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Village elections were held across New York Wednesday. Two challengers in some of the only contested mayoral races in the region claimed victory over their incumbent opponents.

Family leave for New Yorkers, and possibly all American workers, is getting closer to becoming a reality. The idea is being embraced by state legislators and by one of New York's representatives in Congress.

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If you receive health care in the Northeast, you may be more likely to undergo medical tests that you don't need. That's according to a new study out of New York University.

Researchers surveyed patients with low-risk breast and prostate cancer and found that on average more than 40 percent of them received imaging tests that were expensive and unnecessary. And the figure was higher in the Northeast than elsewhere. Dr. Danil Makarov, the study's lead investigator, says imaging rarely proved useful for patients with those types of cancer.            

Karen DeWitt

  Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Speaker of the Assembly say they hope the State Senate will sign on to their joint proposal for ethics reform, as a new poll finds the governor with dropping job approval numbers.

Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie took the unusual step of calling their ethics measure a “deal,” even though they need the State Senate to agree to the plan in order for it to become law.

“This is a day of progress and good news,” Cuomo said.

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The New York Farm Bureau is concerned about what impact January’s minimum wage increase and proposed new hikes would have on the state’s agricultural sector.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is urging his colleagues in Congress to pass legislation that would extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program until 2019. 

Schumer made his pitch on a Wednesday conference call with reporters, arguing that nearly 275,000 New York children are currently in jeopardy.

Poll Shows Cuomo At Lowest Popularity Yet

Mar 18, 2015
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

A new poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is at his lowest ranking since taking office, with signs that the governor’s feud with the teachers’ union is taking its toll.

Syracuse University says embattled men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years. The school's athletic director also has stepped down. The news comes after the school was hit with NCAA sanctions that include a nine-game suspension for Boeheim, head coach since 1976, next season. Boeheim also lost more than 100 wins. His 2003 national championship was unaffected.

  One of the most polarizing issues in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget is an education tax credit that would allow donors of up to $1 million to public and private schools to receive a tax benefit. Opponents say it benefits the rich, supporter say it helps poor children.  

The College of Saint Rose in Albany and Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown have announced a dual admission program.