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Uber says more than 43,000 New Yorkers opened its app in upstate New York on Thanksgiving eve — but couldn't order a car because of a state law prohibiting the ride-hailing service from operating outside of New York City. 

A new research report by the New York State School Boards Association says community schools can help students overcome the adverse effects of poverty and other obstacles to academic success.

Influential experimental composer and multi-instrumentalist Pauline Oliveros has died. A founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center, she taught music at several institutions and served as Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

Rescue crews continue the search for a Vermont hunter who hasn't been seen since he left his hunting camp last weekend in northeastern New York.

Authorities say a fatal shooting at an Albany bar popular with the LGBT community wasn't bias-related.

Thanks to last weekend's snowfall, three upstate NY ski centers are opening Friday.

 

A former top adviser for Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and seven other people have been indicted in their federal corruption case.

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An upstate New York man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for possessing a single bullet.  

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Indictments are due by Wednesday in an economic development corruption scandal involving New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide and other former associates. The governor has been active in recent days on other matters,  including taking steps to counteract a rise in hate crimes after the election of Donald Trump as president.

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New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says officials will be keeping an eye on tax collections during this holiday season after a slight dip in receipts. 

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With about 60,000 passengers expected, Albany International Airport is preparing for its busiest Thanksgiving travel period since 2007. The Albany County Airport Authority is advising travelers arrive at least 90 minutes before their scheduled departures, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces steps to combat post -election increased incidents of discrimination in New York at a speech at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City Sunday.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday took a number of steps that he says are in reaction to the divisiveness in the nation, that has intensified since the Presidential election.

Cuomo, without mentioning President elect Donald Trump by name, said the “ugly discourse” has made him “soul sick” for America. And he says there have been several instances in New York, including swastikas painted on a subway train and in a Buffalo suburb, along with a KKK flier placed on cars on Long Island.

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Police around New York state say they'll be ramping up patrols this Thanksgiving to look for drunken or distracted drivers and underage drinkers.

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Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced actions intended to protect civil rights and combat hate crimes in New York.

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New York's top transportation official will travel to Washington next month to discuss an ongoing dispute with federal officials over the state's highway welcome centers and roadside "I Love NY" signs.

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Uber operates in 47 states and New York City, but does not carry passengers upstate — and it would like to.

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Will there be a special session of the New York State Legislature this December? Governor Andrew Cuomo is offering lawmakers incentive to come back to meet- a possible pay raise, in exchange for ethics reforms.

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New York’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, stood with civil rights advocates Thursday, denouncing a rash of alleged hate crimes and bias-related incidents that have occurred since the election of Donald Trump.

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New York utility regulators have approved the sale of an upstate nuclear power plant, part of the state's strategy of investing in nuclear energy while weaning itself off of fossil fuels.

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As demonstrations by those on the left continue across the country in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, marches are scheduled in the Capital Region.

Dredging of the Hudson River
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One year ago, General Electric wrapped up its dredging of a 40-mile stretch of the Hudson River from Fort Edward to Troy.

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The $330 million Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor has been reshaping Schenectady’s waterfront. Beside a completed Courtyard Marriott Hotel, an in-progress office complex, and a parking deck, the casino itself was recently adorned with new signage.

Uber & Taxis fight
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says upstate residents who want to see Uber in cities like Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and Rochester should call their state lawmakers. 

 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is creating a new position to review state contracts following charges of bid-rigging in state economic development programs.

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The City of Saratoga Springs has updated its controversial “sit/lie” law that prevents individuals from obstructing a public sidewalk. 

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Supporters of the long-awaited preservation of a community farm in Saratoga Springs cheered Tuesday night after the city approved a conservation easement to protect the Pitney Farm for years to come.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo marked the opening of a “pop-up” distribution center in the Hudson Valley today, after GAP’s roughly 1 million square-foot facility in Fishkill was destroyed in an August fire.

A call to raise the salary of New York state lawmakers has been rejected. Lawmakers now make $79,500 for what is technically a part-time job. A state commission with the power to grant a raise balked at the idea today. Commissioner Fran Reiter refused to vote for a 2.15 percent annualized raise over the past 17 years.

UPDATE: A call to raise the salary of New York state lawmakers has been rejected.

New York state lawmakers could learn soon whether they'll be getting their first pay raise in nearly two decades. 

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The battle is heating up over a statewide electric rate increase to subsidize upstate nuclear power plants that pits Governor Andrew Cuomo against a coalition of "good-government groups."

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