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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for "not acting with New York City's interests at heart."

The second largest state employees union in New York will have a new president this summer. The rank-and-file membership of the Public Employees Federation recently elected Wayne Spence as the union president. Spence, a 24-year veteran parole officer with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, defeated the incumbent president Susan Kent by a very slim margin of 127 votes, out of more than 12,217 votes that were cast. Spence, who headed a slate of candidates under the coalition of union professionals or “coup” ticket, spoke with WAMC news about his priorities once he takes office August 3.

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A total of twelve  workers  at the Clinton Correctional facility – including  three executive and nine security staff employees - have been put on administrative leave. The suspensions include the prison's superintendent and his deputy in charge of security.

Capital District Against Fracking

Environmentalists are welcoming the official end to the years-long fracking debate in New York. 

Authorities say law enforcement officers have shot and killed a distraught man who pointed a shotgun at them during a standoff at an upstate New York home.

Albany Medical Center Director Dr. Dennis McKenna updated the status of captured fugitive David Sweat at midday Tuesday:

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The two men who escaped from the Clinton Correctional facility in Dannemora on June 6th  have been caught after a three-week manhunt. Richard Matt was shot dead Friday and David Sweat was shot and captured Sunday.  Now comes one of the lengthier challenges – the prosecution of the surviving fugitive.  The escape occurred in two counties and therefore any crimes Matt and Sweat committed while on the lam must be coordinated by two district attorneys.  That’s what WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley learned when she spoke with Clinton County D.A. Andrew Wylie Sunday after Sweat’s capture.

Residents within a 50-mile radius of the Clinton Correctional facility have spent much of the month of June on edge.  Murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt were the first to escape from the maximum security portion of the prison, and despite thousands of searchers, the pair evaded capture for days and then weeks. But their bout for freedom ended this weekend and residents of the area are looking forward to getting back to normal.

A wage board appointed by Governor Cuomo, speaking before a packed crowd of fast food workers, says it will authorize a “substantial” raise for fast food workers, but would not say when or even if the increase would be the $15 an hour that many groups are seeking.

A three-member board picked by Governor Cuomo to examine whether fast food workers need a raise say they are in agreement that the current wage of $8.75 an hour needs to be much higher.

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New York officials say $7.3 billion is going to 25 networks of health care providers statewide to help overhaul the delivery of care and cut unneeded hospital visits. Meanwhile, state health officials say average spending for the state's Medicaid patients has declined to $8,233 annually while enrollments rose by 500,000 to nearly one-third of the state's 19 million people.   

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