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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.

N.Y. legislators back boozy brunch, but not ethics reform

ALBANY

N.Y. legislators back boozy brunch, but not ethics reform

Housing advocates are frustrated and ethics watchdogs are positively morose. But lawmakers here have made at least one demographic happy this week: the mimosa set.

Local frustration builds over the status of NYRA

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Local frustration builds over the status of NYRA

John Hendrickson resigned his position as the governor’s adviser to the New York Racing Association Reorganization Board on June 7, saying his advice was not being taken and he was frustrated at the government for not keeping its promises.

CAPITAL REGION

State, Capital Region lawmakers react to shooting, speak on gun control

The deadliest mass shooting in United States history has led to renewed calls for gun control measures from some politicians, but it’s unclear if anything will change as most remain divided along party lines.

ROTTERDAM

Assemblyman Santabarbara targets zombie properties

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, launched an effort in town Monday to hold banks accountable for abandoned properties.

ALBANY

Regents OK review for students with disabilities

Students with disabilities who don’t pass all of their Regents exams may still be able to graduate high school after their district superintendent reviews their coursework, under a state rule approved Monday.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Metroplex bond cap increase requested again

The Schenectady County Legislature has asked the state to increase the bonding authority of the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority.

CLIFTON PARK

Saratoga County urging state to OK Kinns Road park transfer

Saratoga County supervisors will hold a special meeting next week to push for state legislation that would shift ownership of the Kinns Road park from the county to the town of Clifton Park.

NY AG says Times Warner Cable misleads about internet speeds

NY AG says Times Warner Cable misleads about internet speeds

The ink is barely dry on Charter's massive acquisition of Time Warner Cable - a deal that just formed the nation's second-largest cable company -- but New York's attorney general is wasting no time pressing the firm on customer complaints about their Internet service.

START-UP NY leader leaving post

ALBANY

START-UP NY leader leaving post

The director of START-UP NY is returning to the private sector after leading the jobs-creation program for 21⁄2 years.

Siena poll: Voters not happy with presidential candidates

LOUDONVILLE

Siena poll: Voters not happy with presidential candidates

When New Yorkers go to the polls in November and vote for president, more than half of them may be wishing there was someone else on the ballot.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

State to consider Saratoga Springs plan to convert music hall into court space

City Hall’s third-floor musical hall would be converted into City Court space under a plan endorsed Thursday by the Saratoga Springs City Council.

NEW YORK STATE

State Assembly passes zombie properties bill

The state Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday that would fight zombie properties in municipalities statewide.

New York aims to become the next state to toss the Tampon Tax

NEW YORK

New York aims to become the next state to toss the Tampon Tax

Feminine products are having a moment. With some calling for a red wave to take the taboo out of menstruation, politicians across the country are trying to make tampons and sanitary pads as affordable and accessible as possible.

ADIRONDACKS

Cuomo OKs plan to replace Adirondack rail tracks with trail

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved a controversial plan tear up historic railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, to convert the 34-mile corridor into a multi-use recreation trail.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

Constitution Pipeline appeals state denial of permit

Constitution Pipeline is fighting to keep alive its proposal for a 125-mile transmission line to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to Schoharie County.

Education officials: State out front on transgender issue

ALBANY

Education officials: State out front on transgender issue

Federal guidance that calls on every school district in the country to allow students to use restrooms based on gender identity doesn’t concern New York’s top education officials — because they are already there.

State Education Department formulates new plan under federal law

ALBANY

State Education Department formulates new plan under federal law

State education officials hope to account for more than just test scores as they move forward on a new plan that will touch on standards, family engagement, school accountability and much more under the new federal education law.

Dean Skelos gets 5 years for corruption

NEW YORK

Dean Skelos gets 5 years for corruption

Dean G. Skelos, the once powerful Republican majority leader of the New York State Senate who was convicted with his son in December on federal corruption charges, was sentenced to 5 years in prison on Thursday.

Cuomo says he supports New York farmworkers’ right to organize

Cuomo says he supports New York farmworkers’ right to organize

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said Tuesday that he supported collective bargaining rights for some 60,000 New York farmworkers and that the state was renouncing a loophole in federal labor laws that has left farmworkers unprotected and marginalized for more than seven decades.

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