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With the search for two murderers who escaped from Clinton Correctional facility continuing for a second week, some New York state lawmakers are questioning some of the procedures and policies at the prison.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and many of his colleagues unveiled new legislation at the capitol in Albany Tuesday.  The “Prisoner Privileges Limitation Law” is crafted to help prevent incidents like what happened two weekends ago.

Capital District Assemblyman James Tedisco joined the families of long-missing people and other officials in Clifton Park Thursday morning to announce the second round of a program they hope will help solve cold cases.

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As of this week, the entire New York State Legislature has gone paperless. An amendment approved by voters last November has put tablets in the hands of state lawmakers.

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  Earth Day 2015 is also the first day that the New York State Assembly is transitioning to a paperless system. Assemblymembers have been given I Pads to read bills electronically, and supporters say it will save millions of dollars, and trees.

Majority Leader Joe Morelle announced the change on the Assembly floor.

“Today we begin officially with tablets,” Morelle said.

Getting rid of the piles of paper that clutter members’ desks each day required a constitutional amendment, which voters approved last fall.  

A Town Without ZIP Code

Feb 19, 2015
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For years, the residents of one southern Saratoga County town have found themselves been between a rock and a hard place — a place out-of-towners have had trouble finding.

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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.

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The New York State Legislature convened last week for its six-month session. Area lawmakers have varying hopes and expectations for 2015.

Another session is under way, but off to a slow start resulting from Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to move the State of the State address back two weeks following the death of his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo.

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New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, a Republican from the Capital Region who came to the Assembly the same year Mario Cuomo began as governor, told WAMC News Thursday night that he'll remember former Governor Mario Cuomo, who died Thursday at 82, warmly despite their different party affiliations.

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Four state lawmakers are proposing that all police cars in New York be retrofitted with bulletproof glass after two New York City officers were gunned down in their car Saturday.

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Tuesday's election was a turning point for Republicans. They took sole control of both the U.S. Senate and the New York state Senate, as GOP candidates picked up enough wins become majority forces.

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