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Members of the Cuomo Administration who want to attend a Bills game will have a comfy experience.

A “published report” says it is getting a 12-seat luxury box at Ralph Wilson Stadium as part of the $130 million deal to renovate the stadium.

The New York Times reports the suite was negotiated by the state as part of the deal to keep the Bills in Buffalo. Public documents obtained by the Times say the suite will be used by public officials to promote New York state and the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Erie County lawmakers Thursday unanimously approved the 10-year, $271 million lease agreement.

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New York is considering opening DMVs on Saturdays and evenings in an effort to reduce hectic lunch time hours spent in line.

The state’s budget would amend the Vehicle and Traffic law to allow for the changes to more convenient hours.

Governor Cuomo’s Administration plans to choose some DMV offices for the pilot program and if it works in selected counties, the hours could be extended statewide.

The new DMV program will also include self-serve kiosks for transactions and allow New Yorkers to reserve a place in line using their smart phones before coming to the office.

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Some members of the state senate want to make it a felony to kill or injure police animals.

The proposal follows events last week in Herkimer County in which a gunman, 64-year-old Kurt Myers, shot and killed four people in Herkimer and Mohawk. As police closed in on the abandoned building he barricaded himself in, Myers killed an FBI dog before police returned fire.

The bill’s fate in the assembly, according to the Associated Press, is uncertain.

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The budget deal reached in Albany calls for a study of the health and safety of thoroughbred jockeys in the state. 

Lawmakers had hoped to earmark $2 million to help cover health care insurance for jockeys, but instead Governor Cuomo will set up a panel to study jockey health and safety. 

Some legislators want to see money go toward jockey health care coverage.

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The State Democratic Party is applauding the budget deal reached this week by Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders. 

An email sent from the party to supporters praises the budget deal as "fiscally responsible, progressive and puts New Yorkers first." Dems say they are especially pleased Cuomo continues to focus on creating jobs in the state.

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New York's controversial new gun control legislation is now facing a legal fight. 

A gaggle of state gun groups has filed suit against Governor Cuomo over the NY SAFE Act, saying they want the new law that regulates the sale of possession of firearms and ammunition declared unconstitutional. 

The law bans the sale of magazines that hold more than seven rounds and closes loopholes on a previous assault weapons ban. The gun groups say the new law is too hard on law-abiding gun owners in the Empire State.

A portion of the new gun control legislation, though, could be pushed back.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says a plan to ban high-capacity magazines that can carry more than seven rounds currently set to begin April 15th could be suspended. 

Such a move would come as lawmakers work to potentially eliminate the ban or ease it a bit to allow ten rounds.

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