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Winter related road defects not covered by state
11:29 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Owners pay to repair cars damaged by crumbling highway

I-290 Expressway
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Claims filed with New York State over vehicular damage caused by broken concrete on the I-290 expressway are being denied.

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Focus on Education
2:53 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Regents pull teacher protections from Common Core changes in final vote

Kids learning.
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The state Board of Regents at the last minute reversed course and decided not to hold a final vote on some changes to weaken implementation of the Common Core standards in New York. 

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Access to be restricted to targeted hospitals
10:47 am
Sun January 5, 2014

Cuomo expected to make deal on medical marijuana

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Medical marijuana may soon be made available on a limited basis in New York State.

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Stepped up enforcement efforts to cover holidays
10:31 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Statewide DWI crackdown in force this weekend

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Statewide law enforcement personnel are engaging in an Impaired Driving Crackdown over the holiday weekend, which is promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association.

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State officials cautiously optimistic
11:28 am
Sat August 17, 2013

State tax receipts boost financial picture

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
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There is good financial news being reported for New York State.

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Local
5:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Comptroller issues report on IDA performance

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Industrial Development Agencies, or IDAs, are doing a better job of using incentives to create and retain jobs in New York. But the state's fiscal watchdog has some concerns about accountability and transparency when it comes to tax exemptions.

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Local
8:39 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Cuomo, Assembly Democrats roll out reform ideas

Governor Andrew Cuomo rolls out reforms
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At the State Capitol, lawmakers are scrambling to put forward plans to react to the latest twin corruption scandals involving bribery charges against a State Senator and Assemblyman.  

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Lucrative contract turned aside
9:54 am
Sun January 27, 2013

State accused of losing millions in the Mist

A Maid of the Mist cruise
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A California businessman is claiming that New York State missed out on millions in revenue with its new contract with the Maid of the Mist.

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Police are to be exempt from some guidelines
10:32 am
Sun January 20, 2013

State gun control measures to be reviewed

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New York State's new gun control measures were rushed through Albany and changes to that legislation are soon to come.

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Local
9:28 am
Tue January 15, 2013

State Senate approves new gun laws

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The New York state legislature is passing the toughest in the nation gun control laws laid out by Governor Cuomo . The Senate voted late Monday evening , and the Assembly was expected to act Tuesday morning.

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Chain purchasing three new stores
9:42 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Tops Markets to expand in state

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Tops Markets is extending its reach in New York State.

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Some local districts foresee pending crisis
9:32 am
Sun December 2, 2012

Financial demands could break school districts

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School systems across New York State are facing significant financial challenges over the next few years, but at least half of those districts could be insolvent in four years.

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Initiative aims to curb Medicaid costs
10:28 am
Sat November 24, 2012

State program targets healthcare spending

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New York State is joining a number of states in attempting to save health care dollars by encouraging patients to get healthier.

The study will involve nearly 17,000 Medicaid recipients. Each will receive a $250 debit card to spend on healthier lifestyle choices. The 5 year study will show if it is cheaper to fend off health issues instead of paying for them after they occur.

New York State spends more than $1 billion per week on Medicaid.

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Failed policies could promote drug abuse
10:21 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Audit identifies major lapses in prescription controls

Misused prescription drugs
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An investigation by New York State auditors has found numerous lapses in the oversight controls regarding prescription refills.

Errors were discovered in more than 300,000 prescriptions. The errors included expired scripts being filled, repeat refills beyond the prescribed limit and other issues. Authorities believe these matters have led to the increased misuse of prescription drugs.

Stricter controls are being pursued.
 

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Local
8:38 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Fracking support growing in New York

State approval of hydrofracking would allow for widespread natural gas drilling in the Southern Tier.

The natural gas industry sees hopeful signs in a new poll that finds more New Yorkers now support hydrofracking.

A Quinnipiac University survey also finds upstaters, who live where the gas drilling process would occur, back fracking in greater numbers.

The Quinnipiac poll finds that by a narrow four point margin, New Yorkers surveyed believe that the economic benefits of natural gas drilling, including job creation, outweigh the potential harmful environmental effects. Quinnipiac’s Mickey Carroll says opinion is still somewhat evenly divided.   

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Worst perpetrators alone face penalties
10:47 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Theft of state unemployment benefits largely unprosecuted

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Unemployment insurance fraud is not a new problem in New York State, but it is a crime that many scofflaws get away with.

According to the Buffalo News, the state pays nearly $150 million annually to pay bogus claims, yet only approximately 3 percent of those claims get prosecuted. County district attorneys across the state determine which cases to prosecute, generally selecting the most egregious frauds.

The problems with prosecution tend to be issues of a lack of manpower and difficulty in collecting concrete evidence against the perpetrators.

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Local
9:17 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Lawmakers looking at ALEC influence in New York State

A hearing by Senate Democrats explored the influence of the controversial lobby group known as ALEC  in New York State.

Those who testified say more light needs to  shine on the secretive group and even urged the state ethics commission to start an investigation.

ALEC, which stands for the American Legislative Exchange Council, until recently claimed the membership of some of the nation’s largest corporations, including Wal-Mart and Coca Cola.  

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A perfect score awarded to county's efforts
10:25 am
Sun May 27, 2012

Top scores for Niagara County's emergency readiness

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Niagara County's Emergency Preparedness Program has received a perfect score in state performance reviews.

 The county's program has received exceptional scores for three consecutive years, including reviews by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The New York State Department of Health reviewed the program this year.

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Local
9:27 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Minimum wage debate continues in Albany

For weeks, there’s been a stalemate in Albany over the issue of raising the state’s minimum age, with Assembly Democrats backing the idea, Senate Republicans opposing it, and Governor Cuomo remaining neutral in the middle, saying he generally backs the measure, but feels that the GOP can’t be convinced.

The governor and the leaders appeared together at an event in the governor’s ceremonial offices, and were asked if they were doing anything to resolve the impasse.
There was a brief pause.

“Who wants to go first, guys?” Cuomo said, with a laugh.

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Charter School faces state shutdown
11:33 am
Sun April 22, 2012

Rally supports Pinnacle Charter School

Parents, administrators and faculty joined together Saturday in support of a potentially doomed Charter School. 

The New York State Board of Regents will vote early this week on the future of the nine year old Pinnacle Charter School, and closure is the expected outcome. The school has shown low scores on mandated state tests, but many argue that new school leadership and increasing student performance should give the school a reprieve.

Pinnacle houses 560 students between kindergarten and eighth grade.
 

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Great Lakes states could build wind farms
10:52 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Wind farms viewed for Great Lakes development

Off-shore wind farms in New York State's Great Lakes are once again a possibility.

New York is one of five states to have reached a memorandum of understanding with Washington on Friday for the development of off-shore wind farms. Once deemed too costly, the viability of the farms is still in question, but their construction and operation are expected to generate numerous jobs.

Environmentalists claim that wind farms in the state's Great Lakes and along the Atlantic shoreline could power every home in the state.

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Local
9:50 am
Tue March 20, 2012

New Congressional districts approved in New York

A federal court has approved the Congressional election districts lines for New York that were drawn by a magistrate to square with the 2010 Census.
    
In Monday's ruling, the three-judge panel noted that less than 24 hours remains until the scheduled start of the petitioning process for the June 26 Congressional primaries.

The judges say they delineated districts because New York legislators have failed to.
   
 The panel approved the lines drawn March 6 by U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann.

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