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CAPITOL

State attorney general sues Rensselaer County DA

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking the Rensselaer County District Attorney to court to assert his authority over police killings of unarmed civilians — the first time since Gov. Andrew Cuomo established the attorney general’s jurisdiction over those cases.

ADIRONDACKS

State to open Essex Chain lands up for recreation

The final state plan for the Essex Chain Lakes area emphasizes opening thousands of remote acres to outdoor recreational use.

Constitution ‘absolutely committed’ to building pipeline

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

Constitution ‘absolutely committed’ to building pipeline

The Constitution Pipeline Co. will try to keep its project alive.

Regents introduce research workgroup

A new workgroup has been tasked with studying the research behind testing, teacher evaluations and more.

New York state denies permit for Constitution gas pipeline

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

New York state denies permit for Constitution gas pipeline

The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Friday denied a permit sought for the proposed Constitution interstate gas transmission project.

Prosecutors seek more than 14 years in prison for Sheldon Silver

NEW YORK

Prosecutors seek more than 14 years in prison for Sheldon Silver

Sheldon Silver, the former state Assembly speaker, offered an emotional apology to the judge who will sentence him next month, saying in a letter filed Wednesday that he had “failed the people of New York.”

So, what is 'upstate' New York, exactly?

So, what is 'upstate' New York, exactly?

Tuesday is the last day that we are legally obligated to pay attention to New York state until the next time it's electing a governor, so we figured that this was as good a time as any to try and answer one of the more contentious questions vexing its residents: What is "upstate"?

CAPITOL

State education officials expect new teacher evaluations in 2018

State education officials plan to propose a new teacher evaluation system by spring 2018, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia told the Board of Regents on Monday.

Prosecutors in Sheldon Silver case cite extramarital affairs

NEW YORK

Prosecutors in Sheldon Silver case cite extramarital affairs

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have evidence that Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the New York State Assembly, engaged in extramarital relationships with two women, according to newly unsealed court documents.

Teacher evaluation plans still required

CAPITAL REGION

Teacher evaluation plans still required

Educators across the state are developing teacher-evaluation plans based on a law education policymakers say they plan to ditch, working under a system in line for big changes.

ADIRONDACKS

State finalizes purchase of Boreas Ponds tract in Adirondacks

The state has finalized the purchase of the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds tract of ponds, rivers and forest directly south of the High Peaks Wilderness, the Nature Conservancy announced today.

ALBANY

State sues CDPHP over hepatitis C coverage

The state Attorney General’s Office announced today that it is suing Albany-based health insurer CDPHP over its coverage of treatment for hepatitis C patients.

Power authority to take over state Canal Corporation management

ALBANY

Power authority to take over state Canal Corporation management

Major changes are wrapping up — and just beginning — as the state canal system prepares for its 2016 season.

Hillary Clinton tells Cohoes crowd she'll create jobs

COHOES

Hillary Clinton tells Cohoes crowd she'll create jobs

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton visited the Capital Region on Monday pledging to tackle challenges in upstate New York, focusing on jobs and education.

OZONE PARK, N.Y.

NYRA cancels Aqueduct card due to high winds

Due to extremely high winds in the New York metropolitan area, the New York Racing Association has canceled Aqueduct Racetrack's live racing program this afternoon.

New York’s path to $15 minimum wage: uneven, and bumpy

New York’s path to $15 minimum wage: uneven, and bumpy

With the budget agreement worked out in Albany this week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo can say he has steered New York onto the road to a statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour. But the trip will be uneven, and probably quite bumpy in spots, and its duration remains uncertain.

School districts pleased with education boost

CAPITAL REGION

School districts pleased with education boost

The next step for school district administrators across the state: finish their districts’ budgets.

Cuomo, leaders agree on New York state budget

CAPITOL

Cuomo, leaders agree on New York state budget

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislative leaders announced Thursday that they had reached a budget agreement that would raise the minimum wage.

Overhaul of solitary confinement is approved for New York’s prisons

NEW YORK STATE

Overhaul of solitary confinement is approved for New York’s prisons

A federal judge on Thursday formally approved a class-action settlement intended to overhaul the way solitary confinement is used in New York state’s prisons.

CAPITOL

Education groups urge lawmakers to resist receivership language

New York’s teachers union and a legal advocacy group urged lawmakers on Thursday to resist budget language the groups said would force 70 schools back into receivership — including Hamilton Elementary School in Schenectady.

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