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Show Our Kids the Money

by Ali Hibbs May 9, 2015

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  Gov. Andrew Cuomo failed to provide a promised $6 billion to public schools across the state, according to a report released last week by Alliance for a Quality Education, Opportunity Action, and the Public Policy ...

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Andrew Cuomo: Report Card Shark

by Travis Durfee February 5, 2015

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  It was a cautionary tale, and I learned it in school. Technically, I learned the lesson in NYC at the South Street Seaport, but it was a field trip with my high school Spanish Club that ...

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Power Outage

by Ali Hibbs January 29, 2015

  Federal prosecutors launched a grand jury investigation into the activities of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) in June 2013, one month before the formation of Cuomo’s now-defunct Moreland Commission—but the powerful politician has been suspected ...

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In Case You Forgot

by Ali Hibbs January 29, 2015

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  While it was immediately eclipsed by the FBI arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his 2015 budget and gave the annual State of the State address in Albany last week—an address ...

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Band of Broaders

by Paul Rapp January 22, 2015

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  All kinds of fun on the broadband front. Finally, we’re seeing some leadership that understands the need for real and affordable high-speed Internet, as a basic human right, as a public-safety necessity, as an economic ...

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State of the Protest

by Ali Hibbs January 22, 2015

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  “I wasn’t read my rights or told [what the charges were],” Masai Andrews told friends on Facebook yesterday after being released by Albany Police following his arrest at a protest against police violence in the ...

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Pay It Forward

by Ann Morrow January 22, 2015

  Small businesses in New York state may be getting a break in the form of a phased tax cut that will bring this business tax to its lowest level since it was implemented in 1917. ...

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No Fair

by Ali Hibbs January 15, 2015

  “Inequality in our public schools is the burning education issue of the day,” says Billy Easton, the executive director for the Alliance for Quality Education. “Raising the cap on privately run charter schools will do ...

In Darkness We Trust

by Ann Morrow January 8, 2015

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  Skyglow may sound like a pretty phenomenon, but it’s not: It’s the light pollution from outdoor lighting, and it causes a range of problems, from interfering with bird migrations to disrupting the circadian rhythms of ...

Local Heroes

by The Staff December 24, 2014

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  Peaceful Acres Horses Strawberry is an orphaned filly who was rescued from a cruel owner. Her belly is still distended from parasites and her fur is course and patchy from malnutrition, but she is on the ...

Frack No!!!

by Ali Hibbs December 19, 2014

  Putting an end to years of uncertainty, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced Wednesday (Dec. 17) that it will ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Citing public health and environmental concerns, the governor ...

Crude Progress

by Ali Hibbs December 4, 2014

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  Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office released a status report early this week on crude-oil transportation in New York state. The report outlines 66 actions taken by New York to strengthen standards, regulations and procedures, with the ...

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Dems Lose in Midterms, but Greens get a Boost

by Ali Hibbs November 6, 2014

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  The progressive arm of the Democratic Party doesn’t seem to fare too well in midterm elections of late—and this year was no different. While the nation saw conservatives take control of the Senate and expand ...

Govermonster

by Ali Hibbs October 30, 2014

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    “I’ve known [Gov. Andrew Cuomo] since he was 18 years old,” says Allen Roskoff at an Albany press conference in support of Green Party candidate, Howie Hawkins. “And I’ve never cast a ballot for him. ...

Let the Sun Power In

by The Staff October 1, 2014

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  There’s a lot of sunbeam power about to shine over the Capital Region. Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the NY-Sun initiative would be distributing almost $100 million in funding for large solar ...

A Humbling Lesson

by Ali Hibbs September 11, 2014

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  If Capital Region Democrats had gotten their way this Tuesday, Zephyr Teachout would be the Democratic nominee for the gubernatorial election in November and, by most accounts, would have gone on to become the state’s ...

A Progressive Challenge

by Ali Hibbs September 4, 2014

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  The state democratic primaries are only five days away and, to many New Yorkers, it seems as though Zephyr Rain Teachout—true to her eerily appropriate name—has come blowing into the gubernatorial race in its final ...

It’s a Start

by Ali Hibbs June 26, 2014

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  New York State is finally set to legalize a medical-marijuana program that will ease the suffering of patients who have waited more than 20 years for relief. But critics say that many more New Yorkers ...

Dicey Propositions

by Ann Morrow May 30, 2014

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  “Casino gambling has literally become America’s new national pastime, with higher attendance than professional baseball, football, and every other professional sport combined,” said Bob Steele, the keynote speaker at an anti-casinos forum held last week ...

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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

by Natasha Scully April 3, 2014

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  After days of protests outside the New York State Capitol and behind-closed-doors negotiations inside, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders concluded a $138 billion budget deal. Outlined in the budget is a $1.1 billion—or 5.3 percent—increase ...

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Stop and Think

by Erin Pihlaja January 16, 2014

  It was hard to miss the anti-fracking rally at the Empire State Plaza concourse when Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his 2014 State of State address last Wednesday (Jan. 8). The thousands of people waving signs ...

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Governor, Take Care of Your People

by Molly Eadie January 16, 2014

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  “In the future days . . . we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. . . . The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings ...

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Into the Shallow Weeds

by Erin Pihlaja January 9, 2014

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    “Twenty states have already started to use it, let's now initiate a program allowing up to 20 hospitals to prescribe medical marijuana and we will monitor the program to evaluate the effectiveness and the feasibility ...

Taxing News?

by Erin Pihlaja December 12, 2013

On Tuesday (Dec. 10), a state tax commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a report outlining recommendations for ways to provide relief to homeowners and business by reducing property and business taxes in the ...

A Decision Will Have to Be Made

by Christina Dillon October 24, 2013

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  Saturday (Oct. 19) was an international day of action to ban hydrofracking. The event, called Global Frackdown, united the Capital Region’s residents alongside 200 other towns and cities across the world. Albany’s Townsend Park attracted ...