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New York makes it legal to cry in your funeral pie

New York makes it legal to cry in your funeral pie

In New York state’s funeral homes, arcane rules had long forbidden food and drinks.

ADIRONDACKS & CATSKILLS

DEC warns bears hungry and active in New York this year

Black bears are being unusually active this summer, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is re-emphasizing ways to minimize problems.

Yogurt plant’s closing prompts questions on Cuomo’s economic growth plans

BATAVIA

Yogurt plant’s closing prompts questions on Cuomo’s economic growth plans

It was meant to be the Colosseum of yogurt plants: a sprawling $200 million testament to the popularity and economic potential of fermented milk.

Move over for ambulances, volunteer firefighters

ALBANY

Move over for ambulances, volunteer firefighters

Volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers are now included in New York's "Move-Over" law.

State tax cap to remain under 1 percent in 2017

State tax cap to remain under 1 percent in 2017

In 2017, property owners in New York state won't see a jump in taxes that exceeds 0.67 percent.

James Seward seeking re-election to state Senate seat

James Seward seeking re-election to state Senate seat

ONEONTA -- Longtime state Sen. James Seward, R-Oneonta, announced on Tuesday that he will be running for re-election for the 51st Senate District seat.

Federal, state hearings to probe Hoosick Falls water contamination

HOOSICK FALLS

Federal, state hearings to probe Hoosick Falls water contamination

Hearings into the state and federal governments’ response to contamination in the village’s drinking water supply will be held at the national and state levels.

ADIRONDACKS

Boat inspections foiling invasive species

Long Lake was nearly invaded by zebra mussels this spring, and by curly- leaf pondweed, another water-borne invasive species.

Start-Up NY off to slow start in Capital Region

CAPITAL REGION

Start-Up NY off to slow start in Capital Region

The delayed and quiet release of the summary of Start-Up NY’s 2015 performance has reignited criticism and defense of one of the state’s signature job-creation and economic development programs.

DEC aims to strengthen bald eagle comeback

DEC aims to strengthen bald eagle comeback

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted a new conservation plan for the bald eagle, trying to cement its dramatic comeback from near-extinction in New York state.

Cuomo’s Start-Up NY has created 408 jobs

Cuomo’s Start-Up NY has created 408 jobs

One of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s most highly promoted economic development initiatives has produced just 408 new jobs across New York state in the past two years, even as the state has spent tens of millions of dollars promoting it, according to a delayed report released Friday afternoon.

CDTA goes to work on taxi regulations

CAPITAL REGION

CDTA goes to work on taxi regulations

While waiting for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill giving the Capital District Transportation Authority management authority over the region’s taxi service, CDTA staff has begun working on the necessary regulations.

Boyark to run for state Assembly

MECHANICVILLE

Boyark to run for state Assembly

Republican Christopher Boyark on Monday formally launched his campaign for the 113th Assembly District seat, promising conservative values and a business-friendly approach to government.

20 corrections workers faulted in killers’ escape, 9 remain on the job

20 corrections workers faulted in killers’ escape, 9 remain on the job

While two of the employees — Gene Palmer and Joyce E. Mitchell — were imprisoned after pleading guilty last year to aiding the inmates, there have been few, if any, serious consequences for the 18 others.

Hotel room tax for Clifton Park gets Legislature’s OK

CLIFTON PARK

Hotel room tax for Clifton Park gets Legislature’s OK

State legislation that would allow the town to collect a 1.5 percent room occupancy tax from hotels in the commercial area around Northway Exit 9 has been approved by the state Legislature.

N.Y. kills right-to-repair bill that could make it easier to fix your phone

N.Y. kills right-to-repair bill that could make it easier to fix your phone

A bill that could make it easier to fix broken phones, computers and tablets was killed in the New York state legislature on Saturday when the session officially ended.

Education advocates seek hike in state funding for Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

Education advocates seek hike in state funding for Schenectady

Just days after lawmakers wrapped up the 2016 legislative session, Schenectady education advocates are beginning to press for increased funding in next year’s state budget.

Lawmakers pass lead contamination testing bill

ALBANY

Lawmakers pass lead contamination testing bill

School districts across the state will be required to test water taps for lead contamination under a law passed by the state Legislature in its final hours of work last week.

CAPITOL

State Legislature OKs bill increasing Metroplex's bond limit

A bill that would extend the life and bonding limit of the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority passed in the state Senate and Assembly on Thursday afternoon.

Angry over tainted water, Hoosick Falls residents push Albany to act

ALBANY

Angry over tainted water, Hoosick Falls residents push Albany to act

The residents of Hoosick Falls came to the state Capitol on Wednesday with the numbers hung around their necks, scribbled on their arms and written on posters.

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