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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?

Race for Farley's Senate seat could get crowded

49TH SENATE DISTRICT

Race for Farley's Senate seat could get crowded

Republican Assemblyman James Tedisco is flirting with running for Hugh Farley’s seat with the senior senator already throwing his support behind him.

Sheldon Silver gets 12-year prison sentence

ALBANY

Sheldon Silver gets 12-year prison sentence

Sheldon Silver, who rose from the Lower East Side of Manhattan to become one of the state’s most powerful and feared politicians as speaker of the New York Assembly, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison in a case that came to symbolize Albany’s culture of graft.

Hugh Farley announces retirement from N.Y. Senate

ALBANY

Hugh Farley announces retirement from N.Y. Senate

After 40 years in the state Senate, Hugh Farley says he is done with politics.

Chris Gibson not running for governor

ALBANY

Chris Gibson not running for governor

U.S. Rep Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, says he will not be running for governor in 2018.

‘Cellblock Albany’ awaits more ex-New York State legislators

ALBANY

‘Cellblock Albany’ awaits more ex-New York State legislators

Down the hall came Inmate No. 78764-053, a man diminished by the loss of the $2,500 suit and the $800 shoes he had just been forced to exchange for a jumpsuit, following a guard to his cell.

Federal inquiry into Cuomo project in Buffalo focuses on a former aide

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan and the FBI are looking into whether the former senior aide, Joseph Percoco, and his wife failed to properly disclose thousands of dollars in income they had received from a company or companies doing business with the state, two of the people briefed on the matter said.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli gets tour of Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli gets tour of Schenectady

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli visited Schenectady to tour progress in the city with local officials on Friday, who said the focus will shift to development in the neighborhoods.

Broadband coming to Adirondacks, state says

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Broadband coming to Adirondacks, state says

The state’s rural broadband initiative should lead to more and better Internet service in the Adirondacks by the end of 2018, Adirondack local government leaders were told Thursday.

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"?

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