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Democrats in the State Senate are attempting to close a loophole in the state’s campaign finance laws, while a new poll finds New Yorkers want lawmakers to take more steps to quell corruption.

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A New York congressman wants to make the use of chokeholds by police officers a federal crime.

Brooklyn Democrat Hakeem Jeffries said on Monday that he's sponsoring a bill that would amend civil rights laws that deal with excessive force. The measure would define chokeholds as a deprivation of rights under the color of law.

Hakeem made the announcement outside NYPD headquarters, joined by the mother of Eric Garner, the unarmed man killed in a police chokehold last year on Staten Island.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York will be the first state to offer English-language lessons to Spanish speakers over their mobile phones.  Cuomo announced the pilot program Monday.

It's designed to help immigrants who don't have the time or means to get traditional language lessons.

The service uses audio and texts and is free — aside from typical fees for minutes and texts.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Two Albany-area Assemblymembers  have joined the push for ride-sharing companies to be allowed to operate across New York.

..::Photo via AP | Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (April 2009)::..

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says every eligible voter in the United States should be able to register to vote online.

Remington Arms has recalled most workers laid off last August and November at its upstate New York plant.

Sen. Charles Schumer says the manufacturers of e-cigarettes should be prohibited from marketing to children and creating flavors that he says are designed to appeal to kids.

WAMC Photo by Pat Bradley

Former New York Governor Republican George Pataki was in Essex, New York earlier this week to speak at an education conference. He also took some time to talk with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about several issues including his reflections on a possible run for president.

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As General Electric enters its final season of dredging on the Hudson River, trustees responsible for ensuring the public is compensated for the damage caused by PCBs have issued a report on the affects of the chemical contaminants on fish.


 It was a bizarre story that captivated the Capital Region today: a herd of buffalo on the loose. Hours after they broke free, all of the animals were dead.

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