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New York News
8:29 am
Fri April 13, 2012

NY Assembly to Hold Minimum Wage Hearings

The New York Assembly plans to hold a series of hearings on raising the state's minimum wage to $8.50 an hour next year.

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Hudson Valley News
8:22 am
Fri April 13, 2012

NY State Parks System Getting $89M Funding Boost

New York's two most-visited state parks are getting two of the biggest shares of the $89 million in additional funding the Legislature has approved to fix up the aging system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

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New York News
8:26 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Poll Finds New Yorkers Hold Mixed Views about Health Care Act

A new poll finds New Yorkers have mixed feelings about President Obama’s health care reform act, with a plurality saying they’d like to see the Supreme Court declare parts of the law unconstitutional. 

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Hudson Valley News
9:11 am
Tue April 10, 2012

NY State Parks Ban Smoking at Playgrounds, Pools

The state is creating smoke-free areas outdoors at New York state parks and historic sites, including around playgrounds and pools. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports…

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says Monday the smoke-free zones will be around recreation areas, including beaches and picnic shelters. The agency operates 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

Parks officials say that will protect children and others from the dangers of secondhand smoke and reduce litter from discarded cigarettes.

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New York News
8:45 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Poll: Majority of New Yorkers Favor Increase in State's Minimum Wage

A new poll finds the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers would like to see the state raise its minimum wage. Governor Cuomo does not rule the proposal out.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports...
 
The Quinnipiac poll found that 78% of those surveyed think the state's minimum wage should be higher than the current $7.25 an hour, with more than half saying it should be increased to over $8.50 cents an hour.
 

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New York News
8:24 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Poll: New Yorkers Decry Secret Dealing in Budget Talks

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A statewide poll finds New Yorkers think the secrecy and closed-door deals that led to last week state's budget approval are unnecessary and a serious problem. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports...

The Quinnipiac University poll is a rebuke of the continued "three-men-in-a-room" method of crafting a budget by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

The poll finds that 55 percent of voters said the closed-door negotiations weren't necessary to achieve the budget.

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New York News
8:31 am
Tue April 3, 2012

NY Board Won't Disclose Hire Record

New York's powerful new ethics board has refused to release to the public any record of the secret vote to hire a longtime aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo as its $148,000-a-year executive director. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, which has broad powers to investigate legislators and other officials, denied The Associated Press request for the records under the state Freedom of Information Law.

The board voted February 2 to hire Ellen Biben.  

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New York News
8:21 am
Fri March 30, 2012

NYS Lawmakers Head for Second Straight On-Time Budget

State lawmakers were headed for an on-time state budget for the second year in a row that keeps spending relatively flat.  They hoped to wrap up voting by late Friday afternoon.  As Karen DeWitt reports, the lack of the usual dramatics surrounding the budget this time is due to preparations that began over a year ago...
 
State legislators and Governor Cuomo have been touting the on time budget for the second year in a row that also, for the second time, reigns in spending.
 

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New York News
8:28 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Upstate NY Sheriff Investigates Soda Bottle Bomb

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is investigating after someone turned in a lump of melted green plastic that appears to have been a homemade bomb rigged with matches, gasoline and bullets.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Deputies say a Barneveld resident found the object on a trail in the town of Trenton on March 18 and turned it in to the sheriff's office on Sunday.

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New York News
7:36 am
Mon March 26, 2012

NY Growers Worry about Buds as Temperature Plunges

Upstate New York growers are watching fruit trees anxiously as a strong cold front sweeps through the region, bringing frost that could damage buds.  WAMC's Tristan O’Neill reports…

Many fruit trees have started to bud as much as four weeks ahead of schedule because of the unusual warmth in recent weeks.

Wayne County orchard owner Stephanie Craft tells the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that she and her husband Gary won't be able to sleep Monday night. The temperature is expected to drop to about 23 degrees.

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