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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.

Lawmakers pass lead contamination testing bill

ALBANY

Lawmakers pass lead contamination testing bill

School districts across the state will be required to test water taps for lead contamination under a law passed by the state Legislature in its final hours of work last week.

CAPITOL

State Legislature OKs bill increasing Metroplex's bond limit


A bill that would extend the life and bonding limit of the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority passed in the state Senate and Assembly on Thursday afternoon.

Local frustration builds over the status of NYRA

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Local frustration builds over the status of NYRA

John Hendrickson resigned his position as the governor’s adviser to the New York Racing Association Reorganization Board on June 7, saying his advice was not being taken and he was frustrated at the government for not keeping its promises.

ROTTERDAM

Assemblyman Santabarbara targets zombie properties


Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, launched an effort in town Monday to hold banks accountable for abandoned properties.

ALBANY

Regents OK review for students with disabilities


Students with disabilities who don’t pass all of their Regents exams may still be able to graduate high school after their district superintendent reviews their coursework, under a state rule approved Monday.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Metroplex bond cap increase requested again

The Schenectady County Legislature has asked the state to increase the bonding authority of the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority.

CLIFTON PARK

Saratoga County urging state to OK Kinns Road park transfer


Saratoga County supervisors will hold a special meeting next week to push for state legislation that would shift ownership of the Kinns Road park from the county to the town of Clifton Park.

START-UP NY leader leaving post

ALBANY

START-UP NY leader leaving post

The director of START-UP NY is returning to the private sector after leading the jobs-creation program for 21⁄2 years.

Siena poll: Voters not happy with presidential candidates

LOUDONVILLE

Siena poll: Voters not happy with presidential candidates

When New Yorkers go to the polls in November and vote for president, more than half of them may be wishing there was someone else on the ballot.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

State to consider Saratoga Springs plan to convert music hall into court space

City Hall’s third-floor musical hall would be converted into City Court space under a plan endorsed Thursday by the Saratoga Springs City Council.

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