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GOP candidate for Attornet General John Cahill. Photo: Karen DeWitt
GOP candidate for Attornet General John Cahill. Photo: Karen DeWitt

AG challenger focuses on corruption commission

The Republican challenger in the race for New York Attorney General has begun airing television ads and making an issue of incumbent Eric Schneiderman's role in a controversial ethics commission.

Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill made several stops around the state recently where he focused on the controversial Moreland Commission on corruption.  Go to full article
Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nysendems/5690823610/">NYSenDems</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner. Photo: NYSenDems, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Group challenges New York redistricting plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A government watchdog group is challenging the wording of a ballot question on redistricting, saying the referendum on this fall's ballot is deceptive.  Go to full article

Rocks thrown from Thruway overpass; no injuries

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) State police say a number of motorists reported damage from large rocks tossed off a Thruway overpass near Albany.  Go to full article
At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10485077@N06/3799027263/">edenpictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: edenpictures, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY giving $340M to 81 schools, groups for pre-K

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials say 81 school districts and community groups are set to receive $340 million to fund full-day pre-kindergarten programs for nearly 37,000 children.  Go to full article
State eduation commissioner John King fielded hostile questions from across the North Country at a Schroon Lake forum. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission
State eduation commissioner John King fielded hostile questions from across the North Country at a Schroon Lake forum. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission

Progress on Common Core tests, but 2/3 students still fail

The state released the results of last year's Common Core tests yesterday. New York's school children made incremental progress in math scores but no gains in English tests in the second year of the exams. Education officials say overall, only around one third of students actually passed the tests. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
NYS Assembly districts (detail). Map: NYS
NYS Assembly districts (detail). Map: NYS

Will ballot amendment ease gerrymandering "scheming?"

Government reform groups are split over whether an amendment on the November ballot to change the way legislative district lines are drawn is an improvement, or will make only make gerrymandering worse.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo with Nir Barkat,  Mayor of Jerusaleml. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14727719858/">New York Governor's Office</a>
Governor Cuomo with Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusaleml. Photo: New York Governor's Office

NY governor offers "total solidarity" for Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is visiting Israel, where he is expressing "total solidarity" with the country in the month-long Gaza war.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gwilmore/75404102">Garry Wilmore</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Photo: Garry Wilmore, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Who's paying for state leaders' legal fees? You.

Governor Cuomo's administration and the legislature are spending around $1.3 million dollars this year in payments to private law firms, and the public is paying for it, says a fiscally conservative study center.  Go to full article
Billy Easton, with Alliance for Quality Education, explains report showing schools are underfunded by billions of dollars. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Billy Easton, with Alliance for Quality Education, explains report showing schools are underfunded by billions of dollars. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Education advocates say use $4B surplus for schools

The state recently announced it projects a $4.2 billion surplus this year. Education funding advocates say it should be used to fully fund schools in New York, particularly those in the poorest areas.  Go to full article
Bob Antonacci, Republican candidate for state Comptroller. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO
Bob Antonacci, Republican candidate for state Comptroller. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

What's a publicly financed campaign like? Slow.

There is only one statewide candidate in New York who is participating in a pilot public campaign finance program. Republican candidate for Comptroller Bob Antonacci says it's been slow going, but he expects to collect enough individual donors to qualify for the state matching funds.  Go to full article

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