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3:50 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

DEC Taking Comments On Proposed PCB Remediation Plan

New York State environmental officials have released details of a plan to clean toxic chemicals from a General Electric facility on the upper Hudson River.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has opened a public comment period on a proposed remedy for the PCB contamination found at the G.E. Fort Edward Plant Site.

PCBs were used by GE in its capacitor manufacturing there. For three decades the chemicals were dumped into the nearby Hudson River.

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New York News
7:59 am
Wed February 25, 2015

NYC Mayor De Blasio In Albany Today

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking his agenda for the city to Albany.

The mayor is scheduled to address lawmakers at a budget hearing Wednesday. He's expected to talk about his push to protect the city's rent regulations, raise the minimum wage and make investments in affordable housing and public education.

De Blasio's visit to the Capitol comes just weeks after Sheldon Silver stepped down as Assembly speaker. The Manhattan Democrat was one of the city's biggest advocates in the Legislature. His replacement, Carl Heastie, is from the Bronx.

While in Albany de Blasio is expected to meet with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The two men have a complicated relationship, and Cuomo's support will be critical to the success of the mayor's proposals.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Poll Finds New Yorkers Don't Want A Late Budget Over An Ethics Fight

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    Governor Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly threatened to hold up the state budget over ethics reform and other issues, like education policy. Now, a poll finds that voters would rather that the budget be on time. The spending plan is due March 31st and lawmakers return to Albany Wednesday to begin several weeks of negotiations.

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3:51 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Ex-Speaker Silver Pleads Not Guilty

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's lawyers are asking a judge to throw out a bribery case against him, saying the prosecutor went too far in discussing the case publicly.

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New York News
3:32 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Siena Poll: Ethics And The Budget

A new Siena College poll finds that while New York voters support efforts to rein in state government corruption, they're more concerned about whether lawmakers pass the budget on time.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has tied one to the other…   

51 percent of voters told Siena ethics reform would reduce government corruption. 44 percent think it will have little or no impact. The poll was released the same day former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was being arraigned on federal corruption charges; Silver’s arrest has prompted a new round of ethics debate in Albany.

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New York News
2:00 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

New York Raises Minimum Wage For Tipped Workers

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A state wage board has agreed to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers form $5.00 to $7.50 an hour. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the change at a rally with union leaders.

Cuomo, speaking to the union members,  renewed his call to raise the state’s minimum wage for non-tipped workers to $10.50 an hour, $11.50 in New York City. Cuomo says businesses are making “record profits.” 

“Business is doing well, God bless ’em,” Cuomo said. “But it is time that they share. We are looking at a polarization of income in this country like we’ve never seen before.”

Not everyone was pleased with the increase. The state’s Restaurant and Tavern Association says it’s disappointed that the Governor’s wage board did not limit the minimum wage for highly tipped workers to $6.50 an hour.  The group predicts that it will slow job growth, and is considering legal action. 

New York News
6:08 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

New York Governor Urges Probe Of Teacher Evaluations

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state Education Department should investigate the results of teacher evaluations to see whether the process is skewed to favor teachers.

The administration sent a letter to acting Education Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin on Sunday. That followed a Newsday report that said the portion of teacher evaluations controlled by districts is weighted in most Long Island districts toward ensuring teachers score high enough to get favorable evaluations.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Reformers Say Cuomo's Ethics Proposals Don't Go Far Enough

Governor Andrew Cuomo has outlined his plan for greater transparency of state lawmakers’ outside income, and has made it part of his budget proposal. Good government groups say they wish he had gone farther.

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New York News
4:06 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Schneiderman Probing Casino Siting Process

A losing bidder for New York state casino license says Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating a state board's recent selection of three casino proposals.

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New York News
8:54 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Schumer: Don't Cut Funding To Fight Heroin Trafficking

Sen. Charles Schumer says Congress should reject President Barack Obama's plan to cut funding for a program that targets high-intensity drug trafficking.

The New York Democrat says Obama's proposal to cut more than $50 million from the program would set back efforts to fight heroin abuse.

Schumer says the spread of dangerous opiates shows the need to boost funding for the initiative.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program teams federal law enforcement with local police in designated areas.

Schumer says he'd like to see a $100 million increase.

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