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Environmentalists are out with a new report critical of New York State's Brownfields Cleanup Program.

Brownfields are thousands of sites statewide - they exist in virtually every community - that range from the local dry cleaner that closed up shop years ago to shuttered gas stations to bigger, more polluted contaminated sites that contain dangerous toxins.

Many times these dangerous parcels are off the tax rolls, classified as "abandoned properties."

A veteran New York television reporter has died after suffering a brain hemorrhage after covering a story.

 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to pit seven upstate regions against each other in a competition for $1.5 billion in economic development funds has prompted some lawmakers and mayors to say the state shouldn't pick winners and losers.

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Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate the safety of Chinese-imported wood laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators and initiate recalls if needed.

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The University at Albany men’s and women’s basketball teams are returning home from the NCAA Tournament.

Capital Region officials are pushing for a video lottery gaming facility at the Rensselaer site that was pitched last year as a potential location for a Hard Rock casino.

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There’s still no final three way deal on an ethics reform proposal at the State Capitol.  And reform groups say a proposal offered by Governor Cuomo and the state Assembly does not go far enough.

The plan by Cuomo and Assembly Democrats requires that lawmakers disclose the source of all outside income they receive above $1000. Lawyers must reveal the names of their clients if they earn more than $5000. They would also have to prove they are actually in Albany, through an electronic monitoring system, before receiving their expense payments.

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Washington County has given its approval to a proposed medical marijuana growing facility intending to set up shop there. 

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Story updated 3/21/15

Teachers from the Finger Lakes traveled to Albany Friday to deliver one thousand local apples to Governor Cuomo.

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There’s just about a week and a half left before the budget deadline, and Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers remain at odds over a number of issues, including whether ethics disclosure rules should apply to Governor Cuomo as well as the legislature.

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