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ADIRONDACKS

Plan for Adirondack trail approved

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

The Adirondack Park Agency has approved a plan that would remove 32 miles of historic railroad track between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake to make way for a new recreation trail.
 
Gibson knows challenging Cuomo for governor would be tough
ALBANY

Gibson knows challenging Cuomo for governor would be tough

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, in exploring a run for governor in 2018, will seek to sway independent and Democratic voters alienated by what he called Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s divisive leadership style.
 
U.S. attorney: NY State corruption can end
ALBANY

U.S. attorney: NY State corruption can end

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, says corruption is a problem for everyone and causes people to suffer.
 
Schenectady's mayor tells Assembly panel of infrastructure needs
CAPITOL

Schenectady's mayor tells Assembly panel of infrastructure needs

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
Mayor Gary McCarthy says he would like to see a state funding stream for municipalities to address aging infrastructure and for Schenectady to incorporate 21st century technology.
 
The highest-paid NY state employees of 2015

The highest-paid NY state employees of 2015

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
Pulling in $673,596, the highest-paid New York State employee was Reuven Pasternak, CEO and Vice President for Health Systems of Stony Brook University Hospital.
 
BOLTON LANDING

Land conservancy buys South Mountain acres

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

The Lake George Land Conservancy has purchased 140 acres that are part of the South Mountain range in Putnam for $210,000, the organization announced Monday.
 
NY testing Hoosick Falls water for toxic chemical
ALBANY

NY testing Hoosick Falls water for toxic chemical

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
Scrambling to contain an environmental scare in Hoosick Falls, Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed two state agencies to address the presence of a toxic chemical in the local water supply.
 
Open government official urges broad conception of open records
SCHENECTADY

Open government official urges broad conception of open records

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
When Bob Freeman goes to work each day, it’s only a matter of time before he makes a public official or government worker in New York upset.
 
State ed commissioner: Cuomo’s pre-K plan  ‘destructive’
CAPITOL

State ed commissioner: Cuomo’s pre-K plan ‘destructive’

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia didn’t parse words Wednesday as she told lawmakers how she feels about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pre-kindergarten budget proposals.
 
Concerns voiced at state Legislature's school budget hearing
CAPITOL

Concerns voiced at state Legislature's school budget hearing

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
While emotions have cooled on New York’s hot-button education issues, state lawmakers remain concerned about annual state tests and teacher evaluations and advocates remain concerned about funding levels.
 
Albany ethics commission adopts new fundraising and disclosure rules
ALBANY

Albany ethics commission adopts new fundraising and disclosure rules

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
In its nearly five years in existence, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics has often battled a poor public image, a problem rooted in its odd voting rules and perceived lack of activity, something recently exemplified by its continuing six-month search for a new executive director.
 
MMA backers rally at Capitol to legalize sport
ALBANY

MMA backers rally at Capitol to legalize sport

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Chris Weidman was at the state Capitol in Albany Tuesday morning to stand by lawmakers pushing for the legalization of mixed martial arts in the state, but the UFC middleweight champion spent most of his time signing autographs and taking photos with fans.
 
Teachout, ex-N.Y. gubernatorial candidate, running for Congress
19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Teachout, ex-N.Y. gubernatorial candidate, running for Congress

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham University law professor and 2014 gubernatorial candidate in New York, has officially announced her run to succeed Chris Gibson in the 19th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
New York strengthens transgender legal protections

New York strengthens transgender legal protections

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
State-wide regulations prohibiting harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender identity went into effect Wednesday, according to an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.
 
Cuomo picks state’s top financial watchdog

Cuomo picks state’s top financial watchdog

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
After a months-long delay, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today selected a new top financial regulator for New York state, nominating Maria T. Vullo, a prominent litigator with ties to his administration.
 
 

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