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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law in January. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law in January. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Ten-bullet clip portion of NY SAFE act may go

Governor Cuomo confirms that he and legislative leaders are talking about changing the state's newly enacted gun laws to rescind a ban on the sale of 10 bullet magazines.  Go to full article

Legislature crawls toward budget finish line

The New York State budget is crawling to a conclusion, as legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo continue closed door meetings to try to strike a final deal.  Go to full article
Advocates for New York State's hungry rally at the Capitol in Nov., 2012 for an increase in the state's minimum wage. Some social services agencies are concerned about a wage hike. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Minimum wage hike pinches social service budgets

As state lawmakers and Governor Cuomo finalize the state budget, it looks like New York will raise the minimum wage gradually over three years.

Under the emerging agreement, the current $7.25 hourly minimum wage would increase to $8 an hour in January, to $8.75 at the beginning of 2015, and reach $9 an hour by the end of 2015.

If it happens, it would mean a wage jump of 24 percent in three years. Business leaders have expressed concern about the increased costs, while labor unions, religious, and anti-hunger groups are pushing for the hike.

Social services agencies in the North Country say increasing the minimum wage could help some people, but it also gives them reasons for concern.  Go to full article
Nearly 100 people attended a special meeting on New York's new gun law Monday night at the old Essex County courthouse in Elizabethtown. The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution calling for repeal of the Secure Ammunitions and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy of <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Essex County calls for SAFE Act repeal

Essex County wants the state to repeal the Secure Ammunitions and Firearms Enforcement, or NY SAFE, Act and replace it with measures that are fully vetted by the public....  Go to full article
An energy-efficient heating and cooling system being tested at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Photo: Syracuse Center of Excellence

Can green tech be competitive with NYS "green bank?"

Late last year, the Cuomo administration laid out its agenda to address New York's future energy requirements. The plan needs to address a range of issues including energy...  Go to full article
Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand: minimum wage should be even higher

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is making the case that New York's proposed minimum wage increase to $9 an hour is actually not enough. She is co-sponsoring a bill to raise the...  Go to full article
Image from Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State presentation, highlighting public safety and gun control. Photo: NYS Governor's Office

NYS Legislature considers modifying NY SAFE Act

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are talking about amendments to the state's new gun control laws.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, following a...  Go to full article

Interim presidents appointed at SUNY Potsdam, Canton

The State University of New York colleges in Canton and Potsdam each will have a new interim president starting June 1. The SUNY Board of Trustees approved the appointments...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law in January. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57782386@N06">Flickr</a>

Why NYS Republicans disapprove of Cuomo

A new poll finds Governor Cuomo is paying a political price with Republicans in New York for enacting the state's tough new gun laws.  Go to full article
The new Champlain Bridge opened to traffic (including foot traffic) in November, 2011. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Why don't all the Lake Champlain Bridge lights work?

New York's Department of Transportation will look at why some of the lights on the new Lake Champlain Bridge don't work.

LED lights illuminate the Crown Point...  Go to full article
Adirondack storyteller Mitch Lee.  Photo: Mitch Lee

National Storytelling Day: "The White Feather" by Mitch Lee

Today is the first day of spring. It's also World Storytelling Day -- a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, celebrated every year on the vernal equinox in...  Go to full article
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