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NY comptroller says dubious tax refunds blocked

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Comptroller's Office reports stopping more than $24 million in questionable personal income tax refunds so far this year, saying it has found 7,482 improper filings, up 18 percent from last year.

The office has audited and approved 4.8 million state refund requests totaling $4.3 billion, with another 346,000 refund requests for $352.5 million expected to be paid soon.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says tax cheats are continually coming up with "new schemes to get money they aren't entitled to."  Go to full article
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino in 2010. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/azipaybarah/4499301881/">Azi Paybarah</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Paladino: Astorino must "cleanse" GOP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino says Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino would make a "great governor" but says he will only win if he appeals to the party's conservative base.

In an email to state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, Paladino said he's dropping his efforts to recruit celebrity businessman Donald Trump. But he says Astorino won't win unless he works to "cleanse" the GOP of officeholders who he says fail to adhere to conservative principles.  Go to full article
Photo courtesy of Rob Astorino's office

Astorino brings gubernatorial challenge to the North Country

Last month, Rob Astorino announced his campaign to unseat Andrew Cuomo in the coming race for governor. The Republican candidate faces obvious challenges: lack of name recognition, Cuomo's high approval ratings and the governor's huge campaign fund. But Astorino brings his own kind of impressive track record. He recently won a second term as Westchester County executive by a wide margin, in a county that has more Democrats than Republicans.

Astorino has seven months to get his name out there and get voters on his side, which means a lot of handshaking and a lot of conversations Yesterday he came to Franklin County, kicking the morning off in North Bangor.  Go to full article

NY limiting acceptance of welfare debit cards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's new budget contains amendments to a social services law intended to keep welfare recipients from spending government money on alcohol, gambling...  Go to full article
A pleased Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the signing of the NY SAFE Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>

April 15 marks assault weapons registration deadline

April 15, besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Assault weapon owners face registration deadline

ime is almost up for owners of assault-style guns in New York to register them with the state. Tomorrow's deadline was set by the strict gun control law, known as the SAFE...  Go to full article
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH

NY health chief resignation leaves fracking review in limbo

There's "Help Wanted" at the state Department of Health with the resignation yesterday of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's appointed Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah.

Salary issues...  Go to full article
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a lecture for Penn Law and the Wharton School in March. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pennlaw/12995711874/">>Penn Law</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Federal prosecutors taking NY commission files

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal prosecutors in Manhattan say they're taking the remaining files from the state anti-corruption commission now shutting down and plan to complete its...  Go to full article
NPR East Africa correspondent Gregory Warner, one-time NCPR host of "All Before Five." Photo: Pearl Gabel/NPR

Gregory Warner: there's no word in Russian to describe who he works for

The first story listed in the NCPR archive from Gregory Warner dates to April 2005. He came to the station to help us develop afternoon news, and host All Things Considered....  Go to full article

Bid renewed to bar lobbyists from NY pensions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two New York legislators are renewing their bid to remove employees of municipal trade associations from the state pension system for government workers...  Go to full article

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