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

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

Comptroller issues report on IDA performance

May 8, 2013

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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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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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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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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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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Tops Markets is extending its reach in New York State.

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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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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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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.
 

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.
 

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.

New Congressional districts approved in New York

Mar 20, 2012

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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