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State launches seasonal energy assistance program

CAPITAL REGION

State launches seasonal energy assistance program

With nighttime temperatures now routinely dropping to freezing or colder, the state has launched its Home Energy Assistance Program to help financially struggling residents pay their fuel bills.

SUNY opens door to tuition bumps

NEW YORK STATE

SUNY opens door to tuition bumps

After a year of flat tuition at State University of New York colleges, SUNY campuses will have the option to raise tuition as much as $300 each of the next four years, under a proposal approved by the SUNY Trustees on Wednesday.

Cuomo vetoes Clifton Park hotel bed tax bill

CLIFTON PARK

Cuomo vetoes Clifton Park hotel bed tax bill

A bill that would allow the town of Clifton Park to levy a hotel bed tax, money it would use to support the town’s booming hotel industry, was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this week.

Cuomo vetoes bill offering credits to farmers who donate food

CAPITOL

Cuomo vetoes bill offering credits to farmers who donate food

At a time when demand on food pantries remains heavy, advocates are decrying Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to veto a bill that would have established a new tax credit for farmers who donate food.

Bharara agrees to continue as U.S. attorney after Obama's term

Bharara agrees to continue as U.S. attorney after Obama's term

Preet Bharara will stay on as the U.S. attorney in Manhattan next year, the prosecutor said Wednesday after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

Live: Cuomo speaks at Proctors in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

Live: Cuomo speaks at Proctors in Schenectady

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to stop in Schenectady Tuesday morning for a sustainable community development conference.

Survey: Over 3 million New Yorkers traveling for Thanksgiving

NEW YORK STATE

Survey: Over 3 million New Yorkers traveling for Thanksgiving

More than 3 million New Yorkers – the most since Thanksgiving of 2007 – are planning to hit the road for the holiday, according to AAA’s annual travel survey.

Trump agrees to $25 million settlement in Trump University fraud cases

NEW YORK

Trump agrees to $25 million settlement in Trump University fraud cases

The New York attorney general announced the settlement Friday.

ALBANY

Regents may change 2018 tests after all

The day after state education officials promised to make no changes to annual math and English tests for two years, they changed course and opened the door to changes in 2018, citing the uncertainty of a new presidential administration.

Some regents call for policy on closing ‘opportunity gap’

NEW YORK STATE

Some regents call for policy on closing ‘opportunity gap’

Some members of the Board of Regents on Tuesday called for a policy that would better address the opportunity gap that underlies the academic disparities at the heart of much education discourse.

Regents: No changes to state tests for next two years

NEW YORK STATE

Regents: No changes to state tests for next two years

Students in third through eighth grades are stuck with the annual state tests they have for at least the next two years after state officials announced Monday they don’t plan to make any more changes until 2019.

Schumer prepares for leading Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON

Schumer prepares for leading Senate Democrats

As the new Democratic leader of the Senate, Schumer will have 47 senators behind him, more than enough to block most legislative initiatives that are not formed with at least a modicum of consensus.

Absentee ballots will decide state Supreme Court race

NEW YORK STATE

Absentee ballots will decide state Supreme Court race

The outcome of a Schenectady County Family Court judge’s bid to become a state Supreme Court justice likely won’t be known for at least a couple weeks as absentee ballots now hold the key to the results.

Republicans dim Democrats’ hopes for control of New York State Senate

Republicans dim Democrats’ hopes for control of New York State Senate

Republicans on Long Island turned back challenges from Democrats in several state Senate races Tuesday, most likely stymying the Democratic Party’s bid for control of both chambers of the state Legislature.

Stefanik re-elected to Congressional seat

21ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Stefanik re-elected to Congressional seat

New York's North Country will continue to be represented by one of the House of Representatives' youngest members.

Marchione easily wins re-election in 43rd Senate District

43RD SENATE DISTRICT

Marchione easily wins re-election in 43rd Senate District

State Sen. Kathy Marchione easily won re-election on Tuesday, besting Democrat and Green party opponents.

Tedisco beats Putman in 49th State Senate District

49TH SENATE DISTRICT

Tedisco beats Putman in 49th State Senate District

Longtime Assemblyman Jim Tedisco soundly defeated newcomer Chad Putman on Tuesday to win election to the 49th state Senate District seat being vacated by Hugh Farley.

Schumer wins fourth term in Senate

NEW YORK

Schumer wins fourth term in Senate

As the struggle for control of the Senate played out in swing states across the country Tuesday night, the Democrats were quickly assured of preserving one of their safest seats: Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, as expected, was elected to his fourth term.

Concerns raised over unresolved ‘aspirational’ Regents scores

NEW YORK STATE

Concerns raised over unresolved ‘aspirational’ Regents scores

School leaders are increasingly voicing concerns over unanswered questions about whether higher pass scores will be required on a pair of Regents exams starting for the class of students now in seventh grade.

Events honor the state's political past in week leading up to election

CAPITAL REGION

Events honor the state's political past in week leading up to election

If you’re a political junkie who’s had more than enough of the 2016 presidential election brouhaha, there are other things to do than watching cable news.

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