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2:37 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

New York Lawmakers Share Thoughts On Keystone XL, Oil Transport

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A bill that would support the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline passed in the U.S. House of Representatives this week failed to clear the Senate by one vote.

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline was passed just last week for the ninth time by the Republican-led House of Representatives. This week, before the Democrat-controlled lame duck Senate, the measure failed by a single vote, 59-41. 

The pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada south through the United States to be refined and shipped overseas from the Gulf Coast.

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New York News
12:34 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Assemblywoman Fahy Convenes Heroin Forum

Members of law enforcement, educators, health care, and treatment experts and others gathered at the Guilderland Town Library Tuesday evening for a panel discussion on heroin and opiate addiction. The panel was organized by Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.

New York News
6:10 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Conference Examines State's Infrastructure Needs

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  New York State lawmakers say they want to act quickly to spend the state’s $5 billion dollar and growing surplus on an infrastructure fund to fix up roads and bridges, among other things. At a conference on the state’s infrastructure, sponsored by a think tank, participants said there are deep needs, and they warn lawmakers not to spend the money frivolously.  

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5:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Washington County DA Will Serve As Special Prosecutor In Case Against Saratoga County Deputy

Former Saratoga County Sheriff's Deputy Shawn Glans as seen in an online video
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The acting district attorney in Saratoga County has announced a special prosecutor will handle the case against a former Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy who allegedly slapped a civilian earlier this month. 

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New York News
12:38 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Emergency Shelters Open As Cold Weather Arrives

The Salvation Army in Saratoga Springs
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As the temperature drops, emergency shelters have been opening across the region. But in Glens Falls, one shelter remains closed, as officials work to open the doors.

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New York News
12:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Former New York LG Ravitch Turns Attention To Detroit

Richard Ravitch

The city of Detroit is beginning to emerge from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, and the man who helped to pull New York City out of its severe money problems back in the 1970s will be steering Detroit's long road back to recovery. Former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch has been appointed as a senior adviser to the financial review commission in Detroit. Ravitch will be at Albany Law School Wednesday afternoon at 2 for a panel discussion on Detroit and what it might mean for New York.

New York News
12:11 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

SUNY Research Foundation President Departs For Illinois

The University of Illinois system has hired State University of New York Vice Chancellor for Research Timothy L. Killeen as its next president.

The university announced Wednesday that the 62-year-old Killeen will become president when current President Robert Easter retires in June.

The 67-year-old Easter became president in 2012 during a period of turmoil.

Both of his predecessors, Michael Hogan and B. Joseph White, resigned under pressure. Easter is credited by many with overseeing a relatively calm period.

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New York News
10:37 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Siena College Makes It Official: Coughlin Is 11th President

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Siena College has its next president: Dr. F. Edward Coughlin is taking over the Loudonville school as its 11th president, effective immediately. Siena says the Franciscan brother has more than 40 years experience in higher education, including as Vice President for Franciscan mission at St. Bonaventure. He had been serving as Siena’s interim president since August, when Kevin Mullen resigned.

New York News
10:27 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Outgoing LG Duffy To Lead Rochester Business Alliance

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New York's lieutenant governor will lead a Rochester business organization when he steps down at the end of the year.

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New York News
6:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Pilot Program Provides Real Time Connections Between Emergency Responders And Schools

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There have been so many school shootings in recent years, parents will probably never feel totally at peace when they put their kids on the bus again. A new school safety pilot program, Mutualink K-12,  is rolling out in 20 public schools in Oneida and Rockland counties later this month. The technology announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday claims to improve communications and the sharing of information between participating schools and local first responders during an emergency.

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