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A number of groups have been warning of dire consequences should New York’s minimum wage be raised to $15 per hour.  The New York Farm Bureau held simultaneous press conferences across the state on Monday, contending the higher wage would negatively affect farms and the cost of food.

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New York state would make it illegal to leave a child younger than 8 in a vehicle alone, under legislation that has won passage in the state Senate.

A federal judge says the legal services group that oversees the welfare of disabled and mentally ill New Yorkers has the right to access the special education classroom and records of a school district where parents complained of abuse.

More than 20,000 first-time voters have registered with New York state in what state officials are calling an "unprecedented surge" of voter interest ahead of the state's April 19 presidential primary. 

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The newly elected Chancellor to the Board of Regents, Betty Rosa, expressed grave doubts about the state’s use of standardized tests in the schools, saying if she were not on the Board of Regents, she would join the opt-out movement and not permit her children to take the tests.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today visited  Wildwood Programs in the town of Guilderland, promoting legislation he says would  empower disabled people.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today visited  Wildwood Programs in the town of Guilderland, promoting legislation he says would  empower disabled people.

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The nation's top two daily fantasy sports websites have agreed to stop operating in New York through the end of baseball season.

At STAR Plaza: U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Olive Niccoli, Sara Niccoli and NY State Senator Neil Breslin. Niccoli also made campaign stops the same day in Kingston, Athens and Amsterdam.
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Montgomery County Town of Palatine supervisor Sara Niccoli has kicked off a campaign to unseat Republican George Amedore  in New York’s 46th state Senate District.  The announcement was made at Star Plaza.

Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, is welcoming today's election of Dr. Betty Rosa to head the Board of Regents. Kremer spoke with WAMC's Ian Pickus after  the Board of Regents chose Rosa as chancellor. Rosa, a former superintendent from the Bronx, replaces Merryl Tisch, who's stepping down from the board after 20 years, the last seven as its leader. The board elected T. Andrew Brown as vice chancellor.

Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, Vice Chancellor Andrew Brown and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia meet with the media after the board elections Monday in Albany.
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New York's Board of Regents has elected Betty Rosa as chancellor of the state's education policy-making body.

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The New York Thruway Authority was created with a promise that it wouldn't cost the state a single penny. Now it could end up taking billions in state subsidies.

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A group of construction contractors, labor unions, local transportation officials and business groups have banded together to encourage state lawmakers in New York to invest in the state's aging roads, bridges and highways.

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Montgomery County Town of Palatine Supervisor Sara Niccoli has kicked off a campaign to unseat Republican George Amedore  in the 46th State Senate District. 

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Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, a Capital Region Democrat, says he recently learned that a vote to legalize mixed-martial arts could come as soon as Monday. Santabarbara, who  has been a vocal advocate for bringing the sport to New York, said the bill to regulate it has 80 co-sponsors.

With 49 cases so far in the state of New York, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to combat transmission of the Zika virus.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported nine additional Zika infections in pregnant women in the United States, while 49 verified cases of Zika in New Your State have prompted a response from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan came to the Capitol with other Catholic Church leaders to meet with Governor Cuomo and some leaders of the legislature. 

Panelist Sana Mustafa took a train up from in Annandale-On-Hudson to participate in the discussion.
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A Syrian refugee was in Albany Thursday to take part in a panel discussion, "Facing the Global Immigration and Refugee Crisis," at The State University of New York's Rockefeller Institute of Government. The event kicked off a celebration of immigrants and cultural diversity in the area.

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Weeks after news of a potential distribution center for Dollar General fell through in Saratoga County, the company is eyeing a new site in Montgomery County. Proponents are viewing the project as a job creator.

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After some recent confusion, Glens Falls mayor “Jack” Diamond will remain in office until the end of his term. And for the next year and a half, the Democrat says he plans to continue working to bring more business downtown.

 

  Governor Cuomo concedes that ethics reform is unlikely to be a part of the New York State budget, despite the conviction of the two legislative leaders on major corruption charges. Cuomo blames the legislature for lack of will to enact changes.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a plan to combat potential transmission of the Zika Virus in communities across New York State. The plan targets the virus at its source – Aedes mosquitoes.

Yassin Aref, the Albany imam sent to federal prison after being convicted of material support for terrorism, is part of a case heard in court this week involving inmates challenging confinement in special prison units.

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After almost a year of negotiations, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home in Gloversville has ratified a new contract with union workers.

People with developmental disabilities and their caretakers held a rally at the New York State Capitol Wednesday to ask Governor Andrew Cuomo for financial help if he’s successful in pushing through a $15 minimum wage.

“Annette Funicello has always made Utica and the Mohawk Valley proud.”  ~ Senator Joseph Griffo
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, State Senator Joseph Griffo announced that Utica-born actress Annette Funicello has been recognized by the New York State Senate as a Historic Woman of Distinction.

Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home in Gloversville has ratified a new contract with its union workers.

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New York's Assembly has voted to limit legislators' outside income to about $70,000 annually.

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A recent report shows New York farm workers generally make more than the state minimum wage, unlike others in low paying jobs who have been the focus of an aggressive campaign to raise wages.

New York state officials are reminding residents about brush burning restrictions.

The Assembly and Senate have released budget positions that focus on taxes and spending policies, but very little on ethics reform, even though both former leaders of the legislature face prison sentences over corruption convictions.     

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