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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.

NEW YORK STATE

State Assembly passes zombie properties bill

The state Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday that would fight zombie properties in municipalities statewide.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

Constitution Pipeline appeals state denial of permit


Constitution Pipeline is fighting to keep alive its proposal for a 125-mile transmission line to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to Schoharie County.

Education officials: State out front on transgender issue

ALBANY

Education officials: State out front on transgender issue

Federal guidance that calls on every school district in the country to allow students to use restrooms based on gender identity doesn’t concern New York’s top education officials — because they are already there.

State Education Department formulates new plan under federal law

ALBANY

State Education Department formulates new plan under federal law

State education officials hope to account for more than just test scores as they move forward on a new plan that will touch on standards, family engagement, school accountability and much more under the new federal education law.

Dean Skelos gets 5 years for corruption

NEW YORK

Dean Skelos gets 5 years for corruption

Dean G. Skelos, the once powerful Republican majority leader of the New York State Senate who was convicted with his son in December on federal corruption charges, was sentenced to 5 years in prison on Thursday.

Cuomo loyalist with troubled finances is at center of U.S. inquiry

Cuomo loyalist with troubled finances is at center of U.S. inquiry

A review of court documents and public records found Todd Howe's professional persona masked a history of chaotic and slipshod financial dealings, including a 2003 bankruptcy and nearly $400,000 in federal tax liens and other judgments against him.

Thomas Libous, powerful N.Y. senator felled by scandal, dies at 63

Thomas W. Libous, the once-influential former New York state senator whose reputation was tarnished by a late-life criminal conviction, died Tuesday at a hospice center in Endicott, New York. He was 63.

State's tax cap can have unintended impact on school budgets

CAPITAL REGION

State's tax cap can have unintended impact on school budgets

It seemed like a mistake at first. How could Gloversville schools have a negative 6 percent tax cap — a cap that is widely described as limiting the annual growth of school taxes to 2 percent or less?

Race for Farley's Senate seat could get crowded

49TH SENATE DISTRICT

Race for Farley's Senate seat could get crowded


Republican Assemblyman James Tedisco is flirting with running for Hugh Farley’s seat with the senior senator already throwing his support behind him.

Sheldon Silver gets 12-year prison sentence

ALBANY

Sheldon Silver gets 12-year prison sentence

Sheldon Silver, who rose from the Lower East Side of Manhattan to become one of the state’s most powerful and feared politicians as speaker of the New York Assembly, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison in a case that came to symbolize Albany’s culture of graft.

Hugh Farley announces retirement from N.Y. Senate

ALBANY

Hugh Farley announces retirement from N.Y. Senate

After 40 years in the state Senate, Hugh Farley says he is done with politics.

‘Cellblock Albany’ awaits more ex-New York State legislators

ALBANY

‘Cellblock Albany’ awaits more ex-New York State legislators

Down the hall came Inmate No. 78764-053, a man diminished by the loss of the $2,500 suit and the $800 shoes he had just been forced to exchange for a jumpsuit, following a guard to his cell.

Federal inquiry into Cuomo project in Buffalo focuses on a former aide

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan and the FBI are looking into whether the former senior aide, Joseph Percoco, and his wife failed to properly disclose thousands of dollars in income they had received from a company or companies doing business with the state, two of the people briefed on the matter said.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli gets tour of Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli gets tour of Schenectady

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli visited Schenectady to tour progress in the city with local officials on Friday, who said the focus will shift to development in the neighborhoods.

CAPITOL

State attorney general sues Rensselaer County DA

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking the Rensselaer County District Attorney to court to assert his authority over police killings of unarmed civilians — the first time since Gov. Andrew Cuomo established the attorney general’s jurisdiction over those cases.

Regents introduce research workgroup

A new workgroup has been tasked with studying the research behind testing, teacher evaluations and more.

New York state denies permit for Constitution gas pipeline

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

New York state denies permit for Constitution gas pipeline

The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Friday denied a permit sought for the proposed Constitution interstate gas transmission project.

Prosecutors seek more than 14 years in prison for Sheldon Silver

NEW YORK

Prosecutors seek more than 14 years in prison for Sheldon Silver

Sheldon Silver, the former state Assembly speaker, offered an emotional apology to the judge who will sentence him next month, saying in a letter filed Wednesday that he had “failed the people of New York.”

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