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At upstate film hub project, some drama but little action

Of all the pronouncements that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has made about creating jobs in upstate New York, perhaps the most fanciful came in the state’s decision to spend $15 million to build a high-tech film studio in Onondaga County.

Cuomo signs law allowing CDTA to oversee taxi services in Capital Region

CAPITAL REGION

Cuomo signs law allowing CDTA to oversee taxi services in Capital Region

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law that will allow the Capital District Transportation Authority to start overseeing taxi services in the four central Capital Region counties.

CAPITOL

State makes paying for funerals easier for victims’ families


The state has closed a loophole in state victims compensation for burial costs, making it easier for all funeral homes to receive funds directly, the governor’s office announced Friday.

DMV warns: Don't take a selfie while driving

ALBANY

DMV warns: Don't take a selfie while driving


It takes roughly two seconds to look at a phone and take a selfie — the same amount of time it takes for a car speeding down the highway to travel about 180 feet.

ALBANY

Official defends Cuomo's program that has created only 408 jobs

New York’s chief economic development official faced sharp questioning on Wednesday from lawmakers who questioned the wisdom and effectiveness of one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature initiatives.

ALBANY

Feds may require 95% student participation in state tests


As federal officials develop rules under the new national education law — the Every Student Succeeds Act — one proposal steps knee deep into the battle in New York over statewide testing opt outs.

State office marks 50 years of assisting victims of crime

ALBANY

State office marks 50 years of assisting victims of crime

When Brad and Lisa Gilbert bought their home in Rotterdam years ago, they did so with no thought that their daughter might one day require a wheelchair.

Brooklyn hospital’s sale, backed by de Blasio and Cuomo, draws federal scrutiny

But the outcome now appears to be under federal scrutiny, the latest subject of a sprawling investigation into fundraising and potential pay-to-play politics in New York. Federal subpoenas have been received by the health care workers union, 1199 SEIU, which has supported de Blasio and Cuomo, and by the hospital’s former owner, the State University of New York.

ADIRONDACKS & CATSKILLS

DEC warns bears hungry and active in New York this year


Black bears are being unusually active this summer, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is re-emphasizing ways to minimize problems.

Yogurt plant’s closing prompts questions on Cuomo’s economic growth plans

BATAVIA

Yogurt plant’s closing prompts questions on Cuomo’s economic growth plans

It was meant to be the Colosseum of yogurt plants: a sprawling $200 million testament to the popularity and economic potential of fermented milk.

Move over for ambulances, volunteer firefighters

ALBANY

Move over for ambulances, volunteer firefighters

Volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers are now included in New York's "Move-Over" law.

James Seward seeking re-election to state Senate seat

James Seward seeking re-election to state Senate seat

ONEONTA -- Longtime state Sen. James Seward, R-Oneonta, announced on Tuesday that he will be running for re-election for the 51st Senate District seat.

Federal, state hearings to probe Hoosick Falls water contamination

HOOSICK FALLS

Federal, state hearings to probe Hoosick Falls water contamination

Hearings into the state and federal governments’ response to contamination in the village’s drinking water supply will be held at the national and state levels.

Start-Up NY off to slow start in Capital Region

CAPITAL REGION

Start-Up NY off to slow start in Capital Region

The delayed and quiet release of the summary of Start-Up NY’s 2015 performance has reignited criticism and defense of one of the state’s signature job-creation and economic development programs.

DEC aims to strengthen bald eagle comeback

DEC aims to strengthen bald eagle comeback

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted a new conservation plan for the bald eagle, trying to cement its dramatic comeback from near-extinction in New York state.

Cuomo’s Start-Up NY has created 408 jobs

Cuomo’s Start-Up NY has created 408 jobs

One of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s most highly promoted economic development initiatives has produced just 408 new jobs across New York state in the past two years, even as the state has spent tens of millions of dollars promoting it, according to a delayed report released Friday afternoon.

CDTA goes to work on taxi regulations

CAPITAL REGION

CDTA goes to work on taxi regulations


While waiting for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill giving the Capital District Transportation Authority management authority over the region’s taxi service, CDTA staff has begun working on the necessary regulations.

Hotel room tax for Clifton Park gets Legislature’s OK

CLIFTON PARK

Hotel room tax for Clifton Park gets Legislature’s OK

State legislation that would allow the town to collect a 1.5 percent room occupancy tax from hotels in the commercial area around Northway Exit 9 has been approved by the state Legislature.

N.Y. kills right-to-repair bill that could make it easier to fix your phone

N.Y. kills right-to-repair bill that could make it easier to fix your phone

A bill that could make it easier to fix broken phones, computers and tablets was killed in the New York state legislature on Saturday when the session officially ended.

Education advocates seek hike in state funding for Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

Education advocates seek hike in state funding for Schenectady


Just days after lawmakers wrapped up the 2016 legislative session, Schenectady education advocates are beginning to press for increased funding in next year’s state budget.

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