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New Yorkers who were molested as children have joined lawmakers at an Albany rally to push for lifting the state's statute of limitations on suing abusers, saying the law closing the window at age 23 guarantees repeated victims.

Sen. Hugh Farley
Sen. Hugh Farley

Longtime New York State Senator Hugh Farley, a Republican from the 49th district, announced this week he will retire to spend more time with his family after 20 terms.

Skidmore Students Rally For Mental Health

May 4, 2016

Skidmore College students are demanding more resources for mental health on the Saratoga Springs campus.

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In the last few weeks, the issues of vagrancy and aggressive panhandling have been on the lips of many in the Spa City. After a now infamous picture of a man appearing to defecate in front a local building circulated online, a petition was started urging city leaders to act.

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Uber and its opponents in the cab industry are ratcheting up their fight over Uber's proposed expansion in New York state.

Silver Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

May 3, 2016

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was  sentenced to 12 years in prison and told by a federal judge that he must give back $5 million that he stole from the public, as well as pay another $1.75 million in fines.

A new Siena College poll released this morning — the same day of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's sentencing — finds corruption the most pressing issue among New York residents.

A new poll finds that voters want corruption in state government addressed before lawmakers adjourn the 2016 session.

Uber & Taxis fight
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Uber and its opponents in the cab industry are ratcheting up their fight over Uber's proposed expansion in New York state. 

State Senator Todd Kaminsky
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Democrat Todd Kaminsky has officially won a close New York state Senate race on Long Island.

Gov. Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, spoke for the first time since news broke that his former close associate is under federal investigation for possibly taking illegal payments from developers working on state economic development projects.

The New York State legislature has been on a three week break. In their absences, federal investigations into aides close to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor  Bill de Blasio have intensified, spurring even more calls for reform.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide at the center of a federal probe earned over $100,000 in income from two firms involved in Governor Cuomo’s economic development projects, according to financial disclosure forms.

Rep. Chris Gibson
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New York Congressman Chris Gibson, a Republican from the 19th district who is retiring after this term, his third, announced Monday afternoon he will not run for governor in 2018. Frequently critical of corruption in state government and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in particular, Gibson had expressed interest in the office over the past several months, setting up an exploratory committee. But Gibson says in a statement he will return to academia instead:

Over the weekend, news broke that top aides to Governor Andrew Cuomo are being probed by the U.S. Attorney in connection with the Buffalo Billion economic development project. Here's a look at who’s been accused and what they are suspected of doing.

 

New York's attorney general has forced 22 school districts to address complaints that immigrant children were denied or delayed access to school.

Troy announced the start of its Parking Ticket Amnesty Program on Sunday.

Gov. Cuomo
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With word that a former top aide to Governor Cuomo is under investigation, the Governor has ordered his own probe into a major economic development project in Western New York.

The legislature returns next Tuesday for the final push in a session that ends in late June. Government reformers say with a burgeoning scandal involving potential violations of campaign limits in Democratic Senate races in 2014, and the scheduled sentencing of the two former leaders of the legislature in early May, it’s time to focus on ethics fixes.

NYS Assembly
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The legislature returns next Tuesday for the final push in a session that ends in late June. Government reformers say with a burgeoning scandal involving potential violations of campaign limits in Democratic Senate races in 2014, and the scheduled sentencing of the two former leaders of the legislature in early May, it’s time to focus on ethics fixes.

Saratoga PLAN

Located by the Saratoga Spa State Park, the 166-acre Pitney Farm in Saratoga Springs is viewed by many as an important piece of the city’s so-called greenbelt that needs protection from development.

Government reform groups say you can add one more item to the long list of reforms that they believe are needed in Albany. They say limits are needed on campaign contributions to county political committees. The committees collection and distribution of money factor into a growing criminal case against  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, and upstate Senate races in 2014.

In the time between when the snow clears and the leaves bloom, DEC Forest Ranger Scott van Laer will start up his seasonal hobby of trekking into remote areas to find things that would elude most hikers.

New York's highest court says DNA evidence presented by prosecutors must be accompanied at trial by at least one analyst involved in the critical stages of its processing or who independently analyzed the raw data.

The state attorney general has filed a lawsuit claiming the Rensselaer County District Attorney "flagrantly violated" an executive order in presenting evidence in a fatal police shooting to a grand jury. 

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The Halfmoon Community Solar Project, expected to be completed by late summer, will feature more than 1,700 panels and will generate enough electricity to power about 103 average-sized homes.

Saratoga Racino Rebrands

Apr 27, 2016

The 75-year-old Saratoga Casino and Raceway announced a new logo and name change on Wednesday.

Stop oil trains Tee Shirt
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New York state's comptroller is urging federal authorities to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents.

Opponents Hope They Can Stop A Third Pipeline

Apr 26, 2016
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In the past week, two major natural gas pipelines have been scrapped in New York. A third, which would expand a line that is near the Indian Point Nuclear Power plant, is still scheduled, but opponents are putting pressure on Governor Cuomo to use his persuasive powers with the federal government to stop the expansion.

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