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Ethics watchdog gives thumbs-up to Cuomo plane trip, scrutinizes others

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When Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a free private jet ride to the Virgin Islands last week that was paid for by a Manhattan billionaire who had just benefited from a bill signed by the governor, the state's lobbying and ethics watchdog signed off…

Marchione fires longtime confidential secretary

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HALFMOON — State Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione abruptly fired her longtime confidential secretary this week after the secretary's husband campaigned for a seat on the Rensselaer County Legislature against another member of the senator's staff.

Wednesday, Sep 20

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Albany's iconic Egg getting a new roof

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Crews are performing precursor work this week ahead of an estimated $4.4 million roof replacement project at The Egg performing arts center at the Empire State Plaza complex.

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Latest indictment in Percoco case hones government's charges

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ALBANY — A federal grand jury has returned a second superseding indictment in a major corruption case involving a former top aide to the governor who was snared in a state economic development scandal.

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Unified state GOP awaits its gubernatorial candidate

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COLONIE — State Republican Chairman Ed Cox preached party unity on Tuesday following the GOP's biennial reorganizational meeting, declaring that "we've never been as united as we are as a party now going forward."

Tuesday, Sep 19

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JCOPE again instructs NYCLU to disclose its donors

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After a lengthy debate, a majority of commissioners on the state’s lobbying and ethics watchdog panel ruled again Tuesday that the New York Civil Liberties Union must disclose the donors who contribute money to its state lobbying efforts.

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New UAlbany president slated for Times Union leadership luncheon

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Times Union Editor Rex Smith will host a conversation with Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, the newly-appointed president of the University at Albany, at the inaugural Times Union Leadership Luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Hearst Media…

From Washington, Faso targets New York's Scaffold Law

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ALBANY — U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, unveiled federal legislation on Tuesday that would pre-empt what critics say is a costly, outdated law that leaves property owners and contractors liable for some construction site injuries.

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Schumer tries to beat the clock on latest GOP health care effort

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Correction: An earlier version of his article misidentified Senator Charles Schumer's leadership position in the Senate. He is the minority leader.

Monday, Sep 18

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Stefanik charts path for moderates amid Washington partisanship

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ALBANY — In a Congress derided by critics for gridlock, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Essex County, is in a position to help steer the GOP's self-described "governing" wing.

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Cuomo signals support for single-payer health care

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo signaled support of single-payer health care at both the federal and state levels on Monday as Democrats nationwide rally around the issue.

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NYCLU: Police forces "being run like secret clubs"

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"Police are supposed to serve and answer to the people of New York, yet departments across the state are being run like secret clubs," NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said with release of the first installment of an ongoing study.

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Cuomo proposes credit reporting regulation in wake of Equifax breach

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration on Monday proposed a new rule that would require credit reporting agencies to register with the state, subjecting them to strict cybersecurity standards in the wake of the recent Equifax hack.

Saturday, Sep 16

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His life is more than his service

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Just before the land mine went off, Wayne Jackson was up in a tree, eating canned pound cake and peaches. It was early evening on April 20, 1967, and Sam Cooke's voice was coming out of Jackson's transistor radio. Cooke was singing about…

Friday, Sep 15

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Cuomo pledges to send troopers, MPs to U.S. Virgin Islands for post-Irma efforts

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ALBANY — Appearing in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he will send 30 state troopers and 100 Army National Guard soldiers to the island of St. Thomas to assist with security in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Thursday, Sep 14

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Capitol, state Education Building open for tours every Saturday soon

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The state Capitol and state Education buildings will be open for tours every Saturday beginning Oct. 7.

Wednesday, Sep 13

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Attorneys present case in medical marijuana expansion suit

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ALBANY — Attorneys argued for two hours on Tuesday in Albany County Supreme Court over whether the state can license five new medical marijuana producers, doubling the supply side of New York's nascent market.

Tuesday, Sep 12

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NY's top court won't hear Exxon's case opposing AG subpoena

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ALBANY — The state's Court of Appeals declined on Tuesday to hear an appeal by Exxon Mobil that sought to block state Attorney General Eric Scheniderman's attempts to subpoena records he contends are pertinent to an ongoing probe of what…

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Solemn recall of day of terror

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Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9/11 victims' relatives marked the anniversary of the attacks at ground zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony.

Monday, Sep 11

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What to watch across New York on primary day

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From Buffalo to Long Island, there are some key local primaries to pay attention to on Tuesday.

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Syracuse's grim legacy

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Weathered teddy bears marked the corner where 15-year-old Akil Williams was shot this summer. It's one block from where a bullet struck a 17-year old in the knee. Nearby is the front porch where 18-year-old Tyshawn Lemon was killed last…

Proposals made for shellfish, hit-and-run loophole

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A look at two state government issues to be examined this week:; Long Island shellfish New York state will spend $10 million to boost shellfish populations on Long Island, an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will help improve local water…

Sunday, Sep 10

At Trump hotel, order protested

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Hundreds of people have rallied outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City to protest the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Friday, Sep 8

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Reformers take aim at Scaffold Law from two fronts

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ALBANY — The state Scaffold Law, a statute installed to protect workers who helped build New York's now-iconic skyline in the 19th century, has for years withstood a battery of reform efforts from some special interests who bemoan the way…

Thursday, Sep 7

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This week on 'NYN': DEC challenges EPA over Hudson River dredging

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Don't miss this week's episode of "New York Now," the award-winning co-production of WMHT and the Times Union.

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State's highest court rejects pro-aid in dying arguments

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ALBANY — The state's highest court has dismissed a case filed by three terminally ill patients who sought a court order protecting their doctors if they prescribed a lethal dose of medication to help them die.

Wednesday, Sep 6

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Poll: Majority of NY voters support keeping Confederate statues up

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ALBANY — A majority of New York voters believe Confederate statues or memorials should stay up, according to a new poll, amid pleas for statues of Southern Civil War icons to be taken down nationwide.

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Top state court to hear Schenectady police discipline case

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ALBANY — The state's highest court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case about who should discipline Schenectady police officers.

Tuesday, Sep 5

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School aid advocates press their case in court

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ALBANY — Even though it's been a decade since the state legislature changed school aid formulas for New York's urban districts, funding advocates have continued their legal battles to get more money for needy schools.

New SUNY chancellor settles in

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ALBANY — Kristina Johnson spent the long weekend like most students getting ready for a return to school: She took a trip to Target to help furnish her new space, and made sure to have an outfit ready for her first day.