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New York News
12:20 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

New Executive Director For Unshackle Upstate

The business and taxpayer group Unshackle Upstate has a new executive director. Greg Biryla served as the group's director of development before being appointed by the executive board to the top position. Unshackle Upstate supports hydrofracking, and Biryla says there may be a slim chance someday that the recent decision by the Cuomo administration to ban the gas drilling procedure could be reversed.

North Country News
10:40 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

With No Snow, Governor Can't Promote Snowmobiling

Governor Andrew Cuomo at the Adirondack Winter Challenge, Lake Placid, March 2014
Credit NY Governor's Office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is canceling his trip to a popular snowmobiling destination because of the lack of snow.

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New York News
6:14 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Cuomo Flips On Casino Involvement

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to reopen the bidding for casino licenses in upstate New York to allow for a Las Vegas-style gaming hall in the state’s “economically ailing” Southern Tier.  The governor sent a letter late last week to the gaming commission.

"I'll tell ya the truth... we have the siting board totally separate from the executive, from the legislative, and that's how I wanted it. These were very, there's a lot of money involved in these applications. And I wanted to keep it as far away from politics as possible." ~ Andrew Cuomo

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New York News
1:51 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Woman Dies At Hunter Mountain

State police say a New York City woman has died after falling from a chair lift at a ski area in the Catskills.

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New York News
1:50 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

New York City Mayor De Blasio Heckled At Police Graduation Ceremony

Cadets stand during the New York Police Department graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
Kevin Mazur Getty Images

Adding to an already tense situation, police cadets heckled New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at a graduation ceremony on Monday.

CBS News describes the scene at Madison Square Garden:

" 'Let's be honest about the realities of our society,' de Blasio told the graduating class of more than 800 new officers. 'You'll confront all the problems that plague our society, problems that you didn't create.'

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New York News
1:47 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

DiNapoli: Port Authority Veto 'A Missed Opportunity'

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli addressed the veto of a Port Authority reform bill by Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York on this week's Capitol Connection.

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New York News
12:28 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina has the midday weather summary December 29, 2014.

New York News
10:13 am
Sun December 28, 2014

NYRA Announces "Supercharged" Travers Day

The New York Racing Association has announced that its most popular race day at Saratoga Race Course has been “supercharged”.

In a press release NYRA said the 146th running of the $1.25 million Travers Stakes on August 29th will be anchored with five other Grade 1 stakes.

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New York News
9:16 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Cuomo Pushes For Southern Tier Casino

Credit Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to the state Gaming Commission asking to reopen bidding for a casino in the Southern Tier.

The region was not granted a casino license in the first round of awards announced earlier this month.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the governor says the area could benefit from economic development.

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New York News
8:19 am
Sun December 28, 2014

$5B Windfall Part Of NY Lawmakers' Agenda

Credit Tax Credits/flickr

  Lawmakers returning to Albany in January are expected to focus on financial matters such as how to spend New York's $5 billion bank settlements windfall.  

The Assembly is controlled by downstate Democrats, while upstate and Long Island Republicans dominate the Senate.

Ongoing stalemates are likely to continue on social issues such as abortion rights, campaign finance reform and raising the minimum wage.

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