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According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, New York is home to more than 65,000 women veterans. A community forum scheduled for tonight in Schenectady aims to bring the issues they face into focus.

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With a deadline approaching for lawmakers to agree on a final New York State budget, legislators are making the rounds in their districts this week to advocate for their priorities. In Saratoga Springs, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner spent a day visiting with students and teachers.

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The Healthcare Association of New York State advocates in Albany and Washington on behalf of hospitals and health care providers across the state.   University of Vermont Health Network-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital President and CEO Stephens Mundy has been named board chair of the association.  It is the first time anyone from Clinton, Essex or Franklin counties in northern New York has been appointed to the position.  Mundy says one of his key priorities is DSRIP, New York’s Medicaid restructuring program.

Key New York lawmakers are continuing efforts to legalize daily fantasy sports following Monday's agreement by its two biggest websites to stop taking bets in New York until July.  New York's Republican-controlled Senate has already backed regulating daily fantasy sports, putting that in its recent budget proposal.

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Supporters and opponents of a $15 minimum wage in New York are blasting reports that Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have reached a compromise that could stretch out the phase in period, and exempt farmers from the higher pay requirements. 

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
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Some 112,000 homes, hospitals, schools and commercial buildings in New York state have completed or begun energy efficiency projects through state programs intended to encourage clean energy.

The State University Board of Trustees and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher say they would freeze tuition if the system receives more state money in the budget.

Next month, after years under state control, the New York Racing Association is expected to submit a reprivatization plan.

 

The Justice Department is preparing to announce charges in a cyberattack on a small dam outside New York City, a case U.S. officials have linked to Iran.

SUNY Tuition Freeze press conference
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Top State University of New York officials say they want a tuition freeze at the state’s colleges and universities, and are asking Governor Cuomo and the state legislature to adequately fund SUNY in the budget  so that they don’t have to raise rates for students . The request comes as lawmakers are scrambling to meet a March 31 budget deadline.

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