Cuomo's $18.6 Million 'Weather Detection System' Wouldn't Have Predicted the Buffalo Storm Anyway

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The scene in Buffalo on Tuesday
The National Weather Service is predicting that a "significant" winter storm will arrive Wednesday morning and linger until early Thursday. The weather system will supposedly come in as rain, dousing the coast before freezing into snow in the afternoon.

But, grain of salt: This is just what the NWS is forecasting. And what do they know, anyway?

Take it from Governor Andrew Cuomo: The entire NWS might as well just be one old man on a park bench, licking his finger and sticking it in the wind. Here's what Cuomo said this past weekend at a press conference in the city of Buffalo, which was buried under an unprecedented seven feet of snow last week:


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Protest Movement to Kill Massive Gowanus Parole Center Gains Momentum

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Almost 100 protesters stood outside a manufacturer on Second Avenue in Brooklyn to rally against a parole center being built nearby.
The scene at The Bahche, a popular coffee shop on Third Avenue and 7th Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn, was far from a typical pre-protest gathering.

Rather than the requisite leather-clad anarchists and angry militants, more than 60 Gowanus residents were sipping free hot chocolate while they toiled away with a rainbow array of colored Sharpies. There were smiling parents. There were little children. Soon they would all be braving the elements -- it was an unseasonably frigid 33 degrees on November 18 -- to march two blocks away to a dead-end street full of manufacturing and industrial sites. And there, they listened to a band of pre-teens called Eye of Time jam out to a selection of classic rock favorites.

See Also: Literally No One Is Happy About the Massive Parole Center Being Built in Gowanus

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Can Higher Salaries in Albany Stop Corruption? Sheldon Silver Is Willing to Find Out

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Sheldon Silver is willing to trade less Albany corruption for a higher salary.
The perennial call for higher salaries in the New York legislature was heard again this week, although it's probably more of a whisper at this point.

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Michael Grimm Proves Least Horrific Choice in Staten Island Congressional Race

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The two opponents at an NY1 debate earlier this month.

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#ElectionDayPickupLines May Be Greatest Thing About Internet Today

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Whether or not you're planning on exercising your constitutional right to vote -- or whether or not you're even eligible to go to the polls -- there's definitely one way you can see democracy in action this Election Day afternoon. Just go to Twitter. The hashtag #ElectionDayPickupLines has been all over the socials today, giving every would-be comedian (or Casanova) a chance to spit his or her best patriotic double entendres to the masses. Here are some of the best we've seen so far:

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Women Nearly Absent From New York State Ballot

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NYCLU Study Says New York Schools Are Illegally Discriminating Against Immigrant Kids

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Identification documents may be creating barriers for immigrant students.
A survey conducted by the New York Civil Liberties Union found that many schools in the state demand information about the immigration status of enrolling students, a potential violation of federal law.

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Zephyr Teachout's Campaign Manager Endorses Andrew Cuomo for Governor

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Teachout herself was reportedly considering endorsing Cuomo, but only if he opposed fracking.
Zephyr Teachout's campaign manager, Mike Boland, officially endorsed Andrew Cuomo for governor on Thursday. In an email to supporters, Boland said he would be voting for Cuomo on the Working Families Party line.

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Staten Island Congressional Candidates Have Read Zero Books Between the Two of Them

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Neither one could name the last book he'd read.
Congressman Michael Grimm and his somehow-still-neck-and-neck challenger, Domenic Recchia, faced off in a debate on NY1 on Tuesday, and it turns out neither one is much of a man of letters.

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Congressman Peter King Says Ebola Is Airborne, and Other Incorrect Things

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Congressman Peter King is saying crazy stuff again.
It's important to calibrate one's expectations in life.

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NYC Hosts Massive Ebola Training Session for Health Workers

New York City is running point in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's defense against Ebola. As part of its efforts to revise its Ebola response protocol, the CDC co-sponsored the training of about 5,000 healthcare workers in new techniques for protecting themselves when treating Ebola patients. The educational session took place Tuesday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Hell's Kitchen and was streamed live across the country.

See also: What Happens if an Ebola Case Lands at JFK?

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