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A Vermont man who used to house-sit for character actor Luis Guzman has agreed to stay at least 300 feet away from him.

(Airs 5/22/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: a near record number of school budgets pass, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with state GOP chairman Ed Cox, and scientists, environmental advocates and residents affected by Hurricane Sandy flooding discuss climate change with a senate panel.


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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal has delivered an early endorsement as the municipal campaign season is getting underway.    The veteran Congressman is supporting Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s reelection bid. 

Neal stood beside Sarno in front of Springfield City Hall Friday and praised the mayor’s record on economic development, managing the city’s finances, and for devoting considerable time to the efforts to improve the public schools. 

" I think Domenic Sarno has done a terrific job as mayor and I intend to support him," declared Neal.

Supporters Of Tax Cap Push To Make It Permanent

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There’s a push by business groups and Republicans in the State Senate, as well as Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to make the state’s 2 percent per year property tax cap permanent. Backers have issued a report to bolster their views, and say public opinion is on their side.    

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Communities across the region pause this weekend to honor military veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.

  Veterans and elected officials placed wreaths Friday at the five veterans’ monuments located in Springfield’s Court Square.  

  Congressman Richard Neal referred to the site as “hallowed ground.”   He noted the names of several of his high school classmates are on the Vietnam War Memorial.

   " Vietnam was a searing experience for the American people, but the ( veteran's) contribution should  never be slighted," he said.

This week, Saratoga Performing Arts Center unveiled details of another summer of events. With two new elected board members and a 50th anniversary on the horizon, SPAC’s season features returning favorites and brand new performances. SPAC Executive Director Marcia White caught up with Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard at the venue.

New Yorkers gave overwhelming approval to their local school budgets this week with only a handful rejected. Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, has been watching education issues closely as another legislative session winds down in Albany. He says the school budget approval rate came as no surprise.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 22, 2015.

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Chefs Mark Graham and Mike Niccoli are here, along with baker Linda Kindlon of Bake for You in Albany. They’re the masterminds behind many of the pop-up dinners that are "popping up" around the region.

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