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The New York State United Teachers Union today filed suit in New York State Supreme Court in Albany to challenge the state's the 2% property tax cap enacted in June 2011.

WAMC's Brian Shields was joined by NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi to talk about the lawsuit.  

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Travel is getting back on track for trains, ferries and airlines following a snowstorm that dropped record amounts of snow on parts of northern New England.

A series of federal grants aimed at supporting additional learning time have been awarded to schools and other education organizations across Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program, or CCLC, was created in 2001 through the Federal No Child Left Behind Act. And very recently, winners in Massachusetts were announced to use award money to increase learning time, in an effort to improve student achievement.

Earlier this week, officials in five states announced they would be participating in a pilot program that would add hundreds of hours in classroom time to the school year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

We welcome Janet Groth to the show and speak with her about her book, The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker.

Police in Utica spent the Fourth of July responding to two calls of people under the influence of bath salts, a drug that has become a growing problem across the country, but especially in parts of central New York where at least seven cases, including one fatality, have been reported since June. Madison County lawmakers have called on state officials to take immediate action, and there is discussion of a local law to make bath salts illegal. Madison County health director Eric Faisst says local law enforcement and health officials recently met to discuss bath salts.

NY Court Allows Espaillat to Withdraw Petition

Jul 3, 2012

Lawyers for NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat have temporarily withdrawn their petition in their fight over his race to unseat U.S. Representative Charles Rangel.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The lawyers got permission from a state Supreme Court justice Monday to withdraw their petition so they can refile later this week using broader legal arguments.

Espaillat spokesman Ibrahim Khan says the move lets them keep their legal options open while they fight for transparency. He says the campaign could now push for a new vote to be held.

New York stands to receive $146 million in the national settlement with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, which has agreed to pay $3 billion overall to settle federal and state complaints related to marketing and pricing of its drugs. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports...

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the record recovery will go to the state's Medicaid program.

New York's top court has rejected a request by French investors to reinstate their lawsuit over losing $43 million out of $50 million they put into two structured investment vehicles. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

The investors claim Barclays Bank, Standard & Poor's and two management companies were complicit in leaving investors with plummeting securities shortly before the Wall Street collapse.

NY, Local Governments Butt Heads over Next Crisis

Jun 27, 2012

The next government fiscal crisis is boiling over in counties and municipalities, and taxpayers again are catching the heat.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

New York's state Legislature chose not pass the urgent pleas of local governments including Rockland County, the City of Long Beach, Suffolk and Nassau counties, Buffalo and Newburgh during the 2012 legislative session that ended last week.

The local governments sought permission to spread debt payments or increase local sales taxes, among other measures.