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The New York state budget agreed upon this week includes changes to language regarding video lottery terminal gaming facilities.

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Education took center stage this budget season in Albany, with teacher evaluations, testing, and tenure the major points of debate as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature worked on the details of the spending plan, which passed this week. Tim Kremer, the Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, has been going over the fine print on some of the major education changes, including teacher evaluations.

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In the battle over who will lead the Senate Democratic Caucus, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is giving her support to her New York colleague.

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With public and media attention squarely focused on the New York state budget agreement, the Department of Health on Tuesday quietly filed regulations for the state’s medical marijuana program.

New York posted final regulations for the state medical marijuana program, sticking to the original script: not varying far from the much-criticized draft regulations that first appeared months ago.

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Saying the U.S. is the only industrialized nation without it, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Troy today as a part of a statewide tour to promote federal legislation that would establish national paid leave.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature approved some significant changes to the state’s education system and how teachers are evaluated going forward. But, before all that can be implemented, the new system faces a big test, literally, later this month.

With education in flux across New York thanks to the Common Core, there's a mixed reaction to Governor Andrew Cuomo's provisions for it in the freshly finished budget.  

$1.6 billion has been allocated for education in a spending plan that includes several reforms. The budget negotiations are only the latest fault line between the governor, legislative leaders and the powerful teachers’ union.

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The New York Health Department has issued final regulations for a statewide medical marijuana program expected to start next year.

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  The New York legislature completed an almost on-time budget, around 3 a.m. on the first day of the state’s fiscal year. One of the final pieces to come together was an ethics reform package, which will provide greater disclosure of lawmaker’s outside income. But critics say it does not go far enough.

Debate is continuing over the new budget deal reached late last night in Albany, but environmental and conservation groups are praising the inclusion of $200 million in New York’s new budget for water and sewer infrastructure projects.

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