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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.

Cuomo to deliver State of the State, budget today

ALBANY

Cuomo to deliver State of the State, budget today

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his 2016 State of the State and budget address this afternoon in Albany.

U.S. attorney: No evidence of criminal interference of Moreland Commission

U.S. attorney: No evidence of criminal interference of Moreland Commission

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said today his investigation indicated no federal crimes were committed involving interference with the operation of a Moreland Commission on ethics issues in Albany.

In Albany, outside jobs from pets to funerals

ALBANY

In Albany, outside jobs from pets to funerals

Once upon a time in Albany, or so the Capitol’s origin story goes, the men who governed New York state from the Legislature’s vaulted chambers were farmers

CAPITOL

Cuomo proposes large boost in state environmental fund


Environmental groups and farm advocates praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal Tuesday to boost the state’s Environmental Protection Fund by 30 percent, to a record $300 million.

CAPITOL

Area lawmakers seek boost for ‘small-city’ schools


Local lawmakers are trying to ramp up support for a bill that aims to direct more funding toward “small-city” school districts like Schenectady.

Capital Region legislators differ on ways to fund schools

CAPITOL

Capital Region legislators differ on ways to fund schools

A fight over what to do with New York’s education funding formula could heat up as lawmakers look to address funding disparities in the coming years, Capital Region legislators suggested in interviews this week.

Cuomo to raise minimum wage for workers at state universities

ALBANY

Cuomo to raise minimum wage for workers at state universities

Continuing a push for the payment of higher wages for public-sector jobs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced a plan Monday to raise the minimum wage for state university workers to $15.

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