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Start-Up NY off to slow start in Capital Region

CAPITAL REGION

Start-Up NY off to slow start in Capital Region

The delayed and quiet release of the summary of Start-Up NY’s 2015 performance has reignited criticism and defense of one of the state’s signature job-creation and economic development programs.

DEC aims to strengthen bald eagle comeback

DEC aims to strengthen bald eagle comeback

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted a new conservation plan for the bald eagle, trying to cement its dramatic comeback from near-extinction in New York state.

Cuomo’s Start-Up NY has created 408 jobs

Cuomo’s Start-Up NY has created 408 jobs

One of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s most highly promoted economic development initiatives has produced just 408 new jobs across New York state in the past two years, even as the state has spent tens of millions of dollars promoting it, according to a delayed report released Friday afternoon.

CDTA goes to work on taxi regulations

CAPITAL REGION

CDTA goes to work on taxi regulations

While waiting for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill giving the Capital District Transportation Authority management authority over the region’s taxi service, CDTA staff has begun working on the necessary regulations.

Boyark to run for state Assembly

MECHANICVILLE

Boyark to run for state Assembly

Republican Christopher Boyark on Monday formally launched his campaign for the 113th Assembly District seat, promising conservative values and a business-friendly approach to government.

20 corrections workers faulted in killers’ escape, 9 remain on the job

20 corrections workers faulted in killers’ escape, 9 remain on the job

While two of the employees — Gene Palmer and Joyce E. Mitchell — were imprisoned after pleading guilty last year to aiding the inmates, there have been few, if any, serious consequences for the 18 others.

Hotel room tax for Clifton Park gets Legislature’s OK

CLIFTON PARK

Hotel room tax for Clifton Park gets Legislature’s OK

State legislation that would allow the town to collect a 1.5 percent room occupancy tax from hotels in the commercial area around Northway Exit 9 has been approved by the state Legislature.

N.Y. kills right-to-repair bill that could make it easier to fix your phone

N.Y. kills right-to-repair bill that could make it easier to fix your phone

A bill that could make it easier to fix broken phones, computers and tablets was killed in the New York state legislature on Saturday when the session officially ended.

Education advocates seek hike in state funding for Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

Education advocates seek hike in state funding for Schenectady

Just days after lawmakers wrapped up the 2016 legislative session, Schenectady education advocates are beginning to press for increased funding in next year’s state budget.

Lawmakers pass lead contamination testing bill

ALBANY

Lawmakers pass lead contamination testing bill

School districts across the state will be required to test water taps for lead contamination under a law passed by the state Legislature in its final hours of work last week.

CAPITOL

State Legislature OKs bill increasing Metroplex's bond limit

A bill that would extend the life and bonding limit of the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority passed in the state Senate and Assembly on Thursday afternoon.

Angry over tainted water, Hoosick Falls residents push Albany to act

ALBANY

Angry over tainted water, Hoosick Falls residents push Albany to act

The residents of Hoosick Falls came to the state Capitol on Wednesday with the numbers hung around their necks, scribbled on their arms and written on posters.

N.Y. legislators back boozy brunch, but not ethics reform

ALBANY

N.Y. legislators back boozy brunch, but not ethics reform

Housing advocates are frustrated and ethics watchdogs are positively morose. But lawmakers here have made at least one demographic happy this week: the mimosa set.

Local frustration builds over the status of NYRA

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Local frustration builds over the status of NYRA

John Hendrickson resigned his position as the governor’s adviser to the New York Racing Association Reorganization Board on June 7, saying his advice was not being taken and he was frustrated at the government for not keeping its promises.

CAPITAL REGION

State, Capital Region lawmakers react to shooting, speak on gun control

The deadliest mass shooting in United States history has led to renewed calls for gun control measures from some politicians, but it’s unclear if anything will change as most remain divided along party lines.

ROTTERDAM

Assemblyman Santabarbara targets zombie properties

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, launched an effort in town Monday to hold banks accountable for abandoned properties.

ALBANY

Regents OK review for students with disabilities

Students with disabilities who don’t pass all of their Regents exams may still be able to graduate high school after their district superintendent reviews their coursework, under a state rule approved Monday.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Metroplex bond cap increase requested again

The Schenectady County Legislature has asked the state to increase the bonding authority of the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority.

CLIFTON PARK

Saratoga County urging state to OK Kinns Road park transfer

Saratoga County supervisors will hold a special meeting next week to push for state legislation that would shift ownership of the Kinns Road park from the county to the town of Clifton Park.

NY AG says Times Warner Cable misleads about internet speeds

NY AG says Times Warner Cable misleads about internet speeds

The ink is barely dry on Charter's massive acquisition of Time Warner Cable - a deal that just formed the nation's second-largest cable company -- but New York's attorney general is wasting no time pressing the firm on customer complaints about their Internet service.

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