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  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the legislature say they’ve finally settled all of their differences and have voted on the final piece of legislation to end the session.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a state investigation into how two killers escaped from a maximum-security prison will look into whether reforms are needed.

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The corrections officer charged with aiding fugitives Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the Clinton Correctional facility did not appear at a very short court session Thursday afternoon.  That was because his legal representation is changing and his court session delayed.

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A new library will be built in Schenectady to bring resources and programs to city children and families.

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A prison guard from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional facility who police say delivered frozen meat with tools hidden inside to two inmates before they escaped was arrested and arraigned last night. He will be back in court this afternoon on charges of promoting prison contraband and other offenses.

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A lawyer for an upstate New York prison guard arrested after the escape of two inmates says his client had no knowledge they were trying to break out and didn't know meat he gave them had contraband hidden inside it.

As the manhunt for escaped prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat lingers into its 19th day, law enforcement has focused the search west of the Clinton Correctional facility.

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The legislature continued negotiating and printing legislation Wednesday, one day after a framework deal was announced by legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo. The session limped to a close, after a year that’s seen the resignation of both leaders of the legislature over corruption scandals, and ongoing federal probes.

Governor Cuomo endured many personal obstacles. His father, the former Governor Mario Cuomo, passed away January 1st. His long- time partner, chef Sandra Lee, underwent a double mastectomy for breast cancer.

“This was a very difficult year,”  Cuomo admits.

It's one month until the meet at Saratoga Race Course and New York's horse racing organizers are preparing for a new season. In its first board meeting since April and American Pharoah's Triple Crown win at Belmont, the NYRA board is hoping improvements at the Spa will provide for an excellent racing season. 

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College has received a $100,000 award to kick-start a fundraising campaign.

The Tang was awarded the challenge grant from the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation.

Ian Berry, museum director, said Kelly, a recognized painter in New York's Hudson Valley, is a "critically influential artist" and that the award is critical as the museum grows its collection.

The fundraising effort by the museum will support an endowment to care for its collection of more than 7,000 objects.

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