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8:41 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Rensselaer Casino Announced By Hard Rock International

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Area media are reporting that Hard Rock International unveiled plans on Thursday for a casino and hotel in the city of Rensselaer. The company known for its popular Hard Rock Café, has sited the $200 million project on 24 acres along the Hudson River at De Laet’s landing. If approved, the casino, hotel, and allotted space for parking would garner $5.7 million in revenue for the financially stressed city. Hard Rock chairman and CEO Jim Allen said specific details on the casino project would be revealed after the casino application in filed with the state on June 30th.

New York News
7:59 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Comcast-TWC Merger Update

Most Americans are opposed to the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, according to a new public opinion poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The odds of a merger happening may be tipping toward the cable companies. 

There are opinions, and then there is action – or lack of interest. The poll showed just 11 percent of the public supports the $45.2 billion merger, 56 percent oppose it, and 32 percent had no opinion. The Public Service Commission has been holding hearings on the merger in New York this week.

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New York News
6:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Montgomery County Officials Ask NYS Gaming Commission For Changes In Casino Licensing Requirements

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The letter sent Thursday and signed by Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort, Town of Florida Supervisor Eric Mead, and City of Amsterdam Mayor Anne Thane asks the New York State Gaming Commission to modify casino licensing requirements for Region 2.

The letter requests that the state defer $25 million of the $50 million license fee, balanced with an increased tax on gaming revenues, and that the Gaming Commission offer a 60 day extension on the casino RFA.

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New York News
5:37 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

New York To Allow Limited Medical Marijuana Under Agreement

Medical marijuana supporters in Albany.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature have agreed to a limited medical marijuana program for patients with cancer, AIDS, and childhood seizure disorders. It will not allow the drug to be smoked.

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New York News
5:28 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Adirondack Flames Will Play First Game Oct. 11

Adirondack Flames President Brian Petrovek
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The Adirondack Flames, Glens Falls’ new American Hockey League team, has provided more details on its inaugural season as it transitions to its new home.

Thursday in Glens Falls, Adirondack Flames President Brian Petrovek gave an update on how the Civic Center’s new team is settling in. He outlined that the team is assembling its full-time staff, the offices have been painted white and red to match the team’s colors, and that much of the work ahead will be to reach into the community and get fans ready for first game of the season this fall.

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New York News
3:28 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Tentative Deal On Common Core Test Moratorium For Teachers

NYSUT president Karen Magee says her members are OK with the Common Core moratorium.

A tentative agreement has been reached by New York Governor Cuomo and the legislature to put off the effects of the controversial Common Core tests on teachers for another two years.

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New York News
1:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Farmers Fight EPA Over Proposed Water Rule

A federally proposed water rule has New York farmers and others around the nation up in arms. They see it as an attempt to regulate virtually all water, and warn if implemented, the measure will raise the phrase "red tape" to a whole new level.

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New York News
5:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

NY Lawmakers Pass Bill To Outlaw Tattoos On Pets

State lawmakers in New York have voted to make it illegal to tattoo or pierce dogs and cats. 

The bill came following reports of the sale of so-called "gothic kittens" that had piercings on their necks and back, and of a Brooklyn tattoo artist who tattooed his dog.

The bill passed the state Assembly earlier this month and was endorsed by the Senate on Wednesday. Both votes were unanimous. The proposal now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to sign it into law.

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New York News
2:11 am
Thu June 19, 2014

NY Senate Votes To Expand Sex Harassment Law

The New York Senate has passed legislation to broaden sexual harassment laws — but it may languish because of an abortion-related legislative standoff.

The bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday would expand sexual harassment laws to cover small businesses, which are now exempt.

Assembly leaders have included the measure in a broad, 10-point "women's equality bill" that also contains an abortion provision matching state law with the federal Roe v. Wade decision.

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New York News
2:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Boy Injured In Bounce House Accident Released From Hospital

The second of two young New York boys injured when an inflatable play house became airborne has been released from a hospital.

Police in South Glens Falls tell The Post-Star newspaper the 6-year-old was released earlier this month and is back home. The boy is continuing treatment for two broken arms and other injuries.

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