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4:24 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

NY Helping MA Dig Out

New York state is sending dozens of front-end loaders and dump trucks to help Massachusetts dig out from record snowfalls that dropped several feet of snow. The equipment left New York Wednesday morning for Worcester, Massachusetts, and a staging area outside Boston.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York received a request for help from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

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3:37 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

State Liquor Authority Approves Later Hours For Saratoga Bar

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The New York State Liquor Authority has approved later closing hours for a bar in downtown Saratoga Springs, one week after a measure to establish an earlier last call for certain establishments was withdrawn

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New York News
10:41 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

NY Lawmakers Examine Higher Education Spending

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Students and faculty members from New York's public universities have called on state lawmakers to increase funding for higher education. 

Hundreds of students and dozens of employees gathered at New York's state Capitol Tuesday as the Legislature held a hearing on the state's investment in higher education.

In his $142 billion state budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for nearly $60 million in additional higher education spending and changes intended to make funding more dependent on performance than enrollment.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Another Senator Gives Up Outside Income In The Wake Of Silver Scandal

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  One day after Democrats in the Senate proposed sharply curtailing outside income earned by state lawmakers, the leader of another Senate faction says he’s quitting his private law practice.

Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein says he’s decided to give up his private law practice.

“While I enjoy and love the practice of law, I think now we’re in an ethical crisis,” said Klein, who says he wanted to “lead by example”.

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New York News
6:59 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Most Municipalities, School Districts Followed Tax Cap

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New York tax officials say 84 percent of municipal governments and 97 percent of school districts have maintained the 2 percent property tax cap that entitles residents to state tax credits.

Executive Deputy Tax Commissioner Nonie Manion says they’re finishing distribution of $200 million in credits to 2.5 million homeowners, with the last checks going out now.

Testifying at a legislative budget hearing, she says the credits have helped drive compliance by the schools and municipalities; the three-year program will ultimately put $1.5 billion into New Yorkers' pockets.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Senate Democrats Say Reform Of Legislators' Outside Income Should Not Wait For Budget

Democrats in the New York State Senate are pushing for some reforms that directly address problems that led to the arrest and resignation of the Assembly Speaker. They want to virtually ban all outside income for lawmakers.

The proposals come two and a half weeks after the Democratic Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver was arrested on corruption charges, and one week after he resigned as speaker.

Silver is charged with subverting his employment at two private law firms to gain nearly $6 million dollars in kickbacks and bribes.

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New York News
4:00 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Activists: NY A Dump For Fracking Waste

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A new report examines the possibility and practice of potentially radioactive out-of-state fracking waste getting dumped in New York despite Governor Cuomo’s ongoing implementation of a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

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New York News
1:45 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Winter's On A Roll

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The latest storm is upon us, and once again the region is dealing with slippery commutes, snow emergencies, and school closings and delays.

It's a "rinse and repeat" playback of last Monday: roads in poor condition from Rochester back through the Mohawk Valley, Hudson Valley eastward into New England and points south.  Conditions are expected to improve once the snow stops falling and the plows keep plowing.

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New York News
12:16 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen Looks To 2015

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Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen, now in her second year of her first term, is scheduled to deliver her State of the City address at 1 pm today. Before the speech, she spoke to WAMC’s Lucas Willard about what’s next in 2015 and her experience in 2014. Yepsen reflected on the division within the community over casino development, a topic that dominated city business for months.

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New York News
6:39 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Albany County Woman Indicted In Death Of Child

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A grand jury has returned charges in a child murder case in the Capital District that shocked the public and the police. 

A murder indictment has been handed up in a case that began with a multi-state Amber Alert but ended with the discovery of a young boy's body.

The Albany County District Attorney's office says 20-year-old Tiffany VanAlstyne of Berne, in Albany County, is now facing charges of murder and manslaughter in the December strangulation death of her 5-year-old cousin, Kenneth White.

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