It was the charter schools’ turn to rally at the State Capitol Wednesday in support of Governor Cuomo’s proposal to allow 100 more charter schools in New York.
Thousands of charter school students on 450 buses, along with their parents and teachers, came to the Capitol for a rally that was billed by organizers as a school field trip. They heard nearly two hours of speeches, watched dance performances, and saw celebrities like Grammy winning singer Ashanti.
Among the speakers, Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno presents the Key to The City to Filomena Bruschi, her husband John, and Theresa D'Angelantonio. The sisters are closing the family-run Albano's Market after 73 years in Springfield's South End neighborhood. A developer has bought the store. The MGM casino is being built nearby.
A neighborhood market that would be in the shadow of the MGM Springfield casino is closing after 73 years.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno who has been coming to Albano’s Market since he was a boy brought the Key to The City and a proclamation Wednesday to honor its owners as pillars of the South End Italian-American community. Filomena Bruschi and her sister Theresa D’Angelantonio took over the small business from their parents in 1942 and are now retiring after accepting an offer to sell to a developer.
New York's attorney general reports that for-profit telemarketers operating in the state have been keeping more than half of the funds they raised on behalf of charities, although the percentage has declined overall.
The report released Wednesday shows that telemarketers in 2013 raised more than $302 million, up 20 percent from a year earlier, and kept about $156 million.
About 48 percent, or $146.5 million, has gone to the charities' missions.
That share is up from 2012 when only 37 percent of the money went to the charities.
The U.S. senators from New York are urging Canada to raise a threshold for duty-free purchases by its citizens to boost shopping excursions to places like Buffalo, Watertown, Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh.
In a letter to the Canadian ambassador, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say raising Canada's threshold from $20 per shipment up to the U.S. level of $200 for imported goods shipped home would have "a significant and positive impact" on U.S.- Canada trade.