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6:20 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pre-K Expansion To Be Low In September

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is a major proponent of universal pre-kindergarten.
Credit Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say the number falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as universal pre-K.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Tim Kremer On How Education Fared In Legislative Session

In the final days of the New York legislative session, which ended last week in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders reached an agreement on a two-year delay in the teacher assessments to be based on the Common Core testing. It was just one of the education issues state leaders dealt with this year, or left on their table for another day. For a look back at how education fared in Albany this year, we spoke with Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, who commented on the teacher evaluation delay.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

NYRA Details 2014 Meet At Saratoga

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York Racing Association officials have detailed the upcoming summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.

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New York News
8:44 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Primary Hotline To Help Voters With Disabilities Vote

Credit Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

New York has a hotline to help voters cast their ballots during the Tuesday's federal primary elections.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Reform Groups Urge No Vote On Redistricting Ballot Amendment

Credit C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

Government reform groups are beginning their push early to convince voters to reject an amendment on redistricting on the state’s November ballot. They say it’s a sham that does not offer the changes that it promises.

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New York News
2:49 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Greenwich To Vote On Village Dissolution

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On Tuesday voters in the Washington County village of Greenwich will head to the polls to decide whether to dissolve their local government.

The southern Washington County village founded in 1809 is located within the town of Greenwich. A small part of the village lies in neighboring Easton.

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New York News
12:21 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

NY Awaits High Court Ruling On Local Fracking Bans

Flashback to 2012: Hein Vs. Brine : County Exec Takes Stand Against Waste Fracking Fluid
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As New York awaits a decision from the state’s highest court on whether communities have the right to use local zoning laws to ban the use of land for oil and gas activities, several local governments in many states are regulating hydraulic fracturing.  Experts from affected states recently briefed reporters on the growing trend of community control over fracking.

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New York News
6:03 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Saratoga Springs Police Release More Documents Related To Mount Case

Public Safety Commissioner Chris Matthiesen
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Saratoga Springs Police Department has released more photographs, video, and other documents related to the events last summer that led to the death of a Malta man in May of this year, but the family of the victim is still looking for more information. 

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New York News
4:22 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New York State Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Sponsor of the medical marijuana bill Diane Savino
Credit Karen DeWitt

After a lengthy debate of several hours, the medical marijuana bill was approved in the Senate, and now goes to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has said he'll sign it.   

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WAMC News
3:47 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

NY AG Schneiderman: Google And Microsoft Phones Will Ship With Kill Switch Technology

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Apple added what’s known as a "kill switch" to iPhones last September. Authorities say that has sharply reduced robberies and thefts of the popular smartphone. Now, Microsoft and Google will a kill switch to their smartphone operating systems.

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