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At upstate film hub project, some drama but little action

Of all the pronouncements that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has made about creating jobs in upstate New York, perhaps the most fanciful came in the state’s decision to spend $15 million to build a high-tech film studio in Onondaga County.

Cuomo signs law allowing CDTA to oversee taxi services in Capital Region

CAPITAL REGION

Cuomo signs law allowing CDTA to oversee taxi services in Capital Region

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law that will allow the Capital District Transportation Authority to start overseeing taxi services in the four central Capital Region counties.

CAPITOL

State makes paying for funerals easier for victims’ families

The state has closed a loophole in state victims compensation for burial costs, making it easier for all funeral homes to receive funds directly, the governor’s office announced Friday.

Lake George beach reopens after high bacteria count

LAKE GEORGE

Lake George beach reopens after high bacteria count

Million Dollar Beach, the most popular beach on Lake George, was closed Friday due to bacteria contamination, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said.

Glens Falls wins $10 million state grant to revitalize its downtown

GLENS FALLS

Glens Falls wins $10 million state grant to revitalize its downtown

Glens Falls has come out on top in the competition among a dozen Capital Region downtowns for $10 million in state revitalization funds.

How western wildfires are killing upstate trees

WASHINGTON

How western wildfires are killing upstate trees

Because wildfires are not considered national disasters, there is no emergency funding to fight them. Instead, the U.S. Forest Service moves money away from programs like the beetle infestation destroying New York ash trees to cover the expense.

‘Great South Woods’ plan aimed at tourism hike

ADIRONDACKS

‘Great South Woods’ plan aimed at tourism hike

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has accepted the recommendations of a report on promoting a wide swath of the southern Adirondacks as the “Great South Woods.”

DMV warns: Don't take a selfie while driving

ALBANY

DMV warns: Don't take a selfie while driving

It takes roughly two seconds to look at a phone and take a selfie — the same amount of time it takes for a car speeding down the highway to travel about 180 feet.

ALBANY

Official defends Cuomo's program that has created only 408 jobs

New York’s chief economic development official faced sharp questioning on Wednesday from lawmakers who questioned the wisdom and effectiveness of one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature initiatives.

ALBANY

Feds may require 95% student participation in state tests

As federal officials develop rules under the new national education law — the Every Student Succeeds Act — one proposal steps knee deep into the battle in New York over statewide testing opt outs.

State office marks 50 years of assisting victims of crime

ALBANY

State office marks 50 years of assisting victims of crime

When Brad and Lisa Gilbert bought their home in Rotterdam years ago, they did so with no thought that their daughter might one day require a wheelchair.

Brooklyn hospital’s sale, backed by de Blasio and Cuomo, draws federal scrutiny

But the outcome now appears to be under federal scrutiny, the latest subject of a sprawling investigation into fundraising and potential pay-to-play politics in New York. Federal subpoenas have been received by the health care workers union, 1199 SEIU, which has supported de Blasio and Cuomo, and by the hospital’s former owner, the State University of New York.

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.

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