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THE LAST HOLDOUT: In N.Y., Kenneth Lovett reported a contingent of UFC officials and fighters on Tuesday traveled to Albany, N.Y., "in hopes that 2014 will be the year New York joins every other state in authorizing the sport." The state Senate has "passed the measure the last several years" and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been "more open to it if it can be proven it would be an economic driver." UFC estimates legalization in New York would generate $135M "in economic activity." While support in the state Assembly "has been growing in recent years," the measure failed last year "largely because of opposition of many of female members who believe the sport is barbaric and glorifies violence against women" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/29).