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CAPITOL

Education groups urge lawmakers to resist receivership language


New York’s teachers union and a legal advocacy group urged lawmakers on Thursday to resist budget language the groups said would force 70 schools back into receivership — including Hamilton Elementary School in Schenectady.

Center for Economic Growth names new president

ALBANY

Center for Economic Growth names new president

The Center for Economic Growth has found its next president.

CAPITOL

State education officials install spring testing changes


State education officials hope a series of tweaks and changes to this spring’s annual English and math assessments will reduce student anxiety and improve participation rates.

Dean Skelos and son ask judge to spare them a prison sentence

NEW YORK

Dean Skelos and son ask judge to spare them a prison sentence

Lawyers for Dean Skelos, the former New York Senate majority leader, and his son, Adam Skelos, who were convicted of all eight bribery, extortion and conspiracy counts against them in December, asked a judge on Wednesday to let them avoid prison and be sentenced to perform community service.

NY Assembly passes bill to legalize MMA

CAPITOL

NY Assembly passes bill to legalize MMA

On Tuesday, the state Assembly passed a bill legalizing mixed martial arts, after several years of ignoring pleas to allow the popular and often bloody sport.

New regents chancellor a critic of heavy emphasis on testing

ALBANY

New regents chancellor a critic of heavy emphasis on testing

Betty Rosa, a former Bronx school superintendent and critic of a shift to a stronger emphasis on student testing and teacher evaluations in education policy, on Monday was elected chancellor by her colleagues on the Board of Regents.

CAPITOL

Bill would rename part of Route 20 for deceased general

A bill to rename a portion of U.S. Route 20 in the town of Guilderland to honor Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, a Guilderland native who was killed while on duty in Afghanistan, was passed by the state Senate Thursday.

CAPITOL

State Assembly, Senate agree to restore school funds


Both state legislative chambers called for fully restoring a series of school funding budget cuts enacted during the economic downturn, but differed on how much to increase other funding to schools.

Bill to legalize MMA likely headed for Assembly vote

CAPITOL

Bill to legalize MMA likely headed for Assembly vote

A vote on the bill to legalize mixed martial arts is expected to come to the Assembly floor as early as Monday, according to Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam.

Contaminants removed from Hoosick Falls water, governor says

HOOSICK FALLS

Contaminants removed from Hoosick Falls water, governor says

More than six weeks after declaring an environmental emergency in this village, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his first visit here Sunday, announcing that a new filter system had successfully cleared a toxic chemical known as PFOA from the municipal water supply.

ALBANY

State Legislature elects 3 new regents as board enters new era

New York’s top education policymaking body, the Board of Regents, enters a new era this spring as three new members take their seats on the 17-person board and a new chancellor is elected.

Schenectady coalition seeks more education funding at Capitol

CAPITOL

Schenectady coalition seeks more education funding at Capitol

A recently-formed coalition of Schenectady clergy and community activists pressed their message of “fully funding” Schenectady city schools at the state Capitol on Monday.

Trump flirted with bid for New York governor before ’16 race

Trump flirted with bid for New York governor before ’16 race

In late December 2013, after Donald Trump had met with a number of Republicans to discuss a possible run for governor of New York, he received a memo from an attendee, a freshman assemblyman from upstate.

NY lawmaker wants to pay TV shows to get more diverse

NY lawmaker wants to pay TV shows to get more diverse

The entertainment industry's difficulties with diversity in front of and behind the camera were headline news throughout this recently concluded Oscar season. And while much of the coverage has been devoted to parsing the numbers that show just how chronic and widespread the problems are, solutions have been slower to emerge from the mass of studies and public statements about the value of diversity.

Opposition groups take aim at Constitution Pipeline, FERC

CAPITOL

Opposition groups take aim at Constitution Pipeline, FERC

Pennsylvania landowner Megan Holleran and representatives of groups that oppose the Constitution Pipeline were at the Capitol Wednesday to call on the governor and the DEC to deny the water permit.

In Schenectady, coalition pushes labeling for GMOs

SCHENECTADY

In Schenectady, coalition pushes labeling for GMOs

Carol Kirk and Michael Bisaillon have access to the food in local grocery stores like other residents, but they often struggle to find something to eat there.

SARATOGA COUNTY

Saratoga County board opposes $15 minimum wage for ag workers


While Gov. Andrew Cuomo campaigned across the state Tuesday in support of a $15 minimum wage, those who oppose the increase, at least for agricultural workers, also made their case.

Three DNA analysts file suit against state police

ALBANY

Three DNA analysts file suit against state police

Three DNA analysts accused of cheating on proficiency exams are suing the state police, contending the allegations were a pretext to prevent a new type of DNA analysis from being instituted.

CAPITAL REGION

Capital Region officials seek infrastructure funds


Assemblymen Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, and Steve McLaughlin, R-Schaghticoke, are expected to announce an initiative to seek a state program to repair and maintain vital local water and sewer infrastructure this morning.

A leisurely return for the New York state legislature

The scene in the state Capitol last week bore all the hallmarks of democracy at work: advocates and lobbyists pushing their causes, earnest interns scurrying about, and protesters making insistent pleas for funds for everything from housing to hepatitis C.

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