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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.

When will state's medical marijuana program start?

ALBANY

When will state's medical marijuana program start?

Nearly 18 months after the Compassionate Care Act was signed into law, medical marijuana advocates say they fear the state's new highly restrictive program won't be ready this month, as planned.

Cuomo issues order to move homeless indoors in freezing weather

Cuomo issues order to move homeless indoors in freezing weather

The order, which goes into effect early Tuesday, requires local governments to remove homeless people by force, if necessary, once the temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

Bills abound to deny pensions to convicted pols

Croci drafts latest bill to deny pension to convicted pols, but bills languishing in committees

NY laws to protect women, fight trafficking to take effect

ALBANY

NY laws to protect women, fight trafficking to take effect

New laws designed to fight human trafficking and protect women in the workplace are coming to New York shortly after the new year.

Ethics probe: Ex-NY lawmaker harassed staff, misused office

BUFFALO

Ethics probe: Ex-NY lawmaker harassed staff, misused office

A state ethics investigation has determined that a former assemblyman from western New York mistreated and harassed female employees and abused his office by using state resources for his re-election campaign.

New York to require smoke detectors with 10-year batteries

ALBANY

New York to require smoke detectors with 10-year batteries

New York state will soon require all new smoke detectors to contain 10-year, nonremovable batteries in a move to discourage tampering and ensure the devices continue to work even if the owner fails to check on them.

Uber looks to expand throughout New York; cabbies fight back

ALBANY

Uber looks to expand throughout New York; cabbies fight back

Lawmakers returning to Albany for the usual debates over taxes and spending will also take on an issue even more basic to many New Yorkers — the options for getting home from the train station, the airport or a long night out on the town.

NY state to spend $1M on upgrades at Northway rest area

QUEENSBURY

NY state to spend $1M on upgrades at Northway rest area

Transportation officials say New York state plans to spend $1 million to renovate an interstate highway rest area along a gateway to the Adirondacks.

NY cracking down on proliferation of donated clothing bins

New York state has taken steps to start regulating the proliferation of large metal bins used by organizations to collect donated clothing.

Cuomo names new budget director, chief of staff

ALBANY

Cuomo names new budget director, chief of staff

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has chosen the top staff member of the state Senate's majority Republicans to be his new budget director.

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