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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.

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.

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