A group of New York state senators is pushing for a big investment in after-school programs and all-day kindergarten to create what they're calling a "50-hour learning week" for students.

Northern New England is braced for bitter cold but not looking at setting any records, according to the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.


Massachusetts has begun installing the all-electronic tolling system that is to replace toll booths on the MassPike. 

 Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the switch to so-called “open road tolling” is on schedule to happen this October. 

Because the tolls will now be calculated by the distance traveled people may pay a little more or a little less, depending on their commute. 

" We know we need to go through a public process with folks to put out a draft version of what we think those charges would look like," Pollack said.

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Participants in a Black Lives Matter event Friday at the Vermont Statehouse appeared to support the presidential candidacy of home-state Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Connecticut officials have prepared a plan to respond to the Zika virus that includes in-state testing, monitoring mosquitoes and public education on how to avoid infection.

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New York State has begun planning for a possible alternate water supply for the Village of Hoosick Falls where residents have been instructed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to not drink or cook with contaminated drinking water.

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High schoolers in Hoosick Falls say they are tired of the slow response by the adults in the community, and government, to the toxic substance PFOA which has infiltrated the village water system and made it unsafe to drink. They took matters into their own hands, holding a press conference and  calling on Governor Cuomo personally to act.

The New York state education commissioner visited the troubled East Ramapo School District in Rockland County earlier this week. Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says she spent Wednesday alongside the interim superintendent and school board chair.

“And I went into multiple classrooms, talks to a number of teachers,” says Elia. “And we still have issues in East Ramapo and the state Ed Department is committed to addressing those issues. And I think we need to work out how we can do that and support the students of that area.”

(Airs 2/12/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: The US Attorney who convicted both of the leaders of the legislature comes to Albany to speak to a conference of the state’s mayors, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with Preet Bharrara, and a Hudson Valley congressman calls on Amazon to ban the sale of gun-shaped phone cases.

The town of Waterbury, Vermont is celebrating another milestone in its years-long recovery from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.