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  Governor Andrew Cuomo is promising police and firefighters in New York City a better deal on their disability benefits, as a budget watch dog group warns against the proliferation of end of session bills that give union workers more benefits.

Cuomo made a rare appearance at a rally held by firefighters and police union members from New York City to support their push for better disability benefits.

Supporters of legislation to restrict the use of potentially toxic chemicals in toys have enlisted the help of a giant inflatable duck. 

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Senator Chuck Schumer is promoting legislation to provide federal money to trauma centers, which treat patients severely injured in car crashes, fires, natural disasters and other catastrophic events.

Cuomo Admits Corruption Cloud Hampering Deals

Jun 10, 2015
Matt Ryan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledges that the cloud of corruption over the capitol is making it harder to achieve end of session deals. Cuomo says currently, there are no deals on any end of session issues, including renewal of New York City rent laws and a related property tax cap, or an education tax credit the governor is pushing.

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Walmart will present its plans for a proposed store that has been at the center of debate for a decade in Saratoga County. The meeting will be closely watched.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers today are continuing the search for two convicted murderers who escaped from a prison in northern New York over the weekend.

  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is vowing to "take all appropriate action" to compel a former state lawmaker to pay a large penalty for allegedly groping and intimidating female staff members. 

The promise from a Schneiderman spokesman came after a state Supreme Court justice on Monday ruled in favor Schneiderman and dismissed former Assemblyman Vito Lopez's claims that he was denied due process.

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  New York's Health Department has posted a list of 43 applicants seeking one of five possible state licenses to grow, process and distribute medical marijuana. The list includes several bidders who announced proposals and some now running similar programs in other states.

One of the ethics reforms agreed to in the state budget has still not been passed by State Assembly Democrats, and minority party Republicans say they are worried that the bill will be delayed, or watered down.

With rumors swirling and area residents desperate for a resolution, law enforcement officers spent the day investigating leads in the Willsboro area— their third day searching for two murderers who escaped from the Clinton Correctional facility over the weekend.