ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is once again slamming a proposal from Washington Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The governor says the latest idea, from Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, would cut billions in critical funding for the state's health care system.

Cuomo says that while the measure would give states greater flexibility in how they design their own health care system, the cuts would devastate hospitals and jeopardize coverage for as many as 2.7 million New Yorkers.

Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein of Brooklyn has been tapped to lead the Assembly's Ways and Means Committee.

It's the first time a woman will chair the powerful committee, which oversees the Assembly's work on the state budget.

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