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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.

START-UP NY leader leaving post

ALBANY

START-UP NY leader leaving post

The director of START-UP NY is returning to the private sector after leading the jobs-creation program for 21⁄2 years.

Siena poll: Voters not happy with presidential candidates

LOUDONVILLE

Siena poll: Voters not happy with presidential candidates

When New Yorkers go to the polls in November and vote for president, more than half of them may be wishing there was someone else on the ballot.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

State to consider Saratoga Springs plan to convert music hall into court space

City Hall’s third-floor musical hall would be converted into City Court space under a plan endorsed Thursday by the Saratoga Springs City Council.

NEW YORK STATE

State Assembly passes zombie properties bill

The state Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday that would fight zombie properties in municipalities statewide.

New York aims to become the next state to toss the Tampon Tax

NEW YORK

New York aims to become the next state to toss the Tampon Tax

Feminine products are having a moment. With some calling for a red wave to take the taboo out of menstruation, politicians across the country are trying to make tampons and sanitary pads as affordable and accessible as possible.

ADIRONDACKS

Cuomo OKs plan to replace Adirondack rail tracks with trail

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved a controversial plan tear up historic railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, to convert the 34-mile corridor into a multi-use recreation trail.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

Constitution Pipeline appeals state denial of permit

Constitution Pipeline is fighting to keep alive its proposal for a 125-mile transmission line to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to Schoharie County.

Education officials: State out front on transgender issue

ALBANY

Education officials: State out front on transgender issue

Federal guidance that calls on every school district in the country to allow students to use restrooms based on gender identity doesn’t concern New York’s top education officials — because they are already there.

State Education Department formulates new plan under federal law

ALBANY

State Education Department formulates new plan under federal law

State education officials hope to account for more than just test scores as they move forward on a new plan that will touch on standards, family engagement, school accountability and much more under the new federal education law.

Dean Skelos gets 5 years for corruption

NEW YORK

Dean Skelos gets 5 years for corruption

Dean G. Skelos, the once powerful Republican majority leader of the New York State Senate who was convicted with his son in December on federal corruption charges, was sentenced to 5 years in prison on Thursday.

Cuomo says he supports New York farmworkers’ right to organize

Cuomo says he supports New York farmworkers’ right to organize

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said Tuesday that he supported collective bargaining rights for some 60,000 New York farmworkers and that the state was renouncing a loophole in federal labor laws that has left farmworkers unprotected and marginalized for more than seven decades.

Court of Appeals sends back Adirondack paddler case

ALBANY

Court of Appeals sends back Adirondack paddler case

The state's highest court has sent an Adirondack paddlers' rights case back to a trial-level court to resolve facts about whether the remote stream is navigable under state law.

Cuomo loyalist with troubled finances is at center of U.S. inquiry

Cuomo loyalist with troubled finances is at center of U.S. inquiry

A review of court documents and public records found Todd Howe's professional persona masked a history of chaotic and slipshod financial dealings, including a 2003 bankruptcy and nearly $400,000 in federal tax liens and other judgments against him.

Thomas Libous, powerful N.Y. senator felled by scandal, dies at 63

Thomas W. Libous, the once-influential former New York state senator whose reputation was tarnished by a late-life criminal conviction, died Tuesday at a hospice center in Endicott, New York. He was 63.

State's tax cap can have unintended impact on school budgets

CAPITAL REGION

State's tax cap can have unintended impact on school budgets

It seemed like a mistake at first. How could Gloversville schools have a negative 6 percent tax cap — a cap that is widely described as limiting the annual growth of school taxes to 2 percent or less?

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