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Cuomo taps Ossenfort for state Workforce Investment Board

Friday, April 24, 2015
Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort has been appointed to the state Workforce Investment Board by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
 
State won't punish for test opt-outs, but feds might

State won't punish for test opt-outs, but feds might

Friday, April 24, 2015
The state Department of Education backed off Friday on threats to punish school districts for the record number of students who refused to take this month’s standardized tests. But the U.S. Department of Education might come up with its own penalties.
 
NY buys 6,200 acres at southern edge of Adirondack High Peaks
ALBANY

NY buys 6,200 acres at southern edge of Adirondack High Peaks

Friday, April 24, 2015
Paddlers have a new area to explore at the upper reaches of the Hudson River and hikers will get better access to some mountains with the state's purchase of 6,200 acres at the southern edge of the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area.
 
NY advocates, legislators call for less solitary prison time
ALBANY

NY advocates, legislators call for less solitary prison time

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
More than 200 advocates and several legislators are calling for restricting solitary confinement for state inmates, citing a United Nations expert's conclusion that more than 15 days damages people mentally.
 
NY Assembly replaces stacks of paper with 150 tablets
ALBANY

NY Assembly replaces stacks of paper with 150 tablets

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Many of New York's 213 legislators joined the digital age Wednesday.
 
ALBANY

NY bill would nix statute of limitations on child sex abuse

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A group of advocates who work to fight child sex abuse is asking New York state lawmakers to eliminate the statute of limitations on certain sex crimes committed against minors.
 
Lawmakers stand by Skelos amid federal probe
ALBANY

Lawmakers stand by Skelos amid federal probe

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Republican lawmakers in New York are backing Senate Leader Dean Skelos amid a federal investigation into whether he influenced Nassau County's decision to award a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son.
 
Schneiderman warns Boy Scouts on discrimination
ALBANY

Schneiderman warns Boy Scouts on discrimination

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
New York's attorney general's office wrote this week to the Boy Scouts of America nationally, advising that state and city laws prohibit hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation.
 
NY nurses push legislature for staffing ratio limits
ALBANY

NY nurses push legislature for staffing ratio limits

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Hundreds of nurses from around New York state have come to the Capitol to urge lawmakers to require hospitals to meet minimum staffing requirements.
 
ALBANY

NY troopers issue 17,447 tickets during 'Operation Hang Up'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
New York State Police say they issued 17,447 tickets during their five-day "Operation Hang Up" distracted driving crackdown.
 
A look at other issues facing the NY Legislature
ALBANY

A look at other issues facing the NY Legislature

Monday, April 20, 2015
Rent control, a minimum wage hike, the Dream Act and mayoral control of schools aren't the only issues facing New York lawmakers when they return to Albany on Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the other items on the agenda.
 
Annual Tour of the Battenkill has European flavor
WASHINGTON COUNTY

Annual Tour of the Battenkill has European flavor

Thursday, April 16, 2015
The 11th edition of the Tour of the Battenkill, modeled after European classic-style races, had 2,500 registrants from 45 states and 10 countries at last count, according to race organizer Dieter Drake.
 
Left, right ally against Cuomo's Start-Up NY
ALBANY

Left, right ally against Cuomo's Start-Up NY

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
An unlikely coalition from New York's political right and left has called for the suspension of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Start-Up NY economic development program following reports of modest initial success and significant marketing costs.
 
New York eliminates 57 nuisance fees on ski lifts, lasers
ALBANY

New York eliminates 57 nuisance fees on ski lifts, lasers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
New York is eliminating dozens of small fees the state had imposed on such random things as potato inspections, ski lifts and workers' compensation disputes involving podiatrists.
 
NY lawmakers mull warning labels on sugary beverages
ALBANY

NY lawmakers mull warning labels on sugary beverages

Monday, April 13, 2015
Public health advocates want New York to require labels on sugary drinks to warn consumers about the dangers of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.
 
 

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