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CAPITOL

State Assembly, Senate agree to restore school funds

Both state legislative chambers called for fully restoring a series of school funding budget cuts enacted during the economic downturn, but differed on how much to increase other funding to schools.

Bill to legalize MMA likely headed for Assembly vote

CAPITOL

Bill to legalize MMA likely headed for Assembly vote

A vote on the bill to legalize mixed martial arts is expected to come to the Assembly floor as early as Monday, according to Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam.

Greenwich boy killed by falling boulder in Adirondacks

KEENE

Greenwich boy killed by falling boulder in Adirondacks

A 12-year-old boy from Washington County was killed Sunday afternoon after he was struck by a falling boulder at Roaring Brook Falls in the Adirondacks.

Contaminants removed from Hoosick Falls water, governor says

HOOSICK FALLS

Contaminants removed from Hoosick Falls water, governor says

More than six weeks after declaring an environmental emergency in this village, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his first visit here Sunday, announcing that a new filter system had successfully cleared a toxic chemical known as PFOA from the municipal water supply.

ADIRONDACKS

APA approves all-terrain bikes on Essex Chain Lakes land

The Adirondack Park Agency on Friday voted in favor of a plan that will allow all-terrain bikes on the former logging roads in the Essex Chain Lakes primitive area in Essex and Hamilton counties.

ALBANY

State Legislature elects 3 new regents as board enters new era

New York’s top education policymaking body, the Board of Regents, enters a new era this spring as three new members take their seats on the 17-person board and a new chancellor is elected.

‘Woodswoman’ acreage donated to state

ADIRONDACKS

‘Woodswoman’ acreage donated to state

The 32-acre property of famed conservationist Anne LaBastille on a remote Herkimer County lake has been donated to New York state, state Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced Monday.

Schenectady coalition seeks more education funding at Capitol

CAPITOL

Schenectady coalition seeks more education funding at Capitol

A recently-formed coalition of Schenectady clergy and community activists pressed their message of “fully funding” Schenectady city schools at the state Capitol on Monday.

Wall Street bonuses fell in 2015

Wall Street bonuses fell in 2015

Wall Street bonuses are down for the second straight year, and recent market volatility and cutbacks suggest that 2016 is shaping up to be a difficult year, according to the New York State comptroller.

Poll: Trump, Clinton have commanding leads in N.Y. state

NEW YORK STATE

Poll: Trump, Clinton have commanding leads in N.Y. state

Mike Cuevas likes to think that most Schenectady County Republicans prefer Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio for the nation’s highest office, but he’s clearly not presidential timber as far as the rest of the state is concerned.

Trump flirted with bid for New York governor before ’16 race

Trump flirted with bid for New York governor before ’16 race

In late December 2013, after Donald Trump had met with a number of Republicans to discuss a possible run for governor of New York, he received a memo from an attendee, a freshman assemblyman from upstate.

NY lawmaker wants to pay TV shows to get more diverse

NY lawmaker wants to pay TV shows to get more diverse

The entertainment industry's difficulties with diversity in front of and behind the camera were headline news throughout this recently concluded Oscar season. And while much of the coverage has been devoted to parsing the numbers that show just how chronic and widespread the problems are, solutions have been slower to emerge from the mass of studies and public statements about the value of diversity.

Opposition groups take aim at Constitution Pipeline, FERC

CAPITOL

Opposition groups take aim at Constitution Pipeline, FERC

Pennsylvania landowner Megan Holleran and representatives of groups that oppose the Constitution Pipeline were at the Capitol Wednesday to call on the governor and the DEC to deny the water permit.

New York to step up effort to battle problem gambling

NEW YORK STATE

New York to step up effort to battle problem gambling

With new casinos under construction in upstate New York, the state Gaming Commission is moving to strengthen its problem gambling policies.

LAKE GEORGE

Higher boating fees sought for Lake George

The Lake George Park Commission will hold a public informational meeting Wednesday to discuss the possibility of raising boating and docking fees.

Henry Diamond, conservation movement lawyer, dies at 83

Henry L. Diamond, a lawyer who went from the vanguard of a nascent environmental movement half a century ago to become New York state’s first environmental conservation commissioner, died Sunday in Washington. He was 83.

In Schenectady, coalition pushes labeling for GMOs

SCHENECTADY

In Schenectady, coalition pushes labeling for GMOs

Carol Kirk and Michael Bisaillon have access to the food in local grocery stores like other residents, but they often struggle to find something to eat there.

SARATOGA COUNTY

Saratoga County board opposes $15 minimum wage for ag workers

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo campaigned across the state Tuesday in support of a $15 minimum wage, those who oppose the increase, at least for agricultural workers, also made their case.

Maple syrup makers in New York savor aftertaste of a mild winter

Maple syrup makers in New York savor aftertaste of a mild winter

An exceptionally mild winter in the northern stretch of New York state has been a boon for an industry that sweetens the morning pancakes.

Three DNA analysts file suit against state police

ALBANY

Three DNA analysts file suit against state police

Three DNA analysts accused of cheating on proficiency exams are suing the state police, contending the allegations were a pretext to prevent a new type of DNA analysis from being instituted.

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