Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has sent a letter to New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. saying the department should hold off on transferring sensitive student information to a new statewide database.
The letter, also signed by nearly 50 Assembly Democrats, says the lawmakers were swayed by testimony about potential flaws in the plan to share data with Atlanta-based InBloom.
Opponents say it's too risky to store student data in servers in the so-called cloud, accessed through the Internet.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state will provide nearly $4 million in grant funding to 29 police departments, district attorneys’ offices and other agencies to combat motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud in New York State. The Albany Police Department, Albany County and Westchester County district attorney's offices are getting just over $400,000 combined.
A new audit by the New York State Comptroller finds that out of a sample of state workers at state agencies and authorities, more than a fifth were double dipping, being paid for two jobs while doing only one.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he’ll need to see more details and end of the calendar year state revenue figures before deciding whether New York can afford $2 billion dollars in new tax cuts that Governor Andrew Cuomo is likely to propose.
As families all over New York State sit down to supper this holiday season, sweet and hard ciders will undoubtedly be on the menu at many gatherings. The industry has expanded in recent years, and in New York, recent legislation could take the hard cider industry to greater heights. Ray Biggs from the New York Reporting Project at Utica College has the story.
A top state official in New York recently witnessed political violence firsthand during a recent trip to Bangladesh. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli told WAMC’s Capitol Connection program this week that there was a fire bombing just outside of his hotel as he and religious and labor leaders were in the country to look at working conditions at garment factories after deadly fires and building failures.
The Attorneys General from 12 states and the District of Columbia have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency calling on the federal agency to cut climate change pollution from power plants.