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Griffo says SUNY may get trial run at "empowerment"

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Gov. David Paterson ended the week Friday by signing 83 bills related to state and local issues from trapping to taxes.
Governor David Paterson has signed a law banning baby bottles, sippy cups and other children's products containing the controversial chemical bisphenol A, or BPA. It takes effect in December.

The "Lake Ontario wine trail" was expanded. Another bill increases the maximum state payments for agricultural protection, when project costs are contributed by the owner of the agricultural land.

The governor also signed the Midwifery Modernization Act. It had swept through the state Legislature with an overwhelming majority in the Assembly and a unanimous vote in the Senate before the legislature adjourned July 1. And the president of the SUNY Upstate Medical University was directed to study the need for branch campuses in the Fort Drum/Watertown and Mohawk Valley.

But the major business of the session, the state budget, is still not done. Word out of the state legislature Friday was that lawmakers were getting close to resolving one of the remaining issues of the budget, "empowerment" of State (and City) University of New York colleges. Martha Foley has more.

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