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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York's U.S. senators want the Army Corps of Engineers to fund a new study of what needs to be done to prevent future flood devastation along Lake Ontario.

Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the Great Lakes Coast Resiliency Study will develop an infrastructure strategy for future coastal management.

The Corps created such a plan for making the Atlantic shoreline more resilient in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Two new reports from Columbia University are raising questions about New York's probation and parole system - and offering suggestions for making it more effective.

The publications issued Monday were written by corrections experts from around the nation. They examine how inmates are often sent back to jail for technical violations of their parole, such as missing curfew or a meeting with a parole officer.

  

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There are efforts underway in some states, including New York, to establish safe places where drug users can shoot up.

A coalition known as "End Overdose NY" is holding a legislative briefing on Monday in Albany to discuss details of a program aimed at combating overdoses by allowing community-based organizations to establish safe, supervised locations where people can use pre-obtained drugs.

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. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A state audit finds that New York education officials are falling behind in implementing a new state law aimed at combating sexual violence on college campuses.

The audit released Thursday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was first reported by The Associated Press. It found that while the State Education Department is making progress, it will miss some deadlines in the 2015 "enough is enough" law crafted by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Auditors say a key report on the incidence of campus assaults may be two years late.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York State could adopt its own version of net neutrality under legislation announced by state lawmakers.

The bill would require internet providers doing business with the state or its municipalities to certify that they don't interfere with web traffic or speed to favor certain sites or customers. Supporters say the state can protect consumers by using its lucrative IT contracts as leverage

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, of Albany, and Sen. David Carlucci, of Clarkstown, detailed their proposal on Tuesday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will be open for visitors Monday, with New York state picking up the tab for the federal workers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Sunday afternoon.

The two sites have been closed due to the federal government shutdown.

The Democratic Cuomo says the sites are vital to the state's tourism industry, so the state will spend about $65,000 per day for the federal employees who operate the sites. He says the revenue gained more than offsets the costs.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — The Buffalo Bills have hired Alabama assistant coach Brian Daboll as their offensive coordinator.

Coach Sean McDermott announced Daboll's hiring Sunday, two days after firing Rick Dennison.

Daboll, 42, was most recently the offensive coordinator for national champion Alabama. It was the sixth time he was part of a national title-winning team's coaching staff.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says President Donald Trump's use of a vulgar word to describe African nations were ugly, disgusting and repulsive.

After a public event Friday morning on Long Island, the Democrat said the vulgarity the Republican president used Thursday during a private meeting with lawmakers on immigration shows Trump "doesn't really understand what this country is all about."

He said generations and generations of hard-working immigrants like his grandparents are the story of America.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An investigation is underway into whether some propane companies engaged in price-gouging during the recent cold spell while others left customers freezing in their homes because of shoddy delivery service, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The probe also will look into possible misconduct by propane suppliers who insisted customers had to buy a new propane tank before fuel could be delivered, Schneiderman said.

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