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Supporters of paid family leave in New York say they hope 2016 will be their year, but business groups are urging caution.

A measure to allow all workers in the state 12 weeks of paid leave to take care of a new baby or sick family member was approved in the State Assembly, and two measures gained support in the State Senate, but the issue fell by the wayside in the end of session rush to pass bills and adjourn for the summer.

The Senate sponsor of a two-house bill, Joseph Addabbo of Queens, says he thinks it’s not a question of if the measure will pass, but when.

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Rochester has been chosen as the national headquarters for a photonics hub that will be launched with more than $600 million in federal, state, university and industry investment.

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Rochester has been chosen as the national headquarters for a photonics hub that will be launched with more than $600 million in federal, state, university and industry investment.

 

New York's Wage Board has finalized its recommendation endorsing a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in chain restaurants.

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A high school teacher from upstate New York has published a book on World War II from interviews veterans gave to his history class.

A delegation of Capital Region lawmakers has delivered a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging that the New York Racing Association, the organization that oversees thoroughbred racing in the state,  be transitioned back to a private, non-profit racing entity.

A New York state senator has been convicted on federal charges he sought to sabotage an investigation targeting him for embezzlement.

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Friday was opening day at Saratoga Race Course. The world’s best horses, trainers and jockeys are back in town for the track’s summer meet. A day at the races comes with its own traditions and customs. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard visited the Spa before the crowds gathered.

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While summer is typically a slower time for the Glens Falls Civic Center, arena leaders are keeping busy with a new fundraising campaign, a new general manager, and a new hockey team.

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Communities along the Hudson held a candlelight vigil last night to pressure General Electric and Governor Andrew Cuomo to clean up additional PCBs from the river.

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