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NY to add $3B windfall to state budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is poised to collect nearly $3.3 billion from a recent settlement with France's largest bank for violating U.S. trade sanctions and conducting dollar transactions for clients in Sudan, Iran and Cuba.

The Cuomo administration plans to add it to the state budget to keep spending down.  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.
Empire Plaza in Albany.

NY offers new tours of Capitol, Empire State Plaza

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Visitors to New York state's Capitol this summer will be able to take advantage of new free tours of the historic building and the nearby Empire State Plaza.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the 30-minute tours of the plaza will focus on its history and design. The tour will include stops at the plaza concourse, the Egg Center for the Performing Arts and the outdoor plaza, which is adjacent to the Capitol and includes several state buildings and memorials.  Go to full article
GE dredging operation on the Upper Hudson. Photo: <a href="">GEreports</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
GE dredging operation on the Upper Hudson. Photo: GEreports, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GE reaches $7.95M settlement with river towns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) General Electric Co. has agreed to pay $7.95 million to partially settle a federal lawsuit filed by Hudson River communities that had to find alternate water supplies when the company began dredging for PCBs.

The Times-Union of Albany reports that the Fairfield, Connecticut-based company settled litigation with the towns and villages of Stillwater and Waterford, and with Waterford's water commissioners. The newspaper obtained the agreement through a Freedom of Information request.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">jpalinsad360</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: jpalinsad360, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY police step up traffic enforcement for holiday

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State Police are stepping up their patrols to catch drunk and distracted drivers over the July 4 weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Wednesday that the effort will run Thursday through Sunday. He says 500 electronic message boards will be placed alongside state roadways warning motorists against driving while intoxicated.  Go to full article
Albany from above. Photo: <a href="">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GOP Senators say Democrats will neglect upstate and Long Island

Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what's shaping up to be an election battle for control of the State Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won't care about Upstate and Long Island.  Go to full article
Mosquito bite, Photo: <a href="">dr_relling</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Mosquito bite, Photo: dr_relling, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY health officials urge mosquito bite precautions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state residents are being urged to avoid mosquito bites this summer now that health officials have found the season's first trace of West Nile Virus.

The state's Department of Health says the virus was confirmed in a mosquito sample from Rockland County last week.  Go to full article

NY ups spending for disabled outside institutions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal statistics show New York has stepped up spending to give the disabled a choice to live outside institutions since a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

The 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision said unnecessarily segregating people in mental hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions amounted to discrimination.  Go to full article
At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: <a href="">edenpictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: edenpictures, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS "universal pre-K" gets off to a very slow start

Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say that falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as universal pre-K, and many schools say that there are too many obstacles in the funding program.

When the state budget was approved back on March 31, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders touted funding for pre-kindergarten that they said could lead to universal pre-K in New York.  Go to full article

New York state opens primary voting hotline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York has a hotline to help voters cast their ballots during the Tuesday's federal primary elections.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the statewide hotline will help people with disabilities as well as New Yorkers who speak English as a second language.  Go to full article
Senate medical marijuana sponsor Diane Savino discusses successful vote  in the Senate. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate medical marijuana sponsor Diane Savino discusses successful vote in the Senate. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Medical marijuana passes NYS senate 49-10

The sponsor of the successful medical marijuana measure in the Senate, Sen. Diane Savino, says she's "gratified" by the larger-than-expected number of yes votes, and hopes the new law ha wider repercussions.  Go to full article

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