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4:49 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Advocates Call On Cuomo To Push Minimum Wage Hike

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Supporters of a higher minimum wage want New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to push the issue in a lame-duck legislative session before Republicans take control of the state Senate next year.

Proposals to boost the wage to $10.10 an hour and allow New York City to raise it even higher will face significant opposition next year following big GOP victories in last week's elections.

Cuomo has vowed to support a wage increase and liberal activists say a special session this fall may be his best opportunity to make good on the promise.

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New York News
4:32 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Hall Of Fame Digitizes Film Of 1934 Japan Tour

Baseball cap worn during the 1934 tour of Japan by the American club's back-up catcher, Moe Berg.
Credit Milo Stewart, Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

Home movie footage shot during a tour of Japan by American baseball stars 80 years ago has been digitized by the Hall of Fame.

Officials at the baseball shrine in Cooperstown say future Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx and his wife, Helen, shot the film during a 12-city, 22-game tour in November and December 1934. Among the other future Hall of Famers on the tour were Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Connie Mack, and Moe Berg, a big-league catcher who served as an American spy during World War II.

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New York News
6:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

New Flood Gauges For New York Rivers

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Areas along the Hudson, Mohawk and Oswego rivers will soon have new tools to warn of possible floods.  U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set aside nearly $1.5 million for the installation of stream gauges in 23 counties.

A trio of storms named Irene, Lee and Sandy, changed the way New York feels about climate change.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Thanks To Project Healing Waters, Vets Find Solace In Fly Fishing

Some veterans are coming together over fly fishing.
Credit David Chanatry

For many people, Veterans’ Day serves as a reminder that recovery from war is often a long and difficult process. Some veterans have found help in the simple acts of tying a fly and dropping a hook.

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Sports
5:50 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Giants Memorabilia Suit To Be Heard In State Court

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A sports memorabilia dealer who sued the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning for allegedly doctoring equipment to make it appear game-worn has scored a legal victory. A federal judge in Newark ruled Tuesday that Eric Inselberg can proceed with his lawsuit in state court.

The Giants had sought to have the case moved to federal court, claiming part of Inselberg's lawsuit involves federal patent issues.

Inselberg filed the lawsuit in January. He was among a group of memorabilia dealers accused of selling counterfeit jerseys following an FBI sting.

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New York News
12:19 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Gillibrand Warns Of Cybersecurity Threats In Utica

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Before returning  to Washington for the next session of Congress, New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made a stop yesterday in Utica to talk cybersecurity.

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New York News
6:42 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Schumer: We Must Protect Service Members & Families From The Pain of Suicide

Schumer: We Must Protect Service Members & Families From The Pain of Suicide. Looking on: Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Congressman Paul Tonko, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer joined with local veterans and servicemembers today to push a bill that would help stem the growing military suicide rate by expanding mental health screening.

Speaking the day before Veterans’ Day at the Sheehy Palmer VFW Post in Albany, Schumer said that, traditionally, the military has provided the most effective mental health screening only for those who are preparing for or returning from deployment, despite research that shows suicides occur just as often among service members who have never deployed.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Cuomo Vetoes Bill For Veterans' Pension Credits

  Heading into Veterans Day, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have authorized state pension credits for peacetime military service. The legislation authored by Hudson Valley Republican and World War II comabt vet Sen. William Larkin, would amend current law that provides up to three years credit toward state pensions for military service during hostilities. They would have to pay 3 percent of their compensation during those military years to the retirement system. Assembly sponsors say the U.S.

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New York News
5:46 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Report Lists 'Double Dippers' With NY Pensions

  The Empire Center reports 665 retired public workers in New York this year had authorization to "double dip" and keep collecting pensions while getting paid again by returning to work in the public sector.

The fiscally conservative organization's report Monday lists retirees under age 65 collecting full public pension benefits who have waivers from the normal restriction against earnings from a state or local agency of $30,000 or more.

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New York News
12:36 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Saratoga County Sheriff's Sgt. Resigns, Charged With Misconduct After Video Goes Viral

Sergeant Sean Glans was admittedly caught on camera when a man refused to allow the deputy to search his car.
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An upstate New York sheriff's sergeant is suspended after he was caught on video allegedly slapping a young man who did not want his car searched. The video has gone viral nationwide.

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