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NY Assembly to vote on universal health coverage
ALBANY

NY Assembly to vote on universal health coverage

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The New York Assembly plans to vote on legislation to establish publicly funded universal health coverage in a so-called single payer system.
 
New York state's chief judge calls for fixed prison terms
ALBANY

New York state's chief judge calls for fixed prison terms

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
New York's chief judge called Wednesday for state judges to be allowed to set fixed prison terms rather than handing convicts a range of time they might serve.
 
Audit raps state Canal Corp. on inspections
ALBANY

Audit raps state Canal Corp. on inspections

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The State Canal Corp. hasn’t performed required in-depth inspections on various structures for years, increasing the risk to the 524-mile canal system, boaters and nearby residents, New York auditors reported Tuesday.
 
AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam council seeks to tap sewer fund to balance budget

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The Common Council is seeking approval from the state Legislature to use an unspecified amount of money from the city’s sewer fund to help balance the proposed 2015-16 city budget.
 
ALBANY

Florida schools chief to lead New York Education Department

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
A Florida school superintendent has been appointed New York education commissioner.
 
School tax increases slow sharply under tax cap
CAPITAL REGION

School tax increases slow sharply under tax cap

Monday, May 25, 2015
The tax cap is working to slow the growth of school taxes, the Empire Center for New York State Policy announced Wednesday in a report analyzing tax levy increases statewide before and after the state imposed the cap.
 
Cuomo's office ends email auto delete policy
ALBANY

Cuomo's office ends email auto delete policy

Friday, May 22, 2015
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration on Friday ended its practice of automatically deleting emails after 90 days after criticism that it was an affront to open government.
 
NY offering free inspections weekly of child safety seats
ALBANY

NY offering free inspections weekly of child safety seats

Thursday, May 21, 2015
New York traffic authorities say free inspections of child safety seats are available this year at locations across the state.
 
CAPITOL

Assembly OKs school test reforms

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Assembly passed school test reform Wednesday with a bill that also takes aim at the Common Core curriculum.
 
NY wage board to begin consideration of fast food wage hike
ALBANY

NY wage board to begin consideration of fast food wage hike

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Fast food workers in New York state are hoping recent minimum wage increases around the country prompt the state to increase their pay to $15 an hour.
 
Historic Camp Santanoni barn to be rebuilt
NEWCOMB

Historic Camp Santanoni barn to be rebuilt

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
One of the few remaining Adirondack Great Camps would be made more visitor-friendly and a historic barn destroyed by fire would be rebuilt as a visitors’ center under a new proposed state management plan.
 
ALBANY

New York Power Authority, union agree to new contract

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
A new contract between the New York Power Authority and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ratified Tuesday will raise salaries and require increased health insurance contributions from union members.
 
New York state regulator proposes foreclosure law change
ALBANY

New York state regulator proposes foreclosure law change

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
New York's top bank regulator on Tuesday proposed amending state law to shorten the foreclosure process for homes with delinquent mortgages.
 
Hikers urged to avoid Adirondack peaks during mud season
RAY BROOK

Hikers urged to avoid Adirondack peaks during mud season

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
It's mud season in the Adirondacks, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging hikers to postpone hikes on trails above 3,000 feet until mid-June.
 
Ethical qualms dogging Cuomo
CAPITOL

Ethical qualms dogging Cuomo

Saturday, May 16, 2015
They were Albany’s most powerful men: the governor, the state Senate majority leader and the Assembly speaker. Now two face federal corruption charges, and the third — Gov. Andrew Cuomo — appears eager to focus on other issues even as he faces questions about his ties to a major real estate firm at the center of the newest scandal to rock the state Capitol.
 
 

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