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5:40 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

NYS Education Commissioner Discusses Common Core In Troy

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NYS Commissioner of Education Dr. John King delivered his state of education address Thursday night in Troy, answering some questions about the controversial implementation of the Common Core. 

As part of the 4th Annual Esteves School Education Speaker Series at the Sage College, New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. John King spoke before a crowd of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

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12:25 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Dispute Ends Budget Meeting

  Tensions ran high at a closed door leaders meeting with Governor Cuomo.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio at the expense of the rest of the state.

“We have a problem right now,” Skelos said. “Hopefully we can work it out. But we’ll see.”

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who emerged around half an hour later from the Governor’s office, says the Senator was “rather agitated”, but claimed not to know why.

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7:26 am
Fri March 21, 2014

New Proposed Upstate Casino Site: Albany

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  Capital District OTB has partnered with a Rochester developer - they've come up with a 300 Million dollar plan to build a casino at Thruway Exit 23.

  

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6:10 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Two Dozen Arrested At Capitol As Budget Talks Continue

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  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders continue to meet behind closed doors to hash out a budget deal, while outside the governor’s offices around 25 angry protesters were arrested.

Governor Cuomo is calling legislative leaders into his office for twice a day private meetings to hash out details of the $145 billion dollar state budget.

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4:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Winter's Toll On Municipalities

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Though today is the first official day of spring, some municipalities are looking at dwindling snow-removal budgets.  Drive anywhere across the Capital Region, down through the Hudson Valley into Westchester and New York City, and you'll find an abundance of potholes thanks to a polar vortex-driven winter that  goes down in the books as one of the snowiest since recordkeeping began, one that strained municipal budgets already pared and stretched by changing economic times.

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4:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Education Issues Prominent In NY Budget Talks

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The budget being negotiated in Albany will establish not only how much state aid school districts will receive, but it also could affect the age many kids start going to school, when they begin standardized tests and even influence whether they go to public or private school.

Education issues are prominent this budget season in Albany. This includes the pre-kindergarten debate prompted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and a tax credit advocated this week by Cardinal Timothy Dolan that could boost Catholic school attendance.

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12:30 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Howe Caverns Will Pitch Casino Plan To Schoharie County

Representatives of an historic tourist destination will make a presentation before the Schoharie County, New York, board of supervisors tomorrow, in hopes of receiving its blessing to host a resort-style casino.

The operators of Howe Caverns in Schoharie County are hoping to woo developers to consider the longtime tourist destination as a prime location for the Capital Region casino allotted under New York’s casino gambling law.

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12:07 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Activists Take To Their Smart Phones To Web Cast Assembly Meetings

Government reform activists took their smart phones into New York Assembly Committee meetings to live stream meetings that so far have not been available on line to the public.

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5:19 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Reps. Tonko And Owens Talk Agriculture At USDA Roundtable

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted a NY Rural Roundtable Summit at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The first of three to be held in Eastern New York, the summit brought together small business owners, farmers, and other community advocates to give participants a chance to learn about government programs and grants, and other opportunities available to help strengthen rural communities.

Lee Telega, NY State Director for USDA, Rural Development, said the roundtables aim to spread information on a variety of programs to those in less accessible areas.

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4:58 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

NY Senate Reveals Proposals For Seniors In Budget

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The Independent Democratic Conference, which controls the New York Senate with the Republicans, has released a list of proposals they say would lower the cost of living for seniors.

The conference on Wednesday proposed lowering the cost of prescription drugs, establishing an independent consumer advocate to help protect seniors from rising energy costs, enacting a Paid Family Leave plan for families to take care of their relatives, and freezing rent payments for middle-income seniors across the state, among other proposals.

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