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New York’s new gun control law remains unpopular with residents up and down the Empire State

Fifty-one of New York's 62 counties have passed a resolution in opposition to the SAFE Act, which puts limits on assault weapons and magazines, among other checks.

All but three upstate counties have approved such resolutions, but in those three – Tompkins, Broome, and Albany – resolutions have been proposed.

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Motorists caught texting and driving will soon face a minimum fine of $50. 

A new law that’s part of the tentative budget deal sets a minimum fine for those caught texting behind the wheel. Maximum penalties for repeat offenses have also increased to $400.

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Senate GOP leaders aren't very happy with their Democratic counterparts in Albany when it comes to a budget vote. 

Assembly leaders are facing criticism from state Senate Republicans for deciding to delay the final vote on the budget until Thursday, a full eight days after an agreement was announced. 

Complicating the issue is the fact that Passover began last night and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver practices Orthodox Judaism.

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