The 168th edition of the New York State Fair begins in 28 days. The annual tradition in Syracuse attracts nearly a million visitors from all over the state and the region. This year the state fair will run for 12 days, from August 21-September 1. For an update on the event we spoke today with the acting Director of the New York State Fair, Troy Waffner, who says the fair maintains its agricultural foundation but has evolved over the years as well.
The national media spend a lot of time at the White House and Capitol Hill, while local reporters keep track of the events at the city halls and town and village government buildings. But what about the 50 state capitals?
The mills and factories of Upstate New York were often the first step toward a new life for immigrants to America many years ago. Companies such as General Electric in Schenectady and the rug-makers of Amsterdam provided the work for the Irish, Germans, Italians and others who came to stake their claims in America. Many of those factories and mills are gone, but there's new high-tech manufacturing under way in upstate highlighted again by Tuesday's announcement of a $500 million consortium involving the state and General Electric.
The White House announced today that President Obama will seek congressional approval for more than $3 billion to deal with the growing number of children, who are alone and crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States. The federal government is also seeking applications from not-for-profit and other groups to set up centers to house the children. One of those possible centers is the former Kenwood Academy Convent in Albany. Eric Copland is an immigration attorney with Copland and Brenner, a law firm in Latham. He says this type of situation has taken place before...
The co-founder and President of an organization dedicated to repealing the U.S. Supreme Court "Citizens United" ruling granting corporations the same rights as citizens in campaign finance matter, says the recent ruling on The Hobby Lobby case could give new energy to the effort. In "Burwell v. Hobby Lobby", the court ruled five to four that an employer may opt out of providing contraceptive coverage under The Affordable Care Act, based on religious objections.
Residents of Albany are being urged to get in shape this summer and win prizes at the same time. The 1609 Fitness Challenge is under way, and will continue into August, according to Jonathan Jones, Albany's Commissioner of Recreation, Youth and Workforce Services.
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger has been providing free legal advice to those working to repeal the state's casino law. The State Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that a ballot question to repeal the law can be placed on the statewide ballot on election day in November. Harshbarger says he was excited and satisfied by the courts decision to allow the vote.
In the final days of the New York legislative session, which ended last week in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders reached an agreement on a two-year delay in the teacher assessments to be based on the Common Core testing. It was just one of the education issues state leaders dealt with this year, or left on their table for another day. For a look back at how education fared in Albany this year, we spoke with Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, who commented on the teacher evaluation delay.