuomo says law enforcement officials entered the basement of an abandoned building today where Myers had been holed up and, after being fired upon, shot and killed him. 

There were no injuries to law enforcement officials, though an FBI police dog was fatally shot. Cuomo says it is now time for mourning those lost in the senseless act of violence. 

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