New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his joint State of the State and budget message, proposing a $141.6 billion spending plan that in part sets up a show down with teachers and education advocates.
The governor wants 100 more charter schools and an overhaul of teacher evaluations, which he says are “baloney,” because virtually all teachers are rated as adequate.
“98 percent of the teachers rated effective,” Cuomo said. “Who are we kidding, my friends?”
A state assemblyman says he's concerned that a planned casino in Schenectady could place financial burdens on a neighboring town.
Assemblyman James Tedisco says the town of Glenville will be across the Mohawk River from the Rivers Casino and will have to deal with more traffic congestion. Tedisco has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to consider more highway funding for Glenville to compensate local taxpayers.
Glenville is in Schenectady County, which will get a share of tax revenue from the casino.
Police in are using noisemakers and Canada geese decoys to scare away vultures lurking in a Capital Region neighborhood.
Neighbors have been complaining for years about the carrion-eating birds skulking on branches and rooftops. The Albany Times-Union reports that more than 30 black vultures have been observed hanging around the Guilderland neighborhood. Neighbors say the birds' smelly droppings are all over their yards and vehicles.
A federal judge has ruled that a former western Massachusetts police chief charged with stealing more than $100,000 from a holiday toy fund and cheating the town into paying for his family's cellphone service will face two separate trials.
Administrators and staff at a leading Boston hospital are mourning the death of a cardiac surgeon who was fatally shot at the hospital by a man who then killed himself. Officials at Brigham and Women's Hospital say Dr. Michael J. Davidson, director of endovascular cardiac surgery, died late Tuesday.
One the most powerful words in sports, in life really, is regret. The sporting past is a road map of wins and, more importantly, the ones you should have won. Just ask a fisherman. It’s always the one that got away. For the Green Bay Packers, one got away on Sunday. With less than four minutes in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s NFC Championship Game and holding a commanding 19-7 lead that felt much greater, and with the ball, it seemed the only thing that could keep the Packers from a trip to the Super Bowl was divine intervention or willful intent. In fact, in that very penultimate moment, the Packers had a 97% chance of winning, according to the wonky sports statisticians that calculate this stuff.
Westchester County is being reimbursed for some of the cost of removing debris from Hurricane Sandy.
Westchester County will receive a more than $1.1 million Federal Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement Westchester County taxpayers for the removal of debris caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, says the reimbursement is for removing downed trees, uprooted tree stumps, and other debris from public property in and along roads, parks, and rights-of-way throughout the county.