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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.”

CAPITOL

State education officials expect new teacher evaluations in 2018

State education officials plan to propose a new teacher evaluation system by spring 2018, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia told the Board of Regents on Monday.

Prosecutors in Sheldon Silver case cite extramarital affairs

NEW YORK

Prosecutors in Sheldon Silver case cite extramarital affairs

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have evidence that Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the New York State Assembly, engaged in extramarital relationships with two women, according to newly unsealed court documents.

Teacher evaluation plans still required

CAPITAL REGION

Teacher evaluation plans still required

Educators across the state are developing teacher-evaluation plans based on a law education policymakers say they plan to ditch, working under a system in line for big changes.

ALBANY

State sues CDPHP over hepatitis C coverage

The state Attorney General’s Office announced today that it is suing Albany-based health insurer CDPHP over its coverage of treatment for hepatitis C patients.

Power authority to take over state Canal Corporation management

ALBANY

Power authority to take over state Canal Corporation management

Major changes are wrapping up — and just beginning — as the state canal system prepares for its 2016 season.

Hillary Clinton tells Cohoes crowd she'll create jobs

COHOES

Hillary Clinton tells Cohoes crowd she'll create jobs

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton visited the Capital Region on Monday pledging to tackle challenges in upstate New York, focusing on jobs and education.

New York’s path to $15 minimum wage: uneven, and bumpy

New York’s path to $15 minimum wage: uneven, and bumpy

With the budget agreement worked out in Albany this week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo can say he has steered New York onto the road to a statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour. But the trip will be uneven, and probably quite bumpy in spots, and its duration remains uncertain.

School districts pleased with education boost

CAPITAL REGION

School districts pleased with education boost


The next step for school district administrators across the state: finish their districts’ budgets.

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