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New York State Government is famous for its “three men in a room” way of doing business.  The three men are the Governor, the Assembly Speaker, and the Leader of the State Senate. 

This week there’s a new incarnation of the three men in a room.   

That’s because Republican Dean Skelos of Long Island resigned as leader of the state senate on Monday after being brought up on federal corruption charges.   He was replaced by a fellow Long Islander, Republican John Flanagan. 

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Former Governor Mario Cuomo was laid to rest in New York today after a funeral and wake that was attended by prominent politicians, including former President and first Lady Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden. But the ceremony and the eulogy by his son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, focused on the personal as well as the political. Cuomo called his father "the keynote speaker for our better angels."

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Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo passed away just two hours after his son, Andrew Cuomo, finished  giving his second inauguration speeches in New York City and Buffalo.

So in the next several days, in addition to attending his father’s funeral,  Andrew Cuomo will also be preparing for a State of the State address.

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Michael McDermott will let the phone ring and ring. But when his lawyer calls, he stops talking mid-sentence.

"Hold on this is our lawyer," McDermott says, "Hey Gary, any word?"

The newly minted head of the Libertarian Party of New York weaves in and out of traffic in this last week before election day. Before the phone rang he was cataloging the many obstacles for his party before election day--like getting on the ballot, and staying on the ballot.

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New York’s health department is requesting permission from the federal government to import out-of-state marijuana for medical purposes until its in-state program can finish the regulatory process.

In July, New York became the 23rd state to authorize the use of medical marijuana for patients with diseases, including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy. The program requires the health department to write rules and license marijuana production companies. The department says that will take until 2016 to get the program underway.