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Bill to legalize mixed martial arts advances in NY
ALBANY

Bill to legalize mixed martial arts advances in NY

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The fight to legalize mixed martial arts in New York — the last state to prohibit cage matches with small gloves — resumed Tuesday with legislation advancing out of committee and some lawmakers advocating a special fund for brain-damaged fighters.
 
ALBANY

NY farming economy grew 22 percent in five-year period

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Agriculture contributed an estimated $37.6 billion to New York's economy by 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over the previous five years, but the number of farms declined slightly, according to the state comptroller.
 
NY lawmakers to try again to pass 'toxic toy' bill
ALBANY

NY lawmakers to try again to pass 'toxic toy' bill

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Two New York state lawmakers have reintroduced legislation intended to ban the use of toxic chemicals in children's toys — but the legislation continues to face opposition from toy manufacturers.
 
NY Senate backs term limits for legislative leadership posts

NY Senate backs term limits for legislative leadership posts

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
New York's state Senate has endorsed term limits on legislative leadership, though the idea is unlikely to win approval in the Assembly.
 
ALBANY

NY teachers unions criticize charter schools over rally

Monday, March 2, 2015
A teachers union is criticizing charter schools for taking children out of the classroom to rally at the New York state Capitol later this week.
 
NEW YORK STATE

DWI arrests decline for 5th straight year in New York state

Sunday, March 1, 2015
The anti-drunken driving message is getting out across New York state. Arrests dropped for the fifth year in row, and numbers are way down over the course of a decade.
 
ALBANY

NY legislators approve delay in electronic prescriptions

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
New York legislators have voted to postpone until next year the deadline for doctors to issue only electronic drug prescriptions, saying many still lack the required federal approval to do that for painkillers and other addictive drugs on the government list of controlled substances.
 
ALBANY

NY colleges taking part in national policy issue simulation

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Several New York universities and colleges are participating in a national competition that has students come up with a solution to a simulated health care policy problem facing local, state and federal legislators.
 
ALBANY

NY senators propose disclosure that would affect Cuomo

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
New York Senate Republicans have introduced ethics legislation requiring state officials file financial disclosures for everyone they live with — a move that would affect Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
 
Report: Schenectady casino won on location, operator's record
SCHENECTADY

Report: Schenectady casino won on location, operator's record

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
The state Gaming Facility Location Board chose Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady for a casino license because of Rush Street Gaming’s strong track record and the casino site’s riverfront location.
 
UPDATE: Schenectady debates Cuomo's 'failing schools'

UPDATE: Schenectady debates Cuomo's 'failing schools'

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
Hamilton and Lincoln schools were included on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s list of 178 “failing schools,” which also includes schools in 16 other districts. He said the list proves his reforms must be approved by the state Legislature this year.
 
Cuomo won't say if aides have been contacted by feds
ALBANY

Cuomo won't say if aides have been contacted by feds

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he has not been subpoenaed or contacted by federal investigators probing Albany corruption, but he would not say if the same is true for his aides.
 
ALBANY

NY launches campaign to combat campus sexual assault

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
New York has begun a new statewide campaign to fight campus sexual assault and support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call to expand a new sexual consent policy to private colleges.
 
ALBANY

Gov. Cuomo, top lawmakers begin budget talks

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
New York's governor and three top lawmakers have begun the annual series of closed-door budget talks.
 
ALBANY

NY mental health advocates say more housing is needed

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Several hundred advocates for better mental health treatment for New Yorkers rallied Wednesday at the state Capitol for more housing with staff support.
 
 

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