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New York's comptroller is reporting a big increase in the number of questionable or fraudulent state

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's comptroller is reporting a big increase in the number of questionable or fraudulent state tax refunds this year. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office says Friday that it had blocked more than 12,000 bogus refunds worth $43.7 million as of the start of the week. Last year at the same point, DiNapoli's office had identified $24 million in erroneous refunds. Many of the incorrect returns understated income or listed too many dependents. It's unclear whether the...

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer was in town Monday to demand more federal funding and resources be sent to Social Security field offices.

The Democrat said when it comes to the longest wait times at a Social Security office, Rochester’s office ranked first in New York state and second in the country.

Speaking at the Henrietta Senior Center, Schumer said the number of baby boomers retiring is increasing every day.

There was a lot of disappointment among staffers at a Rochester high-tech company after an Israeli unmanned spacecraft crash-landed on the moon Thursday.

The local company is called Stamper Technology, and staffers there spent months putting together what is essentially a sophisticated time capsule, that was on board the small spacecraft built by a private organization from Israel.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's comptroller is reporting a big increase in the number of questionable or fraudulent state tax refunds this year. 

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office says Friday that it had blocked more than 12,000 bogus refunds worth $43.7 million as of the start of the week. 

Last year at the same point, DiNapoli's office had identified $24 million in erroneous refunds. 

Many of the incorrect returns understated income or listed too many dependents.

color:#2C2C2C">ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he would sign legislation allowing people with a terminal illness to seek life-ending medication from a physician.


There are signs that state regulators and Charter Communications may be getting closer to an agreement that would keep that media company from being kicked out of New York State.

The NYS  Public Service Commission has granted another extension to Charter, which is the parent company of cable, internet and phone provider Spectrum, while the two sides continue their negotiations.

An audit by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the New York State Education Department needs to improve its efforts to ensure school districts are following state requirements for school safety planning.

New York schoolteachers and their supporters rallied Monday in front of the New York Department of Education building in Albany.

They said not only were the recent state computer tests broken — standardized testing in New York is broken, period.

"These state tests go against everything we know to be best practice in assessment," said Laura Franz, president of the Albany Public School Teachers Association. "In fact, they’re causing harm."

While it seems unlikely that the White House or Treasury will comply with congressional Democrats' request to see President Donald Trump's tax returns this week, a group of New York state lawmakers is trying its own workaround — seeking the president's state tax returns instead.

"There’s a copy of President Trump’s New York state tax returns right here in New York state in an office somewhere," said Assemblyman David Buchwald.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A state lawmaker wants to expand New York's plastic bag ban to include the sacks used for restaurant take-out and leftovers. 

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, announced legislation Thursday that would eliminate an exemption for restaurants in the new law banning single-use shopping bags beginning next March. 

She says restaurants provide too many plastic bags to be left out of the law. 

Constellation Brands is reporting a strong end to its fiscal year with the latest quarterly earnings.

The company  reported Thursday that it saw profits of nearly one-and-a-quarter billion dollars for its fiscal fourth quarter, and sales totaling nearly $2 billion.

Constellation saw profits and sales that beat expectations, with beer again a big factor for the company’s growth, while wine and spirits did not perform as well. 

Constellation Brands' stock price on Thursday rose about 6.5 percent, increasing $11.76 a share to close at $191.45.

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