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The annual state report on lobbying is out, and it finds that $226 million was spent on influencing government leaders, with the largest amount from education groups.

It’s not a surprise that education entities spent the most money on lobbying than any other group in 2014, just as controversy over the new Common core standards and the related standardized tests reached a peak.

If we say “Abbey Road,” “Pet Sounds” or “Tommy,” an iconic image comes to mind: that of an album cover. But in today’s age of streaming music and iPods, cover art associated with music is not as indelible.

Karen DeWitt

The state legislature’s Black, Hispanic and Asian Caucus is reacting to events in Baltimore and is calling for swift action on a package of criminal justice reforms that have been stalled in the State Senate.

The caucus members say they’ve grown weary of incidents where African Americans die after encounters with police. Assemblyman Michaela Blake represents portions of the Bronx.

“Baltimore is happening in the Bronx, “ Blake said. “It can happen anywhere.”

Blake says the young people involved in the riots are not thugs or criminals.

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The donation of a former amusement park in the tiny Southern Adirondack community of Caroga is continuing to generate controversy as residents have filed a lawsuit against town leaders.

At the urging of members of New York’s congressional delegation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to expedite a Schoharie County project.

Cuomo Releases Blueprint to End AIDS By 2020

Apr 29, 2015

Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a blueprint for ending the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020 Wednesday.

Lucas Willard

An agreement between local governments surrounding Lake George aims to help municipalities and environmental advocates take steps to reduce the amount of road salt entering the waterway.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

There’s growing support in the state legislature to address controversial aspects of New York State’s Common Core learning standards and related testing.

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A November trial date has been set for a jury to hear the corruption case brought against former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Federal Judge Valerie Caproni set the Nov. 2 trial date on Tuesday after Silver pleaded not guilty to the latest indictment.

Outside court, Silver said he was glad a trial date was set because he's looking forward to being vindicated by a jury.

He said he feels no different about the indictment after prosecutors added a new claim against him last week.

 

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Assemblyman William Scarborough’s expected decision to plead guilty to illegally claiming over $40,000 in travel expenses is “the right thing to do.”

Schneiderman’s office, along with the State Comptroller, originally launched the investigation that led to the charges by the U.S. Attorney for New York’s Northern district.

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