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The New York State legislature has chosen Barbara Underwood, the acting Attorney General, to replace the former AG Eric Schneiderman for the remainder of the term, which ends December 31. Underwood will be the first woman to hold that office.  

By a vote of 190 to zero at the joint session of the legislature Tuesday afternoon, Barbara Underwood became the first woman in New York’s history to hold the post of Attorney General.

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There’s some speculation about whether Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo might be a candidate for Lt. Governor this year.

13WHAM News on Friday says it has learned that Dinolfo is a top choice for Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro.

Dinolfo is already heading up Molinaro’s search committee for Lieutenant Governor.

Assemblyman Brian Kolb  is speaking out about the reasons he announced last Friday he was pulling out of the race for governor, less than two months after he said he would be a candidate.

Expanding on the brief statement the Canandaigua Republican  issued on Friday, Kolb told WXXI News on Sunday that during the last couple of weeks he has been thinking about getting out of the race for the GOP nomination, but he says it really hit him last Friday when he told his wife he would be on the road for a while.

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During a stop in Rochester on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed $50 million in state funding to help redevelop the area along the Genesee River in downtown Rochester.

Speaking at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Cuomo noted that other cities around the U.S. have seen great success in taking advantage of their waterfronts and he wants to see Rochester do the same.

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) — New York state is moving to ensure several protections in the Affordable Care Act remain in place regardless of whether the Republican-led Congress votes to repeal it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has directed state regulators to prohibit insurers from discriminating against customers based on pre-existing conditions, age or gender. The state also will require insurers to cover contraceptive drugs and devices without charging co-pays or deductibles.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo made a stop in the Town of Greece on Monday, at a house on Edgemere Drive, one of the areas that was hardest hit by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Cuomo came to the home of Joe and Charlie Burgio, one of the many houses where water has poured over decks, washed out docks and caused basement flooding.

The governor previously pledged $10 million in state aid for eligible municipalities and up to $5 million in grants for small businesses.

On Monday, Cuomo announced new funding of $7 million dollars to help homeowners.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York State will establish a $10 million, multi-year Photonics Venture Challenge in Rochester.

He says the business competition will aim to support start-up companies that commercialize rapidly developing technologies through a business accelerator program and a top award of $1 million to the most promising start-up company.

Cuomo says there currently are no accelerator programs in the world that have a photonics focus.

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Some area state lawmakers say they would prefer Governor Andrew Cuomo keep the traditional method of delivering the annual State of the State address.

Cuomo's office announced on Monday that this year, instead of a general address to the state legislature and other officials in Albany, Cuomo would deliver a series of six regional addresses during the week of January 9th.

Assembly Minority leader Brian Kolb, a Republican from Canandaigua, feels the traditional method works better and sets a more respectful tone.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said much of the responsibility for the alleged corruption scandal touching his administration is on the state university system, specifically SUNY Polytechnic Institute, which oversaw many of the contracts.

But reform groups say the governor is not telling the whole story.

Cuomo has made several public appearances since U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued criminal complaints against nine people, including several close to Cuomo and two major upstate real estate developers.

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