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New York News
8:16 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Energy Master Plan Under Way In Upstate NY

The New York Power Authority says work is underway on an Energy Master Plan for five upstate cities.

The power authority is working with local utilities, civic and government entities, and environmental groups in an effort aimed at reducing energy consumption and operating and maintenance costs.

An NYPA website also has been created to solicit ideas from the public and present details on the master-plan process.

The cities involved are Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers. Individual plans for all five cities are expected to be completed by fall.

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New York News
6:15 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Poll: New Yorkers Confused About Common Core

A new poll finds New Yorkers remain confused about the worth of the new Common Core learning standards, which schools in the state are in the process of adopting.

The Siena College poll finds voters are divided over the worth of the Common Core program. Around the same amount said they are not confident that Common Core will result in better preparing students to be college or career ready as those who say that the new learning standards are on the right track.

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New York News
8:39 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Comptroller Says NY In Stronger Fiscal Shape

New York's comptroller says state government is in better fiscal shape than it has been for years but could face future budget gaps, depending on unspecified savings and projected tax collection increases.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reviewed the Cuomo administration's proposed $137.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting April 1. He says Monday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature deserve credit for closing structural budget gaps that plagued the state for years.

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New York News
8:21 am
Mon February 24, 2014

NY Groups Eye Lawsuit Over School Funding

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Two education advocacy groups say they're gathering evidence from school districts across New York with an eye toward suing the state over school funding.

The Alliance for Quality Education and Campaign for Fiscal Equity say they'll spend all next week visiting schools. They begin Monday with stops at the Cohoes and Hoosick Falls districts near Albany.

Organizers say the state is falling short of its obligation to provide students with a sound basic education and has broken a funding promise that came out of a 2006 court ruling.

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New York News
8:01 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Landowners' Group Contests NY Drilling Delay

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A landowners' group is challenging the state's delay in finishing its environmental analysis on the potential impact of drilling for natural gas through hydraulic fracturing in New York.

The suit was filed on behalf of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York claiming 70,000 members and owners of two Broome County properties. One had and one was seeking a drilling permit, both blocked from proceeding.

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New York News
7:08 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Cuomo Announces Degree Programs For NY Prisoners

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to fund college classes in New York prisons, saying a college degree will reduce the likelihood an inmate will return to crime when released.

The program will offer associate and bachelor degree education at 10 prisons, one in each region of the state.

According to Cuomo's office, New York currently spends $60,000 per year on each prisoner, and it will cost approximately $5,000 per year to educate an inmate. Cuomo didn't specify the cost of the overall program.

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New York News
8:30 am
Mon February 10, 2014

NY Insurer To Give Customers 3 Weeks Free Coverage

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Thousands of New York consumers who faced enrollment problems will get three weeks of free coverage from Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the agreement follows a Department of Financial Services probe into complaints about Empire sending out member ID cards late, failing to send bills on time and other issues.

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New York News
4:57 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Tax Hearing Set For Monday

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New York Governor Cuomo’s tax commissioner is set to testify before a legislative budget hearing Monday morning, and he’s expected to get plenty of questions about a plan to freeze property taxes and cut some income taxes. Critics, who are also scheduled to speak, say the governor should focus more on the lower income New Yorkers, as well.

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New York News
7:32 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Cuomo Outlines NY Lakeside Revitalization Project

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will invest $30 million dollars in a $100.3 million economic development and revitalization project along Onondaga Lake.

Cuomo says Wednesday that the project includes $50 million for a performing arts center, $20 million for infrastructure improvements including wastewater treatment upgrades, and nearly $19 million for housing, roads, and businesses.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New York Mayors Testify In Albany

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan testifies in Albany.
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Mayors from around New York testified before the state legislative fiscal committees on Monday. In what’s traditionally known as Tin Cup day, many asked for more money, while others asked for authorization to collect more money from their citizens.

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