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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.

Gibson knows challenging Cuomo for governor would be tough

ALBANY

Gibson knows challenging Cuomo for governor would be tough


U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, in exploring a run for governor in 2018, will seek to sway independent and Democratic voters alienated by what he called Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s divisive leadership style.

U.S. attorney: NY State corruption can end

ALBANY

U.S. attorney: NY State corruption can end

Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, says corruption is a problem for everyone and causes people to suffer.

Schenectady's mayor tells Assembly panel of infrastructure needs

CAPITOL

Schenectady's mayor tells Assembly panel of infrastructure needs

Mayor Gary McCarthy says he would like to see a state funding stream for municipalities to address aging infrastructure and for Schenectady to incorporate 21st century technology.

Open government official urges broad conception of open records

SCHENECTADY

Open government official urges broad conception of open records

When Bob Freeman goes to work each day, it’s only a matter of time before he makes a public official or government worker in New York upset.

State ed commissioner: Cuomo’s pre-K plan  ‘destructive’

CAPITOL

State ed commissioner: Cuomo’s pre-K plan ‘destructive’

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia didn’t parse words Wednesday as she told lawmakers how she feels about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pre-kindergarten budget proposals.

Concerns voiced at state Legislature's school budget hearing

CAPITOL

Concerns voiced at state Legislature's school budget hearing

While emotions have cooled on New York’s hot-button education issues, state lawmakers remain concerned about annual state tests and teacher evaluations and advocates remain concerned about funding levels.

Albany ethics commission adopts new fundraising and disclosure rules

ALBANY

Albany ethics commission adopts new fundraising and disclosure rules

In its nearly five years in existence, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics has often battled a poor public image, a problem rooted in its odd voting rules and perceived lack of activity, something recently exemplified by its continuing six-month search for a new executive director.

MMA backers rally at Capitol to legalize sport

ALBANY

MMA backers rally at Capitol to legalize sport

Chris Weidman was at the state Capitol in Albany Tuesday morning to stand by lawmakers pushing for the legalization of mixed martial arts in the state, but the UFC middleweight champion spent most of his time signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

New York strengthens transgender legal protections

New York strengthens transgender legal protections

State-wide regulations prohibiting harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender identity went into effect Wednesday, according to an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

Cuomo picks state’s top financial watchdog

Cuomo picks state’s top financial watchdog

After a months-long delay, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today selected a new top financial regulator for New York state, nominating Maria T. Vullo, a prominent litigator with ties to his administration.

Cuomo adds $5M in campaign cash amid reform talk

ALBANY

Cuomo adds $5M in campaign cash amid reform talk

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York's most prodigious fundraiser, raked in about $5 million over the past six months from contributors, and has about $16 million in his political war chest.

CAPITAL REGION

Capital Region school districts face uncertainty over Gap funds

Money owed to school districts from cuts made during the economic downturn has turned into a political football at the beginning of the legislative session and is causing heartburn for superintendents entering their budget season.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

AG opposes Constitution Pipeline tree-cutting request

The state Attorney General’s Office this week is joining a handful of environmental groups in opposing a request by the Constitution Pipeline Company to begin clearing trees along the proposed route before obtaining the final state permits for the project.

ALBANY

Regents ready to roll out statewide bilingual seal


New York students will soon have the chance to earn special accreditation for speaking at least two languages as the Board of Regents prepares to roll out a new bilingual seal this spring.

CAPITOL

Governor proposes $1 billion boost in education funding

“While the governor suggested many laudable programs in our public schools, his funding proposal for enacting those programs falls short,” New York State School Board Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer said in a statement following the speech.

Capital Region lawmakers encouraged by funding proposals

CAPITAL REGION

Capital Region lawmakers encouraged by funding proposals

Capital Region lawmakers are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is focusing on funding for upstate New York, but they question where the billions of dollars will come from.

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